About the Poems
by Gillian Devereux
Last year I went to a poetry seminar Elisa Gabbert taught at Grub Street called “The Poem and the Idea.” Elisa challenged me to examine my poetry habits and routines. At her suggestion, I started setting a timer when I wrote and limiting myself to 25 minutes per poem. Eventually those tiny sessions evolved into a series of slightly creepy prose poems about a slightly creepy family. The people in these poems inhabit a space located somewhere in the intersection between The Donna Reed Show and Shirley Jackson’s We Have Always Lived in the Castle. They seem to live quite comfortably there.