Tiny Spills | Jordan Zandi

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If you had to brag about yourself:
I can hold my breath for three minutes.

Your writer crush:
Anne Carson

Favorite lyric:
This was unlike the story / it was written to be / I was riding its back / when it used to ride me (Joanna Newsom)

Any place in the world:
Clifftop grasslands overlooking the Pacific on the Northwest coast of Big Island, Hawaii. It’s like standing on Miyazaki’s Laputa.

Best breakfast:
Two-wheat-bread-slice-two-scrambled-egg sandwich with a pinch of salt and Cholula Hot Sauce.

Favorite online places right now:
I can’t stop googling “Hillary Clinton” and “Donald Trump” and reading the absurd titles of the partisan articles. The ultimate train wreck to not look away from.

Sweetest thing:
Hikes with Vilija.

Your rituals (writing or not):
1) Almost all my reading happens in the bathtub. 2) Before I write, I stand outside and think to myself over and over “I can do this” till convinced it’s true.

Least impressive thing about you:
I can’t assemble anything. Legos were the worst present.

Favorite space to write:
My office wall. All the poems from my current project are tacked to it.

What should we know:
The owls are not what they seem.

Guilty literary pleasure:
The day the next installment of A Song of Ice and Fire comes out I’ll be at the bookstore.

Best book nobody talks about:
The Book of Ebenezer Le Page by G.B. Edwards

Character (Book, TV, Movie) you most identify with:
Rocinante.

Last time you lied:
Just now.

The lie:
I identify more with Lily Briscoe.

Question you secretly want to be asked:
Virginia Woolf is the best, isn’t she?

The answer:
Yeah, she is.

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Jordan Zandi is the author of Solarium (Sarabande Books, 2016), which The New Yorker called “a first book made eventful by the weirdness and clarity of Zandi’s mind.” His poems have appeared in The New Republic, Little Star Journal, and Verse Daily, among others. He is founder and co-editor of Prodigal, an independent print and online literary journal of poetry and prose, and currently lives in Indianapolis with his wife, Vilija.

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