Is there one subject you feel you return to in your writing?
With poetry in particular, I find that I return again and again to how I feel. For me, poetry has always been about feelings, usually the complicated ones that defy labels.
What brought you to write “Styx”?
The general feeling first came to me from a black and white photo taken in an art gallery of some sort. It was not a museum I had ever visited in person, but I knew the feeling instantly, and tried to capture it in words. The six lines came together very quickly and while I spent quite a long time experimenting with additional stanzas, they never felt as accurate as the original, so I removed all of them and went with what felt true to me.
How do you feel about traditional poems and free verse? Which do you feel fits the present time? Can they coincide within one poem?
I appreciate both and I feel that either option fits our current world. Yes, I also think that both styles can exist in one poem or in one collection in a seamless and complementary way.
What do you feel is the most important thing about poetry and its dialogue with the community at large?
Sometimes poetry can provide the words and feelings that people need in order to express their ideas or feel understood. It seems easy to feel alone in our overconnected world. Poetry and all forms of creative expression allow us to focus on humanity.
Do you have any previously published pieces you’re particularly proud of?
I wrote a piece called And So It Began that was published in Cerurove last year. It is raw, it is honest, and it has elicited more commentary than any of my other work. I returned to creative pursuits about five years ago when I developed a series of horrifically painful health conditions. Women’s pain is often discounted and we pay a terrible price as a result. I am proud to be part of a collective effort to shed light on people’s suffering, in hopes of needed change. You can find the essay here: https://www.cerurove.com/sarah-bigham.