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Dan Albergotti 

Neither

Her eyes flared like torches. She couldn’t understand
how she’d struck me dumb. She couldn’t believe,
she said, how I could believe nothing, wouldn’t accept
that I would choose annihilation, death over life.

(That’s what she said: death over life. Said it was a choice.)
She told me her lord stood and knocked and waited
for me to open a door. It’s really a simple choice, she said.
Everlasting life or eternal death. Which one do you want?

Her eyes flared like torches carried by monks
or by villagers. Her words seemed to float
from her mouth, and her teeth were beautiful.
Isn’t that strange, that teeth can be beautiful?

Have you ever looked at a mouth and thought,
Those teeth are beautiful? Have you ever looked at a skull
and thought, Those teeth are beautiful? Have you ever thought
about the teeth of a crocodile tearing at the flesh

of an early mammal, crushing bones and flashing white
against primordial mud millennia before the first hominid?
Have you ever thought about all those years of silence?
I didn’t want to hurt her as she stood there waiting.

I wanted to say something that would please her,
but I couldn’t tell her she was right. She was not right.
She was neither right nor wrong, neither light
nor dark. She was neither angel nor demon, neither dove

nor asp. She was neither the one who could save me
nor the one who could damn me. She was neither
the pearl nor the meal, neither the fossil nor the fir.
She was neither judge nor gem, neither catechism

nor catacomb, neither breath nor body nor fire nor fear
nor yes nor no. She was neither nil nor love
in this half-life world, neither the bomb, nor the flash,
nor the wave that washes everything away.

Well? she said, nearly spitting, her eyes flaring still.
Which . . . one . . . do . . . you . . . want?
And my answer held there, like a flame,
in the deepening silence between us.
 
Invocation

O lord
of severed cord
and flesh, lord of fever,
sweat, dementia, and meat cleaver,
lord of curtains set ablaze, of burning,
lord of tumors, of remission, of returning,
lord of time and time alone, lord of space and empty space,
lord without body, without soul, lord without feet or face,
lord of statistics, lord of bodies, lord of death,
lord of breathless hope, lord of hopeless breath,
O lord of every deafened ear,
I know you’ll never hear
in vacant air
this prayer.
 
Aphelion & Aphasia

July, Virginia, one hundred degrees.
A wall of wind has swept enormous trees
off the face of the earth, and a sick man    
has killed twelve strangers in a theater,
and I’m supposed to craft an art from air—
make something here worth memory, worth speech—
and I just want to make a confession:
I can’t frame, form, or even find those words.
Syllables stutter in my silent head
while the distant sun spits its light at me
eight minutes, twenty-five seconds ago.

This morning I tried to articulate
a rough definition of poetry
to a table of strangers. I told them
essentially nothing. It was mostly
pauses, unfinished sentences, silence.

One evening during a broadcast bombing
of Baghdad in the nineties, my sister,
whose mind had not yet completely fallen
into madness, tried to describe for me
the sound of a tremendous explosion
I had missed while I was in the bathroom.
Boom! she said, and her eyes grew wide, her head
bobbed back a bit, and then she stared, confused,
at the blank space before her, as if stunned
by the percussive force of her own voice
or baffled by its inability
to make any meaning, to say it right.
Wow, I said, trying to offer comfort.

We’d each managed one simple syllable,
and that’s the only real conversation
I can recall over the void of years.

When I was leaving the family slowly,
my mother would call and ask, How are you?
I would say, Fine, and we would both listen
to the silence on the line, and I would
listen to the silence of my bedroom
in Greensboro after she had hung up
in Florence, would imagine the silence
of that house that I’d abandoned her to,
the silence she would sleep in and wake to.

In her last few years, she lost more and more
the ability to speak. Right, right, right
was almost all she could say in response
to anything.
                   Mother, I can’t come home.

Right, right, right.

                   Mother, I won’t be coming
home ever again. I’m gone.

                                        Right, right, right.

Mother, I wish it could have been different.

Right. It could have been. Right. It couldn’t have.
Right.

          The last time I saw her in this world,
she’d been diagnosed with early stages
of Alzheimer’s. I sat at a table
with her and my father, not having seen
either for months. I remember nothing
of the conversation except for this:
her slow struggle to construct one sentence.
It’s only . . . going to get . . . worse.
       Right, right, right.

Composers, painters, and sculptors waited
patiently as I tried to find the words.
But I was hearing the meter of words
unsaid, the silence between my attempts
feeling closer to poetry, to truth.

I looked beyond them and out the window
at the torn limbs that still littered the ground
after the great storm of two weeks before.

Dante’s suicides are denied the right
to speak, transformed into small trees that sway
in hell’s wind. They must be injured again
to gain a momentary voice. They speak
when Dante breaks their branches, and like most
of the souls in that inferno they use
their allotted time to express regret.

My voice felt as wrong as the distant sun
warming the earth when it’s farthest away
as I stammered about form, refinement
of the soul, the transformative power
of metaphor, and the necessity
of failure. I smiled and excused myself.

I walked outside amidst the fallen limbs
and listened hard to their silence, trying
to imagine the sound of the great wind
that passed two weeks before I’d arrived there,
feeling the heat of the far sun, knowing
it took eight minutes, twenty-five seconds
to reach me, knowing that what’s in the past
is unreachable now and all voices
will be quiet forever soon, fading
as they get farther and farther away.

                          - from Millennial Teeth

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Dan Albergotti is the author of The Boatloads, (BOA Editions, 2008) which was selected by Edward Hirsch as the winner of the 2007 A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize, and Millennial Teeth (Southern Illinois University Press, 2014), which was selected by Rodney Jones as the winner of the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry Open Competition in 2013. He is also the author of a limited-edition chapbook, The Use of the World, published by Unicorn Press in 2013. Albergotti's poems have appeared in The Cincinnati Review, Five Points, Mid-American Review, The Southern Review, The Virginia Quarterly Review, and other journals. His first chapbook, Charon's Manifest, won the 2005 Randall Jarrell/Harperprints Chapbook Competition, and one of his poems was reprinted in Best New Poets 2005. His poem "Things to Do in the Belly of the Whale" won the 2005 Oneiros Press Poetry Broadside Contest and was printed in a limited letterpress edition in March 2007. He has been a scholar at the Sewanee and Bread Loaf writers' conferences and a fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. In spring 2008 his poem "What They're Doing" was selected for a Pushcart Prize. A graduate of the MFA program at UNC Greensboro and former poetry editor of The Greensboro Review, he founded the online journal Waccamaw at Coastal Carolina University, where he is Professor and Chair of the Department of English.

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A Review of Dan Albergotti's The Boatloads by Craig Beaven, first published by Blackbird

The concept of the Poet-Priest is an old one. We generally use the title to describe those poets who seem to be attuned to a higher order, a higher sight or way of seeing that goes beyond the mundane. These poets often have a spiritual bent to their work, seeing the sacred among the events of the everyday.

Dan Albergotti has taken this concept of the Poet-Priest to its logical, twenty-first-century conclusion. This isn’t to say Albergotti is a priest, that he adheres to a specific dogma, or that he has taken vows of any sort (other than, likely, the de facto vow of poverty all poets take). It means simply that he sees religious beauty and scale in the secular, finds the strange, mystical, magical, unreal, and surreal in the life we all move through and engage. The poems here position the speaker as one who, like Moses, is gifted with a kind of second sight, who can see things that others cannot, and whose burden it is to bring these visions back to us, relay them in all their mystery and wonder.

Appropriately, the book begins with “Vestibule,” where the speaker recounts making love in an empty church. Here, the physical act of love was more than the biology of intercourse; it “preached a quiet sermon / not just on the divinity of skin, but on the grace / of the heart beneath.” Because the poem is written after the Language poets and postmodernism, the speaker/poet must tip his hat to those who would scorn such grandiose visions, and he acknowledges that many readers would find this image hyperbolic. Such is the dilemma of the poet who can see and hear the spiritual life that goes on around us, often unnoticed. “And if you say sentiment and cliché, then that / is what you say. What I know is what is sacred.” “Vestibule” is a preview of the bold poems that will follow, the entryway to the larger cathedral inside. The speaker knows he will be called crazy by many, but he sticks to his guns and images unapologetically, demanding that his way of seeing is as valid (and true) as any other.

Pews, hymns, lots and lots and lots of references to God—some readers may be wary of such close adherence to religion and religious objects and materials. Albergotti never preaches, only seeks, and the emphasis on the spiritual never overwhelms the power of poetry. A piece titled “Song of the Gods” begins with the drama and lyricism of the lines “We live in the light, unbeheld, / in morning glare and the low rays // of evening.” That kind of high tone is everywhere in the book, making for a poetry that feels larger than most being written today. Even as the poems move through the everyday—having drinks with parents, watching a squirrel die, remembering a grandmother, recalling a boy who burns his toy soldiers—the tone and elevated style always lift the poem into a sphere of higher art and utterance, a speech beyond speech that is a purer record of human thought, consciousness, and knowledge. In “Lesson of the Elements: Fire,” the flame that melts a child’s army toys is, years later, those other flames that have burned through the centuries:

                                                We say Ilium and auto-da-fé,
            napalm and Nagasaki. Our words are like tongues

of flame atop toy soldiers, consuming us as soon
            as we utter them. We speak swirls of fiery stars
                      back at the cosmos. Our words make flames rise

like the screams of victims or like the body
           of a god ascending into heaven. We say
                      Alpha and Omega, one and another word of the fire.

In the context of the larger book, this flame can only recall the burning bush that speaks to Moses and the tongues of fire that appeared on the heads of the Apostles when they began to speak in tongues. Here, the method of the text is laid bare: the thinking and seeing take us through ages, places, people, and into the heavens, transforming flame and word and tongue into things that are themselves and greater, bigger versions of themselves. The magic of this book lies in the consistent, awe-inducing leaps and images that Albergotti makes, poem after poem, page after page. Call Albergotti’s style here a religious vernacular, a style of poetry that captures the day-to-day experience, infused with grandeur, awe, time, history, and the eternal.

Another approach to the mystical is evident in poems like “Methuselah Dead” and “Things to Do in the Belly of the Whale,” which literalize and humanize the stories from the Bible, finding humor and connections between the present and ancient biblical events and characters. Likewise, the recurring, numbered poems called “Songs” recall both the book of Psalms and the songs of lamentation and praise that the Psalms derive from, as well as often sampling from the longing-lyrics of a pop song from the radio. In these contexts, Albergotti both humanizes the grandness and largeness of the Bible and connects our human experience to a greater, spiritual one.

Perhaps the “faith” of the book is just that the world is beautiful, contains the possibility for greatness and wonder, that this world opens to other deeper, better worlds right before us. We need a Poet-Priest like Albergotti to show us that world, to conjure it and lead us through it, ferry us across, like his own Charon, mysteries and all. And that is what The Boatloads does remarkably.

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Click here to read a review of Dan's chapbook, The Use of the World, at Southern Humanities Review

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An Interview with Dan Albergotti by Daniel Cross Turner, first published at storySouth

Daniel Cross Turner: Many of your poems show a heightened attention to the nonhuman surround. Your commitment seems to run deeper than a "landscape" or "nature" poet: your descriptions of the natural environs are more densely detailed, more clear-sighted and painstaking-at times even to the level of an excruciating "primitivism" in the mode of Robinson Jeffers, James Dickey, or Robert Penn Warren. If there's something sacred in nature, it is often born of sacrifice, summoning the shared etymological roots of those terms (e.g., "Affirmation of Faith"). But-perhaps in contrast to those previous poets-your poems pointedly, poignantly note bloodloss without reveling in bloodlust.

Dan Albergotti: That's true-I have absolutely no interest in blood for blood's sake. But the blood flows. The blood flows every day, in the human world and in what you've called "the nonhuman surround." Most people simply turn away, but I think it's the poet's job to show what's at stake in this life-everything, all the time.

I'm also very interested in the natural world as it exists in the absence of the human. We tend to be entirely anthrocentric in our thought, placing ourselves at the heart of everything. But I'm obsessed with the fact that we've been here for four seconds on Carl Sagan's "Cosmic Calendar." The rough estimates suggest that the first hominids date to about 7 million years ago, with homo sapiens evolving around 100,000 years ago. Meanwhile, the crocodile seems to have been around in its current form for about 55 million years. I'm interested in those "human-less" crocodile years.

DCT: Your poetic treatment of animals, in particular, is astonishing. Your poetic creatures often embody what I call, borrowing a great phrase from "Affirmation of Faith," a spirited carcassness-an animated or vibrant materialism. The speaker notes some providence (though not necessarily a very special one) in the fall of a sparrow, whose corpse leaks out "an expanding halo of clear fluid" that might well "continue growing even / if a neighborhood cat were to spirit the carcass away." What draws you to animals in your poems? How do you conceive of connections-and divergences-between human and nonhuman animals? What overlaps or distinctions do you see between human and nonhuman forms of consciousness?

DA: Based on what I said above, I guess it's surprising that I would speak of animals in terms of human mythologies or ideas of spiritualism, but you're right-I do it all the time. Maybe it's my sense of the purity of animal existence, a purity that comes from the lack of self-consciousness. When Keats wishes to "fade away" with the nightingale, he wants to "quite forget" what the bird "hast never known." And what the bird has never known, of course, is the fact of its own mortality, that heavy weight that we humans always carry. To be able to shed that burden, to return to an evolutionary past uncorrupted by that thought . . . well, it's an attractive impossibility. Maybe I'm trying to commune imaginatively with the animals I write about. They seem at once more primitive and more advanced than humankind. And at times, yes, their purity seems god-like.
But while there is a remove of the animal from the human, there's also an undeniable sense of kinship. I think the Human Genome Project's mapping of human DNA found that our genetic code is over 96% identical to that of chimpanzees. Identical. It's not that we're over 96% "like" chimpanzees; it's that we're over 96% chimpanzee. Some people might think such a fact is denigrating to humanity, but I actually see it as uplifting, even ennobling. "I'm an animal. You're an animal too," sings Neko Case. Indeed. And that's a good thing.

DCT: Continuing along this line, your poems feature a number of birds of prey . . . often at prey (e.g., "The Osprey and the Late Afternoon"; "The Mystery of the Great Blue Heron"; "The Egret and the Dawn"). This motif in your work is perhaps something like poetic ornithology, or ornithology set to poetry. What is it about birds or birdlife that impels your creativity? Is it some combination of grace and terror, beauty and force? Or something else? What part, if any, do poetic precursors or influences play in your avian poems-for instance, the aforementioned modern "primitive" poets (Warren or Jeffers or Dickey)? And/or Romantic forebears who famously made birds into poetic things of song, like Keats or Shelley? Or, going way back, the classical poets, like Homer or Ovid?

DA: Well, my reference to Keats's "Ode to a Nightingale" above already gives me away a little bit. For my money, it's the best poem in the language, and its lines are always in my head. I'm also a big fan of Hardy's "The Darkling Thrush." And there are many more I could think of. I think you hit on an important point with that combination of "grace and terror, beauty and force." Birds can make beautiful music and fly with uncanny grace. They can also pluck the eyes out of a hanged man's corpse or, en masse, take down an airplane. And they're supposedly the closest living relatives of the dinosaurs. So yes, there's something sublimely beautiful and something sublimely terrifying in birds, and I do think that enigmatic combination plays a role in my fascination.

DCT: Although most of your poetic birds seem rather untamed, nobly intact and aloof from human presence, you also describe domesticated animals in your poems, though these sometimes seem to worry the very lines between "domesticity" and "wildness" (e.g., "All the Birds in Unison"; "Lost Birds"; "Notes for a Poem in which God Does Not Appear"; "Poem in which God Does Not Appear").

DA: The incident described in "Notes for a Poem in which God Does Not Appear" is autobiographical. I was twelve years old. One moment I was standing there with my 16-month-old Chihuahua and my great-uncle's Collie. The next I was slamming my fists into the larger dog, trying to make him loosen his jaws from the torso of mine. It was the most formative moment of my youth, the event that showed me we're never more than a second away from domestication's dissolution into savagery. That understanding has been with me, has been in the forefront of my thought, ever since.

DCT: Most of your accounts of that nonhuman surround figure both the land/terrain and animal life in meticulous detail and depth-there's a realness present in your poems, a heft or materiality. Yet you also offer mythic scapes and creatures (e.g., "Things to Do in the Belly of the Whale"; "When the World Was Only Ocean"). What draws you to these mythic beasts? Do you think there's any important difference between "real" and "mythical" animals in your poems? Sometimes even when describing the mythic creatures, you give them full material presence, like the pair of unicorn suicides who give into despair and launch themselves off the side of Noah's Ark into the briny blue: "The heavy splash they made filled the day . . . / their large bodies spiraling, / heavy haunches first, their faces staring back up at us."

DA: I like the idea of mythologizing the real and making real the mythical. The power of any myth is in its human center, not its supernatural decoration. So it's essential for me to find the real, the material, in the myth. I think too often people get distracted by the magical elements of mythic stories and miss what's most important. An example from the Judeo-Christian mythology: The feeding of the four thousand. I think most people focus on the supernatural part-the part of the story that says that four thousand people were fed with only seven loaves of bread and a few fish and that seven basketsful of leftover bread were collected after all had eaten. But to me, the miracle of that story is not in the "magic" of the small amount of food feeding the large crowd. The miracle is the act of human compassion, that someone with limited resources didn't hoard them, but shared them freely, with no thought of self-interest, with others in need. The miracle of Jesus is the example of selfless human kindness, not raising the dead, walking on water, or turning water into wine. That other stuff is specious fluff that distracts from what's really important.

My study of literature and art was always like this too. When I understood that my literary lions were real people who needed to eat and drink and empty their bowels, that made them greater to me. Their grandness shines most through their human limitations and frailty.

DCT: Your poetry contains a range of Biblical imagery and allusions. In an interview with Charles Wright, I asked him if, following Flannery O'Connor's lead, he considered his poetry to be "Christ-haunted"; he replied "God-haunted," not "Christ-haunted," shifting his spiritual ruminations away from a clearly Christian context. Would you say that your poems are "God-haunted"? Is there space in your work for sincere faith? If so, in what?

DA: It's funny. I am extremely skeptical of the supernatural, but God shows up in my poems again and again. Yes, "God-haunted" might be a good term for it. When I wrote "Notes for a Poem in which God Does Not Appear," I thought of the title as something of a joke. As in "this guy would have to go out of his way to strategize not including God in a poem." And of course, God makes an appearance in that poem. It seems I can't escape God, however much I might want to.

Is there space in the work for sincere faith? I don't know about space in the work itself. But I would hope that a reader of sincere, traditional religious faith wouldn't feel unwelcome at the table, alienated from the work. Alan Shapiro once told me that my poems "emotionally yearn for what their author intellectually disbelieves." Maybe that's where belief is in my poems-always just beyond a grasp.

DCT: Attentiveness to locale/detailed location as well as religious references/Biblical allusions are often linked to traditional notions of a "Southern" writer. I know you've discussed this issue during your video interview conducted by Natasha Trethewey for Southern Spaces, but I suppose I'll ask for any updates: Do you consider yourself a "Southern" writer? And if so, in what ways might you connect with-or diverge from-that field?

DA: The answer is still pretty much the same as the one I gave Natasha in that earlier interview. I think the only Southern "landscape" to be found in my poems is the inner world of Southern "denial," the South's refusal to deal emotionally or intellectually with its troubled past, with its sins, even with the modern world. That's why silence is such a prominent theme in my work.

Also, I don't think I had much encounter with the genuine landscape of the South often associated with the region's writers. I grew up in a generic, faceless neighborhood of a generic, faceless town. For that reason, I've often felt apart from the "Southern tradition," whatever that might be.

DCT: Family issues recur in your poems (e.g., "Stones and Shadows"). In The Words, Jean-Paul Sartre noted of his childhood, "I hated my childhood, and all that remains of it," and sometimes we seem to get a Sartrean sense of Hell as other people ("l'enfer, c'est les autres") in your verse, particularly in the fraught ties that bind the family structure. Any value to family?

DA: For others, sure. But for me, family has almost always been troubling, perplexing, frustrating-a virtual wellspring of emotional pain. You've pointed to the recurrence of this theme in my previous work. In newer poems (those of the chapbook The Use of the World and the forthcoming collection Millennial Teeth), I've explored it more frankly and fully. But I feel a little self-conscious even talking about it here. The assumption that family is an unassailable virtue is so strong in our culture that most people don't even want to hear it questioned. I think beneath the veil of cultural platitudes, though, in the realm of real experience, we might find that domestic dysfunction is the rule, not the exception. Larkin's "This Be the Verse" is always on the tip of my tongue. "They fuck you up, your mum and dad . . ."

DCT: John Hawkes famously said in the 1960s that the "enemies" of the novel were "plot, character, setting, and theme," touting instead the crucial value of "structure-verbal and psychological coherence," even if that structure is one that relates chaos. He was talking about what we used to talk about as experimental "postmodern" writing, so his sentiment might strike you as far afield from your far-more-grounded poetry. But that quote came to mind while working through your poems. Although your subjects range widely and you adopt and adapt varied poetic forms, would you agree that there is a tonal coherence in your work that holds together and accumulates force? If yes, would it be fair to describe this verbal and psychological structure as something akin to "darkness visible"? Or is this too grim a reading?

DA: I'm not sure it's possible to make a "too-grim" reading of my work. I feel like my literary forebears are Hardy and Larkin. A lot of grimness there, to be sure. And if it's possible, the work is getting darker. One of my close friends recently read the forthcoming book, Millennial Teeth, in manuscript. He told me that he loved the new work, thought it was my best, but then said that it was hard for him to articulate his response. This is what he said next: "There's just something about these new poems. They're sublime. It's like you're looking straight into the abyss. Like you're standing right on the edge . . . and hopping on one foot." I love that description.
But to answer your question more directly: Yes, I think-at least I hope-that there is a tonal coherence to my work, and I think you're right to call it a version of "darkness visible."

DCT: How do you find the form for a poem? Does the content condition the form, most of the time? Or do you think the form conditions the content?

DA: I would hope, following the Romantic ideal of organic form, that the structure of any of my poems is always in harmony with its content. I never sit down with the idea "I will write a sonnet today." Ideas and sounds come first and then they find their structural vehicle later.

DCT: For instance, you've invented a new sonnet form, nicknamed the "Albergonnet," a tightly controlled and structured mode. How do you tread the thin edge between an explicitly artful form like this, while giving the serious subject matter its rightful due?

DA: When I first thought of that strange little sonnet form in the abstract, I thought it would never work. The requirement of couplet rhyme in such close proximity at the beginning and end of it, as well as its overly visible syllabic structure expanding then contracting . . . well, it just seemed doomed from the start. But when I actually wrote the first one, I was surprised by how natural it felt. Between the difficulty of getting started and the challenge of wrapping it up, the form allows for a lot of relaxed exploration in the middle, while still provoking imaginative discovery with the continued demands on rhyme. Frost says that if there's no surprise for the writer, then there will be no surprise for the reader. I've found the Albergonnet to be a useful little machine for surprising myself.

DCT: What connections in terms of images, ideas, or forms do you see between your books? What differences between your first volume The Boatloads, the chapbook The Use of the World, and the forthcoming Millennial Teeth? Would you describe a "progression" between these, an "elaboration," or something else?

DA: In terms of ideas, I continue to "honor my obsessions," as Natasha Trethewey recommends. The "darkness visible" you note above is definitely continuing, perhaps even "darkening" across the books. But I hope that there is enough tonal variety to avoid monotony. Formally, the chapbook and the forthcoming full-length volume have seen me returning to formal verse a good bit. The poems of The Boatloads are entirely free verse, but about two-thirds of The Use of the World and Millennial Teeth are in some sense formal. I studied formal verse early on, then focused almost exclusively on free verse, and now I'm happily dwelling in both worlds.

DCT: Perhaps connected to that "spirited carcassness" dynamic, there is a tension throughout your poetry of a world of things as against a world of language, the tactile realness of a world chock full of things (e.g., "Among the Things He Does Not Deserve"; "Things to Do in the Belly of the Whale") limning up against the relative abstraction of language, always in some measure symbolic, including poems about language itself (e.g., "Bad Language"; "Rhetoric"). Between the two, what gives?

DA: Language always loses. And the fact that it does gives rise to poetry. Poetry tries to articulate what can never be articulated, understanding its failure and stubbornly pushing the rock back up the hill nevertheless.

DCT: And finally, to complete our "sonnet" of questions and answers, I'll ask you my mainstay question for poets: What is the future(s) of poetry?

DA: More poetry. A series of heartbreaking disappointments and frustrating failures. Charlatans rewarded and geniuses dying unknown, their work forever lost. Despair, tears, syllables silent in the void. And the salvation of the human race.

Click here to read an interview with Dan Albergotti by Geosi Gyasi at Geosi Reads

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Todd Davis 11-01-2010

 

James Dickey 03-12-2012

 

Katy Didden 03-24-2014

 

Stephen Dobyns 02-26-2012

 

Elizabeth Dodd 09-05-08

 

Karen Donovan 04-15-07

 

Mark Doty 04-11-08

 

Camille Dungy 12-23-2014

 

Stephen Dunn 11-09-02010

 

Lynn Emanuel 08-30-2010

 

Lynnell Edwards 11-22-2010

 

Kerry James Evans 02-18-2015

 

B. H. Fairchild  09-04-09

 

Andrew Feld 11-04-2014

 

Elyse Fenton 04-25-2011

 

Nick Flynn 01-28-2012

 

Nick Flynn 10-04-2010

 

Rachel Contreni Flynn 04-10-2011

 

Carolyn Forche 09-21-07

 

Carrie Fountain 03-21-2011

 

Ross Gay 11-29-2012

 

James Galvin 04-02-2013

 

James Galvin 02-23-07

 

Margaret Gibson 01-24-10

 

Mary Jo Firth Gillett 02-22-08

 

Dana Gioia 03-18-2013

 

Dana Gioia 08-23-2010

 

Eugene Gloria  02-04-2013

 

Eugene Gloria 09-20-08

 

Louise Gluck 03-17-2010

 

Kevin Goodan 08-29-08

 

Matthew Graham 11-28-2010

 

Robert Grunst 04-14-2014

 

Robert Grunst 11-16-07

 

Bruce Guernsey 9-13-2011

 

Elizabeth Hadaway 06-15-07

 

John Haines 11-01-2011

 

Donald Hall 02-10-07

 

Sam Hamill 10-02-2013

 

Sarah Hannah 11-25-2011

  

C. G. Hanzlicek 04-23-2012

 

Jeff Hardin 10-09-2013

 

Jeff Hardin 08-10-07

 

Elizabeth Haukaas 09-13-2011

 

Brooks Haxton 03-08-10

 

Seamus Heaney 09-03-2013

 

Seamus Heaney 09-11-09

 

Jamey Hecht 12-05-2010

 

Kurt Heinzelman 03-31-2014

 

Bob Hicok 10-25-2011

 

 

Edward Hirsch 11-11-2014

 

Chloe Honum 01-20-2015

 

Cornelia Hoogland 02-17-2014

 

Andrew Hudgins 11-21-09

 

Richard Hugo 9-10-2012

 

 

Lynda Hull 05-20-07

 

T.R. Hummer 10-28-2013

 

Henry Israeli 01-23-2011

 

Major Jackson 05-02-2010

 

Mark Jarman 10-19-08

 

Luke Johnson 09-30-2014

 

Rodney Jones 10-26-09

 

Barbara Jordan 02-02-09

 

Judy Jordan 11-06-2012

 

Anna Journey 09-10-2013

 

Ilya Kaminsky 11-18-2011

 

Julia Kasdorf 11-11-2013

 

Aby Kaupang 04-21-2014

 

Daniel Khalastchi 8-30-2011

 

Brigit Pegeen Kelly 10-12-08

 

Terry Kennedy 10-28-2014

 

Jane Kenyon 04-01-07

 

Suji Kwock Kim 11-09-2011

 James Kimbrell 04-07-2010

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Galway Kinnell 11-09-07

 

Yusef Komunyakaa 07-15-07

 

Stephanie Lenox 04-15-2013

 

Eleanor Lerman 11-02-08

 

Mari L'Esperance  02-11-2013

 

Phil Levine 06-03-07

 

Larry Levis 04-04-08

 

Larry Levis 02-08-2010

 

Lisa Lewis 02-11-2012

 

Sandy Longhorn 02-11-2015

 

Sandy Longhorn 04-26-08

 

Al Maginnes 03-17-2014

 

Corey Marks 09-18-2012

 

Corey Marks 10-03-07

 

Adrian Matejka 04-18-08

 

Clay Matthews 01-27-2015

 

Davis McCombs 01-18-08

 

Jeffrey McDaniel 10-08-2011

 

Andrew McFadyen-Ketchum 02-24-2014

 

Campbell McGrath 04-06-2014

 

Michael McGriff 02-22-09

 

Marc McKee 11-06-2012

 

Jay Meek 01-16-2010

 

Erika Meitner 10-21-2013

 

Joanne Merriam 08-20-2013

 

Anne Michaels 01-18-09

 

Nils Michals 02-29-08

 

Sara Michas-Martin 03-11-2015

 

Wayne Miller 04-30-2012

 

Keith Montesano 12-12-2010

 

Malena Morling 05-12-08

 

Travis Mossotti 01-13-2015

 

Simone Muench 02-08-08

 

Kathryn Nuernberger 02-25-2015

 

Sharon Olds 02-22-07

 

Sharon Olds 10-19-07

 

Michael Ondaatje 02-01-2010

 

Eric Pankey 09-07-07

 

Gregory Pardlo 06-22-07

 

Ed Pavlic 09-28-07

 

Ed Pavlic 08-28-2012

 

Oliver de la Paz 02-15-2010

 

Lucia Perillo 12-04-09

 

Nathaniel Perry 10-07-2014

 

Catherine Pierce 09-04-2012

 

Catherine Pierce 04-18-2011

 

Jon Pineda 04-09-2012

 

Donald Platt 02-15-08

 

Joshua Poteat 03-13-2011

 

Joshua Poteat 11-3-09

 

Wyatt Prunty 02-20-2011

 

Dean Rader 03-07-2011

 

Amy Randolph 03-01-09

 

Robert Randolph 12-12-09

 

Roger Reeves 10-14-2014

 

Paisley Rekdal 03-04-2013

 

Adrienne Rich 04-20-2010

 

Doren Robbins 10-30-2012

 

Joshua Robbins 11-04-2013

 

Joshua Robbins 11-16-2010

 

David Roderick 04-08-2015

 

David Roderick 12-07-07

 

Bobby C. Rogers 02-04-2012

 

Elizabeth Lindsey Rogers 08-18-2014

 

Pattiann Rogers 3-21-08

 

Ever Rohan Saskya 10-09-2012

 

Eva Saulitis 02-03-2015

 

Steve Scafidi 10-09-09

 

Jim Schley 10-19-09

 

Jeffrey Schultz 09-25-2012

 

Will Schutt 09-23-2014

 

Steven D. Schroeder 12-16-2014

 

Tim Seibles 10-08-07

 

Glenn Shaheen 10-23-2012

 

David Shumate 10-26-08

 

Martha Silano 04-29-2013

 

Ron Slate 04-22-2013

 

Dave Smith 04-10-09

 

Maggie Smith 10-23-2012

 

Megan Snyder-Camp  02-18-2013

 

Katherine Soniat 12-06-2012

 

Katherine Soniat 01-21-2012

 

Katherine Soniat 11-30-07

 

Gary Soto 03-23-07

 

Mark Sullivan 08-28-09

 

Mathias Svalina 04-02-2012

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Mark Svenvold 03-23-09

 

Sam Taylor 04-01-2015

 

Ryan Teitman 09-24-2013

 

Daniel Nathan Terry 01-28-2013

 

Robert Thomas 05-03-2011

 

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Brian Turner 05-13-07

 

Joshua Vinzant 01-30-2011

 

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Mark Wagenaar 04-28-2014

 

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Charles Harper Webb 12-09-2013

 

Charles Harper Webb 10-12-07

 

David Wevill 03-27-2011

 

Joshua Marie Wilkinson 12-09-2014

 

C.K. Williams 05-25-07

 

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L. Lamar Wilson 11-18-2014

 

David Wojahn 11-18-2013

 

Charles Wright 01-27-07

 

Robert Wrigley 10-11-2010

 

Robert Wrigley 08-17-07

 

Robert Wrigley 04-09-07

 

Robert Wrigley 02-03-07

 

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