Poetry Favorites: Jill Alexander Essbaum

Who is your favorite living poet?

Dang it, I love me some Simon Armitage and H.L. Hix.

Who is your favorite dead poet?

Hm. I've gone through phases. MillayPlathLarkinByron.

What is your favorite poem of all time? 

"The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock"

Current book of poetry you can’t get out of your mind?

Romey's Order, Atsuro Riley.

Best live, or audio, poetry reading you can remember.

I heard Adrienne Rich read once and while I remember little of the actual reading, I do recall with painful clarity a statement (apropos of something too convoluted to recount) she made, a pronouncement directed all and only to me: You must admit everything.  It was a very true moment.

Jill Alexander Essbaumis the author of several collections of poetry (HarlotThe DevastationHeavenNecropolisOh Forbidden) and her work has appeared in The Best American Poetry, as well as its sister anthology, The Best American Erotic Poems, 1800-Present. She is the winner of the Bakeless Poetry Prizeand recipient of two NEA literature fellowships. A member of the core faculty at the University of California, Riverside’s Palm Desert Low-Residency MFAprogram, she lives and writes in Austin, Texas.