Danez Smith on Surrealism

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“We are surreal beings.... We dream, which is the most surreal thing in the world.” Danez Smith speaks with Lauren K. Alleyne about imagination and language in this video for The Fight & The Fiddle, a publication of the Furious Flower Poetry Center at James Madison University. Smith is the author of Don’t Call Us Dead (Graywolf Press, 2017), which was a finalist for the 2017 National Book Award in poetry.

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A Conversation With Dawn Lundy Martin

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“Innovation in every single art form is necessary in order for us to be able to imagine something else.” In this video from Furious Flower, Dawn Lundy Martin discusses her fascination with the Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Žižek, collaborating with the Black Took Collective, and the value of experimental poetry.

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