Whatcha Reading, Abi Pollokoff?

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Abi Pollokoff is a poet and book artist. She holds an MFA in poetry from the University of Washington, and serves as the events manager for Open Books. She was our Poet in Residence for February, during which time we published four of her poems: To live in ignorance is exactly what, The Sea Thinks Beyond Itself, Urban planning when prayers for the body aren’t enough, and if the mirror.

What are you reading now?

I’m in the middle of a few books: Nonfiction: The Universe Within, by Neil Shubin; Fiction: The Color Master, Aimee Bender; and Poetry: Rose Fear, by Maria Laina, translated by Sarah McCann.

What did you read last?

I just finished up rereading Rusty Morrison’s The True Keeps Calm Biding Its Story.

What are you reading next?

I have a few on my list! For poetry, Anne Carson’s Autobiography of Red, and I might do some rereading of Pierre Joris’s collection of Paul Celan’s later work, Breathturn into Timestead. My next prose might involve some Hélène Cixous, but I’m not sure what text of hers just yet!