About the Poems
by Adriana Grant
I occupy a strange in between place with my poetic process, as, right now, I’m learning to work in a new way. These poems represent a smattering of different approaches. “Butter” was inspired by a live performance of Gertrude Stein’s work by the poet Felicia Gonzalez. “Like running, like breathing” began with a line in an email to a friend, years ago; I was telling her I wanted to try to write about sex. The line is old, but the poem is very, very new. “July never seemed so strange” is an older work, borrowing lines from the radio and the newspaper and overheard conversations. “Knowing” was put together this way, too, as a sort of collage, while “Classroom” is one of the newer mode poems. Every word was written by me, and I have to admit, I’m not quite comfortable with this new method yet.