Tabs open on your screen right now: Just this. Astrologically, my sun and moon are in Capricorn, which makes me a very focused and structured person. I fluctuate between so many different projects, so if I don’t keep focused on singular things at a time, nothing would ever get done.
If you had to brag about yourself: Ah, no. I won’t.
Your writer crush: Fariha Róisín. Sofia Banzhaf. Monica McClure.
Favorite lyric: This is an impossible question, but I’ve always loved Trish Keenan’s (RIP) lyrics for Broadcast. Like this, from ‘Until Then:’
If you think nothing is yours
If I think everything belongs to me
How wrong I’ll be
None of us have anything
There’s a place I have never explored
Another world we have yet to conquer
And until then none of us have anything
Any place in the world: Prince Albert National Park in Saskatchewan. Parc Régional du Poisson Blanc in Québec. Oaxaca state and Mexico City in Mexico.
Best breakfast: Bougie espresso. A green smoothie. My friend Raph’s special oatmeal.
Favorite online places right now: Lots of great online things coming out of Montreal—Metatron. The Editorial Magazine. n10as. I also love the interviews Erin Taylor has been posting via Maudlin House. The best things happen in life happen IRL, though.
Sweetest thing: Female friendship. Listening. Emojis.
Your rituals (writing or not): I-Ching readings. Sabotaging my life every 3 years.
Least impressive thing about you: I am a workaholic and obsessed with productivity. I also have high expectations because I am a god-damn perfectionist.
Favorite space to write: Notes on my iPhone.
What should we know: Alternative dimensions. 11:11.
Guilty literary pleasure: No guilt in reading.
Best book nobody talks about: So many. We let so many great things pass under the radar.
Character (TV, book, movie) you most identify with: Esther in The Bell Jar, not for her specific reality but for the way she observes and feels the world around her. I also love Anaïs Nin and feel very connected to the reflections and musings in her journals, particularly the ones from her 20’s and 30’s. And Alice Notley, for my subconscious mind.
Question you secretly want to be asked: What do you fear?
The answer: Fear itself. Fear is the mind killer.
Ashley Opheim [Ashley Obscura] is a poet, editor, publisher and performer based in Montreal, Quebec. She is the founder and managing editor of Metatron Press. Her writing has been translated into Spanish and Romanian.