Updated: Jun 19, 2021
“I have read Aaron’s poem “The Poetry Lesson” no less than twenty times and I still find new ways to interpret it. Writing that brings you back this many times is a living, breathing entity that you can’t hush, even if you try.” — Jaime Dill, editor for Cardigan Press
What genre/age ranges do you typically write for?
Realism, but there’s also a lot of Magical Realism, Surrealism, Horror, and Science Fiction elements in my poems. I don’t write for a certain age range or audience, but I assume my work is for adults—though many pieces can be read by anyone. Viewer discretion definitely advised.
How does your poem in Byline Legacies contrast with your usual writing?
“The Poetry Lesson” is a poem about poetry (Ars Poetica), which is something I don’t write too often. So in that sense, it’s different. It’s similar to other poems of mine in that it lives in contradictions and juxtapositions. The poem to me sort of lands in a place of gray—poetry (the reading and writing of it) can be a constructive and destructive force, yet sometimes that destruction is actually desired. I like playing with those paradoxes. Anything that’s too didactic is morally suspect. The real stuff is in between.
How can readers best support you at this time?
I’ve recently been posting little blurbs for all my publications over on Instagram. If anyone wants to see a little more behind the scenes, check me out @aarondsandberg.