Irish University Review vol:28 issue:2 pages:281-293
In this interview Vona Groarke discusses her sense of physical, painted and poetic space and the ways in which she finds an ingress into a painting or a thing, like a teapot. From there, the imagination, emotion, the intellect, the eyes and ears synthesize the product of their perception to find teapotness. Groarke talks about two kinds of art, the Constable versus the Munch type, how rhythms of life find their way into poetry, how it is fun to push language to find the spots where the material and the immaterial realities, the functional and the fantastic of our everyday world combine. Poetry, according to Groarke, is about gaps and ghosts, and is marked by a certain fearlessness. In order to explore these near-physical presences one needs to bring all the organs of poetry to life; in this practice, figures like Chardin and Hopkins are inspirational examples.