Richard Siken Interview


In conversation with Bomblog, Richard Siken talks about activating truth, naming, and skin. The poet and painter reflects on how the concerns of his 2005 collection, Crush, vary from those of his current work.

Crush was concerned with now and then. Now I’m investigating here and there. Sounds silly and simple, but there you are. There are similar concerns—what’s in the frame and what’s not, how the paint as a medium (rather than the physical world) restricts the human form—but I hope the scope is larger. If Crush is a room—a theater—the new work attempts to build a house. Maybe someday I’ll build a town.”

Lisa Dusenbery is the former managing editor of The Rumpus. More from this author →