The L Mag Questionnaire for Writer Types: Lucy Ives

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06/14/2011 3:15 PM |

Collage by the author.

  • Collage by the author.

Lucy Ives is the author of a long poem, Anamnesis (Slope Editions, 2009), recently released on vinyl by Unicorn Evil/Flying Object. Her Early Poems is forthcoming from Ahsahta Press in 2013. She lives in Ridgewood and is a contributing editor at Triple Canopy. She reads tomorrow night at the Blue Letter series at Watty & Meg.

For our readers who may not be familiar with your work, what’s the most accurate thing someone else has said about it?
“You are simultaneously the most frivolous and most serious person I know.”

What have you read/watched/listened to/looked at/ate recently that will permanently change our readers’ lives for the better?
Chris Marker’s Sans Soleil, which is by the way available on a certain television-related website currently hosting a significant chunk of the Criterion Collection.

Whose ghostwritten celebrity tell-all (or novel) would you sprint to the store to buy (along with a copy of The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius so that the checkout clerk doesn’t look at you screwy)?
Prince Rogers Nelson’s Basketball Diaries by Dave Chappelle.

Have you ever been a Starving Artist, and did it make you brilliant, or just hungry?
Despite the frequent touting of rice and beans, oatmeal is in my opinion one of the most effective means of supporting other cheap foodstuffs. Also, what most artists need is time.

What would you characterize as an ideal interaction with a reader?
Reader: (Setting down fully read book) You are simultaneously the most frivolous and most serious person I know.

(Failing this, reader, possibly someone I do not know, simply reads book.)

Have you ever written anything that you’d like to take back?
Where would I put it?