Originally published in Willow Springs 81

From the author

Notes on “3 Poems”

When I wrote these poems I was trying to write poems with longer lines, to be more direct, to just say stuff! I admire plain-spokenness in poetry, though what that ultimately means is anyone’s guess. The line in Bats about having a dream where someone was calling for me and it woke me up is true, or as they say in poetry circles, “that really happened.” I am a very slow (very) writer and sometimes a line just gets under my skin and stays there for a very long time and gets written down in my poetry notebook several times until I can figure out how to make it into a poem. Or until I buy a new poetry notebook and it’s lost forever. The line “I wanted to lie down with you where the rooftops dissolved if we stared long enough,” which I think I first made an appearance in my notebook somewhere in the summer of 15 and finally landed in a finished poem in the summer of 2016. The poem about crawling into bed with a stiff drink and a wild-life identification guide (something I have never crawled into bed with, by the way) arrived quicker, I think because I had the identification guide as a nice mode of travel through the poem. I would really NOT like to have a bat flying towards my hair, that sounds terrifying, but I love that time at night – usually in the spring and summer – when dusk is just arriving and the bats appear, taking off from the trees. I like asserting things in poems that might not make sense in real life.


Music, Food, Booze, Tattoos, Kittens, etc.

I am favor of all of these things! some in more moderation than others. I listen to music sometimes when I write, most of the time on my drive into work, and fairly often when I sit in bed and have my morning coffee. I am a fan of Bill Evans, Bill Charlap, Sara Bareilles, Neko Case, Beyonce, Fleet Foxes and much more. I have a tattoo on my ankle of a raccoon and I have a black cat who is not really a kitten any longer. She avoids us most of the time but she comes to visit almost every night at bedtime. She likes to hit my face with hers; this is called bunting. I recently learned that word and now it’s one of my favorite.


About Susan Moore

Susan Moore is the author of the chapbooks She Preferred to Read the Knives and How to Live Forever, published by Dancing Girl Press. She is an editor of the anthology Alive At The Center: Contemporary Poems from the Pacific Northwest, published by Ooligan Press. Her work has appeared in New York Quarterly, Poetry Northwest, Quick Fiction and elsewhere. She was born in Southern California but has spent most of her life in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. She has lived in Portland since 1988, has a Masters in Writing from Portland State University and works at Literary Arts. You can follow her on Twitter at @susanmoorepdx