Don Paterson talks to Colette Bryce

02.24.2020 - By The Poetry Society

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Don Paterson talks to Colette Bryce, poet and guest editor of the winter 2019 issue of the Review, about the “dark comedy” of his forthcoming collection Zonal – the inspiration he took from watching old episodes of The Twilight Zone, the freedom of a long line and a looser, narrative form, and the possibilities of confessionalism. “I like the confessional tone,” Don says, “I don’t like that within the confessional tone you’re obliged to confess.” He and Colette also discuss writing routines and the drafting process – “It’s not about getting it right – it’s all about giving yourself to something changing because you’re discovering what you want to say,” he says. Don also gives exclusive readings of ‘The Way We Were’, first published in the winter issue of the Review, and two other poems from Zonal: ‘You Guys’ and ‘Death’.

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