like a spree of free association that comes to make meaning
Talking with the acclaimed poet, Sarah Arvio about her beautiful new book. Cry Back My Sea, a book meditating on love and anger in the domestic relationship. Here, we discuss the musicality of words, their long associations and allusions; and writing the poems we don’t want to write but we need to.
Sarah Arvio’s newest book of poems, Cry Back My Sea, has been lauded as an “ode to love.” Her previous book is night thoughts: 70 dream poems & notes from an analysis (2013) , a hybrid of poems, essay and memoir. Earlier books of poems are Sono: cantos (2006) and Visits from the Seventh (2002). Her recent edition of the poetry of Federico García Lorca, Poet in Spain: New Translations, garnered wide acclaim. Arvio, who attended the School of the Arts in New York, has won the Rome Prize of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and fellowships from the Guggenheim and Bogliasco foundations and the National Endowment for the Arts, among other honors. For many years a translator for the United Nations in New York and Geneva, she has also taught at Princeton and at the School of the Arts. A longtime New Yorker, she has has also resided in Paris, Rome, Madrid, Mexico City and Caracas. (All books published by Alfred A. Knopf.)