AP Interview with Natasha Trethewey

Jack points to this AP interview with U.S. Poet Laureate and Decatur resident Natasha Trethewey featured on the AJC’s Access Atlanta site.  Here’s a blurb to get you started…

Natasha Trethewey smashes stereotypes about poets. She’s not stuffy. Or shy. Or aloof.

As U.S. poet laureate, the 46-year-old describes herself as a “cheerleader” for the written word. She chooses the label deliberately, not only because she was head cheerleader at the University of Georgia in the late 1980s (Big hair! Big smile!), but also because, as a younger laureate, she wants to bring a sense of energy to the position.

“I want to ask ordinary people if poetry can mean something to them,” Trethewey told The Associated Press during an interview at Delta State University in Cleveland, Miss.


16 thoughts on “AP Interview with Natasha Trethewey”

    1. Her name is one of those words that I just can’t see in my mind. I don’t know what that makes me, but every time I encounter it and I’m in a slight rush, I can hardly get beyond that first “T”.

      Maybe I should write a poem about it.

        1. All over this town
          Yes, a low wind may blow
          And I can see through everybody’s clothes
          With no reason
          To hide these words, I feel
          And no reason
          To talk about the books I read
          But still, I do

          “Sister I’m a Poet”


  1. Oh, and dethpite the typos, thanks for the link. Now excuse me while I go make the little tree casserole for tomorrow!

    1. Just remember to wait to put the crackers on until it’s about to go in the oven, or it’ll be soggy!

    1. Garden and Gun should be a usual read, if only for the chance to read Kessler on something besides food. There’s also a fun piece about the Seale, AL folk artist Butch Anthony in the new one. Everybody should get to a Doo Nanny at least once in their lives.

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