Category: Author Notes

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Author Note: Audrey Gradzewicz

by Audrey Gradzewicz

Audrey Gradzewicz published her poem “Because When I Translate Middle English, I Always Assume that Bread is the Body of Christ” in the most recent issue of The Puritan, Winter 2017. As part of our ongoing Author Notes series, she lets us in on the composition of the poem.

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Author Note: William Kemp

by William Kemp

The poem “Boomer Sooner” appeared in the Fall 2016 issue of The Puritan. As part of The Town Crier’s Author Notes series, William Kemp gives us a glimpse into the making of the piece.

“Boomer Sooner” is a found poem comprised (almost) entirely of lines spoken by legendary wrestling commentator Jim Ross on commentary—a few lines are from backstage interviews and one is from a tweet,

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Author Note: Maureen Scott Harris

by Maureen Scott Harris

Maureen Scott Harris is the author of the poem “Nijinsky,” which appeared in Issue 35 of The Puritan. In this author note, Harris describes some of the background to the poem’s composition.

In 2014 I saw a performance by the National Ballet of Canada of John Neumeier’s ballet Nijinsky—a brilliant work brilliantly danced.

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Author Note: Claire Farley

by Claire Farley

Claire Farley is the author of the poem “Pointillism,” which appeared in Issue 35 of The Puritan. Here, Claire talks about the poem as part of our ongoing Author Notes series.

The poem “Pointillism” developed from thinking I’d been doing about feminist public poetics.

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Author Note: Andy Verboom

by Andy Verboom

Andy Verboom is the author of the poem “Jesus H. Christ Does Private Dancing,” which appeared in The Puritan’s latest issue, Fall 2016. Read the poem, “keep your doubt in your pants,” and find out what influenced its composition in the following author note.

“Jesus H.

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Author Note: Richard Georges

by Richard Georges

As part of our ongoing Author Notes series, The Town Crier presents this note from Richard Georges, whose poem “Blue Runner” appeared in The Puritan Issue 35. Here, he talks about some of the poets he admires and who have influenced his work.

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Author Note: Kyle Kinaschuk

by Kyle Kinaschuk

The poem “Architecture I” by Kyle Kinaschuk was published in The Puritan Issue 34 in summer 2016. As part of The Town Crier’s Author Notes series, Kyle delves into what inspires and troubles his practice.

I will have begun,

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Author Note: Natalie Wee

by Natalie Wee

Natalie Wee published the poem “Yellow Fever” in The Puritan Issue 34, poetry edited by Sonnet L’Abbé. As part of our ongoing Author Note series, Natalie Wee talks about the influences that inspired the poem.

The idea for my piece came after I read Franny Choi’s “To the Man Who Shouted ‘I Like Pork Fried Rice’ at Me on the Street,” which deals with the fetishization of Asian women and how they are often constructed as objects for white male consumption.

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Author Note: Jill Talbot

by Jill Talbot

Jill Talbot is the author of two poems, “A Towel’s Life” and “Ontology of Dreams,” in The Puritan’s Summer 2016 issue, poetry edited by Sonnet L’Abbé. For The Town Crier’s ongoing Author Notes series, here she talks about her writing process.

Sometimes I have to step out and look at a flower,

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Author Note: David Alexander

by David Alexander

David Alexander published the poem “Food of the Gods, a How-To Guide” in The Puritan Issue 33, Spring 2016. Like many of his poems, it’s about chickens.

I’m eating wings at Ethel’s Lounge in Waterloo, 2005. My friend Sonal is vegan, and we’re close enough that she doesn’t mind needling me about dinner.