Interview with Grace Black, whose poem, ‘Cobalt Veins,’ can be found in Issue One of Into The Void.
Why do you write, and what do you hope to achieve in doing it?
I once read a tidbit somewhere that said for a poet,“It’s best to remain a bit of a mystery.” However, I find it more accurate to say that we are mysteries unto ourselves. At least for me, this is the why. I write to uncover the complexities of the mundane, the emotion of the ordinary, the underlying feelings in the paradox of existence. I write because I breathe. I write because I cannot, not write.
What are the major themes in your work?
Overall malaise deeply seated in our pores.
Brevity. Even in longer form and prose, I employ brevity when possible. I believe more is said in what is left unsaid—if executed properly.
Why is literature/art important?
Art and literature incite emotion, and this is the essential fuel to create, igniting the passions within us.
Who are some of your favourite writers and artists?
Poets I’m quite fond of include Bukowski, Sexton, Plath, Edna St.Vincent Millay, Dorianne Laux, and many more. DeLillo is hands-down my favorite American novelist. He constructs a sentence like no other. Also, a fan of Russian lit—Dostoyevsky and Chekhov are among the top.
What book are you currently reading?
Zero K by Don DeLillo is my current bedside read (which has yet to disappoint) and a pile of other books that are on my nightstand. I have a nasty habit of starting too many at once.
What’s your favourite piece from Issue One?
The lyrical flow in “In Sepia” by Vincent Steed is engaging. “Breakfast” by Bruce Majors has controlled pacing with a lovely balance of what is left unsaid but heavy on emotion. Two stand-out pieces for me.
Where else can we find your work?
What’s on the horizon for you?
I am currently working on another poetry collection, but I also started a Lit Mag back in April. Ink In Thirds has quickly become a genuine passion to curate. Collecting the art and words of others and formatting them into a bite-sized magazine each month is such a delight. The talent surpasses my expectations each issue. Submissions are always open, and everyone is welcome to submit.