Kristin Palm Recommends...

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"I am very interested in cities and places, and in having conversations with them. Research and lists are big for me. Often, lists I make become poems unto themselves. Notes from my research make some of the strongest lines in my poems, I've found, or, like the lists, turn into poems of their own. I began my book The Straits in response to the sparse but lyrical narration in a Russian film, Palms, so I find listening for refrains and cadences—anywhere and everywhere—then responding to them highly evocative. It's not something I do deliberately, as some do by listening to music, but I always find myself tuning into certain rhythms when I'm out and about or in something I'm reading and later realize that it has entered my work."
—Kristin Palm
, author of The Straits (Palm Press, 2009)