Poetry Favorites: Meg Eden

Who is your favorite living poet? 

This seems to always be changing for me. Right now I’m on a Les Murraykick, but also love Li-Young LeeNaomi Shihab Nye, and Ocean Vuong

Who is your favorite dead poet?

Seamus HeaneyElizabeth Bishop? These kinds of questions are always so hard! 

What is your favorite poem of all time?

Joy Harjo’s “This Morning I Pray for my Enemies.” I have this on my bathroom door so I hope that each morning I wake up, I too can pray for my enemies.

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

I’m reading Les Murray’snewest collected poems series, and since I recently came back from Australia, that’s on my mind. Also Tarfia Faizullah’sSeam, which is a book I’m in the process of reviewing.

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

Joy Harjo at Folger Sheakspeare Library began her reading by playing a song for the Spirit of Poetry. It was the most beautiful song.

Meg Eden'swork has been published in various magazines, including Rattle, Drunken Boat, Eleven Eleven, and Gargoyle. Her poem "Rumiko" won the 2015 Ian MacMillan award for poetry, and she has four poetry chapbooks in print. She teaches at the University of Maryland. Check out her work at: www.megedenbooks.com Her newest book, A Week With Beijing, is out now from NEON press: http://www.neonmagazine.co.uk/?p=5032