Hiya readers. In today’s interview, we learn that Jeanann Verlee, author of Issue 9’s poems “The Summer of Supplemental Income” and “Impermanence” have at least one thing in common. I’ll give you a hint: it is not a book coming out, being witty, or having a lovely website. It is tacos though,
How would you describe your work in 25 words or less?
Uhm. Here are 20: Ominous. Whimsy. Grit. Candor. Grief. Hammerkiss. Glamour. Fury. Stamina. Allure. Knuckle. Fever. Asphalt. Heal. Grime. Peril. Regret. Dread. Honest. Sugarblood.
Tell me more about “The Summer of Supplemental Income” and “Impermanence.”
“The Summer of Supplemental Income” details one of the less-than-savory spare jobs I investigated during my most penniless summer in NYC. It was the year of bathtub laundry and leftover banquet scraps. One does what one must, yes?
I consider “Impermanence” to be one of my lighter or even (gasp) positive poems. It investigates a long-held belief that abandonment is part of human nature, as is the ensuing grief and insecurity. While that notion doesn’t naturally feel positive, I find the poem simultaneously examines both the disappointment and exhilaration in change.
Who or what inspires you to write?
I’m categorically “EMO” and as a person with bipolar disorder, that is definitely all caps. If something suckerpunches me emotionally, I can’t not write it.
What do you consider to be your greatest influences?
Mania, rage, depression, abuse, assault, oppression, injustice, idiots.
Do you have a website or a blog for your writing?
Any advice for fellow writers?
Read. Experiment. Revise.
What are you currently working on?
I’m currently working on a third manuscript titled, “prey,” which examines predatory behavior and the variable means through which survivors survive.
Where can we read your work next?
My second book, Said the Manic to the Muse, will be released in the spring through Write Bloody Publishing—stay tuned! I also have poems forthcoming at Third Coast, The Adroit Journal, The Boiler, and The Journal.
Anything else you’d like to add?
Huge thanks to Bop Dead City for giving my work a home! Also, I love tacos.