"I try to trust that a poem's music and movement and, ultimately, meaning, germinate in the darker, more intuitive part of the mind, and not through my well-intentioned planning. My better poems grow out of that trust."
"I still think that when I write, I want to feel the way I did when roaming around in those woods as a child—interested in discovery, open to it. And also clearheaded. Alive."
"Poetry makes the world fresh and raw and strange by finding new language for it."
"Writing poetry helps me to ask questions and address conflicts or tensions that most of us (me, anyway) don’t get a chance to address in everyday conversation."
"Emma Burghardt's contribution to the 2011 Motion Poems film project (which animates work included in Best American Poetry) was this post-apocalyptic poem written by K.A. Hays. Uproar did music and sound design for this visually stunning work." (film)
"Whether or not one subscribes to notions of divine agency, the poem itself serves as some form of divine agent..." (prose)
Other People, Places:
Claire Vaye Watkins
Diana Khoi Nguyen
Kimi Cunningham Grant
Audubon's Birds of America
Cornell Lab Bird Cams
Pennsylvania State Forests
Stadler Center for Poetry
Bucknell Seminar for Undergraduate Poets
American Civil Liberties Union
Rogue Environmental Protection Agency