Aran Donovan, New Orleans, LA
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.
I wrote "two left feet" in January, a month when no one is dancing. The fox and barn were imported from more sunlit times—in 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?
Marvell. Totally, Marvell.
Read "two left feet" and 49 other poems selected by Brenda Shaughnessy by pre-ordering Best New Poets 2013.