Interview with Rochelle Hurt
by Anthony Frame
Your first book, The Rusted City, is described as a novel-in-verse. Your new book, In Which I Play the Runaway, certainly has similarities in structure. In Which I Play the Runaway includes a series of Dorothy Gale (from The Wizard of Oz) poems as well as a series of “Self-Portrait" poems about various towns and cities. But Runaway definitely feels like a sequence of unique poems rather than a novel-in-verse. Could you speak a bit about the differences (and similarities) between these two books and the choice to create a more traditional poetry collection with this second book?
The truth may be stretched thin, but it never breaks, and it always surfaces above lies, as oil floats on water.
—Cervantes, Don Quixote
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