The biannual online journal of poetry and art, Off the Coast means to provide a space for diverse and marginalized voices. This issue takes its name, “To the Forest Between Trees” from a line in Laura King’s poem “Not the World I Was Born Into,” combined with art by Dylan LaVallee to create the cover. Other works included in this issue come from Diana Donovan, Mary Ann Larkin, Hannah Grady, Elder Gideon, Becky Kennedy, Laura Schulkind, Mike Cohen, Joel Ferdon, Joel Fry, Kathleen Gunton, Simon Perchik, James Miller, Laura Schulkind, Russell Rowland, Margaret B. Ingraham, James Dewey, David McCann, Judith Fox, M. Nasorri Pavone, and a translation from Ivan de Monbrison.
Online literary magazine Off the Coast features a regular interview series where they correspond with a writer about their latest book. In the Summer 2021 issue, you will find an interview with Fiona Sze-Lorrain. Her book Rain in Plural has been shortlisted for the 2021 Derek Walcott Prize for Poetry.
Interviewer A.E. Talbot discusses poetic lineage, the writing process (“I don’t have a writing process, in part since I fear it may encourage me into romanticizing or fetishizing the act of writing.”), Sze-Lorrain’s roles as both poet and translator (” I work more at being a human being”), and more.
They also talk about Sze-Lorrain’s collaboration with composter Peter Child and her thoughts on “underrated” poets. You can also read three poems by Sze-Lorrain in this issue.
Too bad that the mainstream media and publishing cares more for the “show” than poetry, thought, and reflection.
Check out the full interview.