Tami Haaland
March 2013


Tami HaalandTami Haaland won the Nicholas Roerich Poetry Prize for her first book of poems, "Breath in Every Room" (Story Line Press, 2001). Her second collection of poetry, "When We Wake in the Night," was published in June 2012. Her work has appeared in "Calyx," "5AM," "Petroglyph," "The Florida Review," "Rattapallax," and in several anthologies, including "Ring of Fire: Writers of the Yellowstone Region." She received an M.F.A. from Bennington College in 2000.

Statement of Poetics

Poetry is a long study. I often set tasks for myself as I read and write: to learn new traditions, to understand more about rhythm and breath, to examine what constitutes a line for , to ask how landscape and place affect poetry, to ask whether I can understand and adjust the limitations I have imposed upon my own work. I try to stretch my range like an athlete training for her sport or a singer stretching into the uncomfortable reaches of her voice. For me itís important to go into these places to grow and to fine-tune the craft. I have much to learn.

There is an element of blind faith, a deep trust of this practice which may lead somewhere or nowhere. If I try to control too much, my poems are likely to be bland and contrived, but if I engage myself often, I trust in the possibility that something good may happen.


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