Mary Jo Bang is an American poet and author of six books, including The Bride of E, Elegy, and The Eye Like a Strange Balloon. Her work has appeared in New American Writing, Paris Review, The New Yorker, The New Republic, Denver Quarterly and Harvard Review.
Here, she speaks with us about finding inspiration in poetry, the “vexed interiority” of her speakers, and the uses of criticism.
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Produced by James Simenc and Jerry Gorin / Interview by Mike Goetzman