Interview with Aran Donovan

Aran DonovanNew Orleans, LA


Aran Donovan

Aran Donovan

Tell us a little about yourself.

I think this year I'm going as Wednesday Addams for Halloween. She was my spirit animal when I was fourteen.

How did you begin writing poetry? 

I was fourteen. I had a lot of feelings. See above.

Tell us about “two left feet,” the poem that was selected for Best New Poets 2013.

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I wrote "two left feet" in January, a month when no one is dancing. The fox and barn were imported from more sunlit timesin 2012, I had a residency at the Edward Albee Foundation in Montauk (for which I am hugely grateful), and I was the only tan poet on Long Island.

What question do you wish I'd asked?

Which is more convincing: John Donne's "The Flea" or Andrew Marvell's "To his Coy Mistress"

Marvell. Totally, Marvell. 

Read "two left feet" and 49 other poems selected by Brenda Shaughnessy by pre-ordering Best New Poets 2013.