Interviews and Reviews

Mythology and Cosmos: A review of Jasmine Gui’s “If a Carp Dreams of the Milky Way”

by Manahil Bandukwala for PRISM International

"If a Carp Dreams of the Milky Way demonstrates the possibilities of multidisciplinary collaborations to evoke a new type of heightened emotional response. This is poetry and art of dream and myth that, like folklore, carries on across generations and takes a form unique to its storyteller."

Wandering To Inevitable Arrivals (ft. Penrose Press)

 by Jasmine Gui for Teh People Studio

"Our ideation conversations are nebulous in a way that only creative folk who have wandering built intentionally into their work process can sustain. We circle around images, ideas, placements, materials, designs, tones and methods. Decisions aren’t preset markers. They are inevitable arrivals. It is a kind of joy to work with people in this way."

Caterpillar Portraits by Joyce Jodie Kim | KEEP CALM AND READ ON

by S Golinski for

"Adults and children alike will find themselves in this poignant reflection on childhood; I was personally awed by the breathlessly genuine description of Joy and her sister Noel’s cardboard architecture in the chapter, “The Closet,” which effortlessly encompasses the liminal kingdom between the wisdom of age and wonder of childhood."

Intersections of Music and Poetry: Interview with Sanna Wani

by Manahil Bandukwala for Canthius

"I feel when I’m able to play with space on a page, I can convey so much more deeply what I want to convey. With “Bells”, I was trying to talk about love. I was trying to talk about all the different kinds of love that exist. I was in this moment where I had expressed my love for someone. Whether it was romantic or familial, I wanted to evoke the joy of the feeling when someone stays with you. You express your love to them, and they just stay with you. The feeling that produces, it felt to me like the sound of bells, or ringing. The ringing was something I wanted in the structure of the poem because I feel like my heart is ringing like a bell when I love someone."

Pulling Back the Flesh of Myself: An Interview with Sanna Wani

by Shazia Hafiz Ramji for

"Poems are strange little immortal creatures that can resurrect themselves with new trajectories at any moment. I think for me it’s an active choice in a moment of joy, like a final edit I think is really good, where I decide I’ve sat with the poem long enough and am ready to send it on its way."

The Pink of the Seams - Sanna Wani (A Book Review)

by James Knott for

"A collection of short ruminations on the vignettes of life that catch a breeze, only to b brought back on the whim of some younger atoms. A collection of rich tiled patterns, deconstructing florals into the triangular cluster of a slice of geode."