First Book Poets in Conversation

Cynthia Marie Hoffman and Rachel Richardson engage the nature of place, relative distance, and writing the known and the unknown in the Boxcar Poetry Review fall 2013 issue’s First Book Poets in Conversation.

Hoffman on Sightseer: 

In regard to the tone of lightness you noted, I think the objects in the poems allowed me to be more playful than I could have been if I’d always looked at history dead-on. “Chipping Yellow Wall,” for example, is a poem about the Holocaust, but it is also about buying and drinking a Pepsi. Tourism can be very consumer-based and superficial, but sometimes those very experiences can lead you deeper. Objects enabled me to look away from history and culture in order to access it.