poetry—because you “don’t love words.” Talk about your uneasy relationship with words.
LASKY: Well, words to me are always an approximation of life, and
instead of the words I would choose complete, 100 percent happiness,
and people, and some sort of blissful experience that wouldn’t make me
feel like I have to write words.
KOO: So you would give up poetry?
LASKY: I would, and I would give up language communication, if
I could. Because I would love to exist in a place where language was
unnecessary, where you could communicate in other ways. Those types
of relationships to me are the most important.
Jason Koo is the founder and executive director of Brooklyn
Poets. He is the author of America’s Favorite Poem (C&R Press,
forthcoming 2014) and Man on Extremely Small Island (C&R
Press, 2009) and the winner of the DeNovo Poetry Prize and
the Asian American Writers’ Workshop Members’ Choice
Award for the best Asian-American book of 2009. He has published his poetry and prose in numerous journals, including the
Yale Review, North American Review and the Missouri Review.
Formerly director of the graduate program in English at Lehman College of the City
University of New York, he is currently an assistant professor of English at Quinnipiac
University and lives in Brooklyn.