Q&A: Roadwork

Is the shape of the poem meant to resemble a cup?


What can you tell us about the transition from the teatime conversation to the stanzas containing the information about erotic “road work?”

I started with two separate poems. Each felt thin. The first was straightforward but boring. The second, now the middle part, came from an e-mail I received which described a road with a bypass and issues of signage. The second poem seemed to be about the contrary nature of love and to belong with “teatime conversation,” as you put it.  

Please tell us more about “oxblood.”

I have a gorgeous oxblood lamp, yet the name of the color is repulsive. Maybe the positive and the negative together embody the oppositions of this poem.


This poem originally appeared in the December 2011 issue of Poetry magazine

December 2011

Originally appeared in Poetry magazine.

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