Lorna Blake
December 2015

[image Lorna Blake]Lorna Knowles Blake was born in Havana, Cuba and spent her childhood in Argentina, Uruguay, Venezuela and Puerto Rico before coming to the United States for college.  Her collection of poems, Permanent Address, won the Richard Snyder Memorial Award from Ashland University Press.  Work from a new collection has appeared or is forthcoming in The Cortland Review, Literary Imagination, Tampa Review and the Hudson Review.  She has been the recipient of a residency from the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and a Walter Dakin Fellowship at the Sewanee Writers Conference. She serves on the editorial board at the journal Barrow Street and currently teaches creative writing in Brewster, on Cape Cod and at the Walker Percy Writing Institute at Loyola University in New Orleans.  She feels fortunate to divide her time between two beautiful coasts in New England and New Orleans.

Statement of Poetics

What I have always loved about writing poems is that a poem requires a quality of sustained attention, ever more necessary in this world of instant connectivity, fractured news and relentless information, often imparted in 144 characters or less. When I fall down the rabbit hole of a poem, I feel like Alice—too big, too small, bewildered, enchanted, curious and crafty.  Not only that, but time flies out the window as the poem creates its own chronology.  The quotidian world is left behind as the poem creates its own demands and realities.  There is something magical in this process and in losing oneself to it.  Not that every poem comes with an unbridled delight (many are vexatious and demanding) but the very act of writing feels both essential and joyful.

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