Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Interview with Ivy Alvarez



A few weeks ago Connaissances brought you a poem by Ivy Alvarez entitled peach dress.

Here below, to celebrate the launch of her new book 'Mortal' ((Red Morning Press, 2006) we have an audio interview with the poet herself.

In addition to being the author of Mortal, Ivy is the editor of A Slice of Cherry Pie (The Private Press & Half Empty/Half Full), a chapbook anthology of poems inspired by David Lynch's Twin Peaks. She lives in Cardiff, Wales.

In Part 1 (5 minutes long), Ivy talks about travelling away from Hobart in Tasmania where she grew up, how she began writing, the poets who have influenced her and the importance of blogging. The quality of the recording is good but you will hear background noises since the interview was conducted in the Norwegian Church in Cardiff where they have a small cafe. There are also slight whirrs and beeps related to the recording device, an ipod. The interview took place on 3rd January 2007 and has been edited with Ivy's approval to shorten it from 25 to 15 minutes.


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In Part 2 (7 minutes long), Ivy talks about her new book Mortal and reads two poems from the book: 'touch' and 'pictures for looking'.


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In Part 3 (4 minutes long), we discuss her interest in the films of David Lynch, how she managed to scare herself writing poems about murder and, finally, her new year's resolution for 2007.


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2 comments:

Clare Dudman said...

Really interesting interview - I particularly liked the middle section of the three and the images of hair. It was fascinating to hear how this poet's mind works to produce the poems. Her views on David Lynch were very interesting too - the way that his films are like poetry. I see exactly what she means.

Jonathan said...

Thank you Clare. I am also a fan of David Lynch. When I was a student I watched Blue Velvet in a large London cinema. As far as I remember I made up an audience of one. I had never seen a film like that before and was quite bowled over.