I’m not a good appraiser of my own formal work, though I can tell others when their poetry is good and why.
It was pretty much my first time single in my adult life. It was…necessary, the first time in a while where I was living alone. A lot of these poems were in that space, waking up morning after morning alone. Which I love, but noticeably distinct from my previous lives, where the refrigerator and bed were in the same room, and at thirty-five finally buying a car. A lot of the poems became driving-around poems.
For more on Heather McNaugher, including her upcoming reading schedule, visit http://heathermcnaugher.com/
Editor's Note: Part 2 of Blast Furnace's interview with McNaugher will be posted to this site in April, along with some of her poetry.