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"Final Descent into Phoenix"
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Collaborators' Q & A
Bsided: What inspires you in this poem?
Artist Kara Page: I was inspired by the idea of looking at the world via a bird's eye view, except I took it to the extreme hence seeing the globe rather than a city.
Bsided: Did the visual artist refract any element of the poem that made you see the poem differently?
Poet Julie Swarstad Johnson: Phoenix really is a very grid-oriented city when seen from above (and experienced from street-level). The streets, the neighborhoods with pools in every backyard, the shopping centers, and the orange glow of modern streetlights dominate that mental image. Itís magical to see that landscape reinterpreted here with a completely different sensibility. In a way, thatís what the poem is about: a place that is in some ways repulsive gets transformed by closeness, by a strange kind of love.
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Meet The Collaborators:
Julie Swarstad Johnson is the author of the chapbook Jumping the Pit (Finishing Line Press, 2015). Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Passages North, Crab Orchard Review, Nimrod International Journal, and others. She regularly writes book reviews for Harvard Review Online. Originally from Peoria, Arizona, she now lives in Tucson and works at the University of Arizona Poetry Center.
Artist Kara Page is a multi-media artist living in Minnesota.
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