Iain Haley Pollock’s Spit Back a Boy
This episode of Late Night Debut features Spit Back a Boy, Iain Haley Pollock’s collection of poems published by University of Georgia Press in 2011. Winner of the 2010 Cave Canem Poetry Prize, the poems in Spit Back a Boy “cover the ground from a woman late to catfish supper to an ancient queen who howls, ‘Sea, you is ugly,’ from the creaking of slave ships launched from Lancaster to gunfire on a contemporary Philadelphia street.”
Guest co-hosts Doug Cornett and DJ Dolack discuss identity and in-betweenness, death and ritual, and connections between past and present in poems like “At River Rock Farm,” “Oya in Old City,” and “Confirmation.”
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About Iain Haley Pollock:
In addition to his debut collection, Spit Back a Boy, Iain Haley Pollock’s poetry has appeared in several literary journals, including American Poetry Review,Boston Review, and Callaloo. Pollock lives in Philadelphia and teaches at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy, where he is the Cyrus H. Nathan ‘30 Faculty Chair for English.
Click here for our microinterview with Iain.
About our co-hosts:
Doug Cornett is a teacher and writer living in Portland, Oregon. He earned his BA in English at Skidmore College, where he was awarded the Denise Marcil Prize for fiction, and went on to receive his MFA in Creative Writing at Portland State University. He has taught writing at both the high school and university level, and his short fiction and poetry have appeared in Superstition Review,Vestal Review, Prick of the Spindle, and elsewhere. He is currently at work on his first novel.
DJ Dolack’s work has appeared in numerous journals, including The Denver Quarterly, Handsome, Salt Hill, and Diode. His video reviews and “Tourist Trap, NYC” series can be found at Coldfront Magazine , where he is also the video editor. His most recent chapbook, 12 Poems, was published by Eye For An Iris Press (2010). His next chapbook is forthcoming from Greying Ghost Press (2012), and his first full-length collection, Whittling a New Face in the Dark, is forthcoming from Black Ocean (2013). He teaches writing at Baruch College and lives in Jackson Heights, Queens.