Jennifer Wilson

Is there one subject you feel you return to in your writing?
Bodily disintegration or transformation / violent things / witches / mothers

What brought you to write “39 Weeks”?
I was 39 Weeks pregnant at the time and had been sitting up all night (and had been writing a series of X week poems). “This isn’t really happening” was a recurring thought that I had, that I would wake up the next day and not turn out to be pregnant after all because it did not (and now I have the baby) still does not feel real. Also, hares are a transformative and dark animal, medieval witches were supposed to be able to transform themselves into them when need be. A baby moving inside of you feels various and unreal.

What do you feel is the most important thing about poetry and its dialogue with the community at large?
It needs to adequately depict something, whether it’s an abstract image, something literal, a feeing, whatever. Like they always said in school about writing, “you need to SHOW, not tell”. That way people will get something from it, whether they “get it” or not.

How do you feel about traditional poems and free verse? Which do you feel fits the present time? Can the coincide within one poem?
Both are good, but you need to be very, very good to carry off rhyme & metre these days

Do you have any previously published pieces you’re particularly proud of?
I have a piece in Memoir Mixtapes about how I internalised Hole’s “Doll Parts”


You can read Jennifer Wilson’s new pieces “39 Weeks” and “the siblings we do not speak of” in Issue Nine of The Ginger Collect!

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