First-Book Interview with Joe Wilkins

iO Poetry interviews Joe Wilkins, author of the poetry collection Killing the Murnion Dogs, in their new issue. When talking about the importance of poetry, Joe says “Poetry is necessary because it is a place where we can be rigorous with that which gives shape to our world and our very selves: language. Poetry has to do with the mouth, the thrumming blood, those isolate bits of geography that scarred and shaped us. Poetry precedes and works against our consumer culture and the lies it tells us; poetry works against whatever would deny us our humanity and our ties to the physical world.” Read the entire interview here, and buy a copy of Murnion Dogs here.