When I read a poem or story, hundreds of images and sounds flurry in my brain. Most of them are not intended by the author. She only wanted to write a poem. She only wanted to make a story. Her poem. Her story. The way Julianna Spallholz uses plot and control of the line to herd the image and sounds leaping in my head while still making her own story opened up this video. It’s her heart, on love, and my brain, on art.
Julianna Spallholz is the author of The State of Kansas (GenPop Books, 2012). Her work has appeared in Caketrain, Denver quarterly, Gargoyle, NOO, and elsewhere. A Sagittarius, Julianna possesses a natural exuberance, sense of adventure, and love of life best characterized by her secret symbol, the Archer. She lives in Western Massachusetts where she composes letters to herself and sends them to her former address near the Grand Canyon. Now and then, someone writes back.