We got a chance to speak with Wanda Deglane about her piece “Season of Suburn/Season of Stormbrew” in Issue Seven.
This piece is full of very vibrant, long lasting imagery. What images really stuck with you as the writer?
There are so many images in this piece I love, and I think they all come together to create a narrative. But some of the most personally impactful would probably have to be “makeshift fans out of / missing child flyers” “mosquitos growing fat on my blood, and / the milk-white love bites they leave behind” and “my mouth becomes / forest fire, my airways throttled black.”
Literature has discussed the apocalypse or some type of catastrophic end for centuries. Do you think writers and readers will always be captivated by this?
I think the apocalypse, for many, represents the unknown. We don’t know how it’s going to happen, we’re just told that it will. This, for me, piques my curiosity: how will I survive? How will it happen and how will it affect me and the ones I love?
What would you do or how would you feel were you in the same situation as the speaker in your piece?
I’d feel pretty overheated. The poem takes places in Phoenix, Arizona, during the summer. Even now, coming towards the end of September, the temperature has reached nearly 110 degrees. The piece focuses on summer, a season that for many is incredibly depressing, in a place that has already been facing increasingly extreme temperatures each year. There comes a certain amount of desperation with that kind of weather- an almost animalistic need for cool air or water that the speaker is struggling with. From running to the bottom of a swimming pool, to smoking, to even developing a strange kind of worship of rain, the speaker is trying to cope with the heat and the lull of summer in anyway possible.
How does poetry make you feel? To read and write and share it?
Poetry makes me feel connected to others. I never imagine that people across the country or even all over the world would read my writing, or that I’d get to read any of theirs. I find that I write most about negative ordeals I have gone through- whether those are life-changing, traumatic experiences or every day moments of insecurity or self-doubt. It takes a lot of vulnerability to be able to let those words out of me, and much more so to share them. I often have moments of doubt, where I’ll think to myself, This is way too personal. No one’s going to want to read this. But more than anything, poetry makes me feel alive. It’s something I’ve become incredibly passionate about in a relatively short time. It gives me a reason to live and keep going through life, experiencing the little and big moments it has to offer.
Do you have any previously published pieces you’re particularly proud of?
One of the pieces I’m most proud of is “This Ending I Learn to Love,” which was published by Glass Poetry back in June! Here is the link: http://www.glass-poetry.com/journal/2018/july/deglane-ending.html