Interview with Sarah Kravitz



Here’s an interview with Sarah Kravitz, who gave Bop Dead City “Type Anatomy.”


She’s on the right.

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Describe your work in 25 words or less.

There are poems that feel tangible. Those poems are not mine. My poems shatter into abstraction when they hit the concrete.


Tell me about your poem “Type Anatomy.”

I have teased letters all my life—in “Type Anatomy,” I wanted to expose text, to caress the aesthetics of font, to undress Helvetica and explore the sensuality of typographic representation.


What or who inspires you to write?

Fleeting expressions on my students’ faces. A cringe. A silence. Family legends. All the dark crevices of the mind.


What authors have influenced you as a writer?

Pablo Neruda. Allen Ginsberg. Thomas Pynchon. Joyce Carol Oates. Sylvia Plath. Aldous Huxley. Philip K. Dick. Haruki Murakami. Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez. Raymond Carver. Margaret Atwood. Sandra Cisneros. Virginia Woolf. Jonathan Safran Froer.


Do you have a blog/website?


Where can we read you next?

My piece “Punishing a Fig Tree” was recently published in Stone Highway Review


What are you working on right now?

I have abandoned two consecutive novels on page 280. I hope to return to these neglected works, particularly 00:11 Universal, a work of speculative fiction that describes a man who is a prisoner of introspection. However, my current focus is on academic publications.


Any advice for other writers?

Persistence. Patience. Perspective. Seek the profound within the personal. 

About bopdeadcity

Bop Dead City is an independent, quarterly literary magazine. We are seeking new writers who have a great story to tell. Sound craftsmanship couldn't hurt either. All of our issues are available for purchase here on the site through Paypal. If you’d like to know more about what type of work we publish, reading a back issue would be the best way to do it. View all posts by bopdeadcity

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