Carolyn Perry is the Dean of Faculty at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri, where she taught English for sixteen years. Her publications include The Dolphin Reader (coedited with Doug Hunt), Southern Women’s Writing (coedited with Mary Louise Weaks) and The History of Southern Women’s Literature (coedited with Mary Louise Weaks). With Wayne Zade, she has published interviews with Scott Russell Sanders in the Kenyon Review and Image: Art, Faith, and Mystery. 
Dec 01 2009
A Conversation with Pattiann Rogers
I’ve spent much of my life being attuned to watching for an image or a phrase that can trigger what might be a poem-could become a poem. What triggers a poem for me is not the same as what triggers an essay. My mind is geared now to looking for, or to watching out for, the image that attracts my attention or the phrase or the strange juxtaposition that strikes me bodily, or an odd question or supposition. If I’m excited by something bodily, and curious about it, I generally want to delve into it and explore it with poetry. That’s the way I ordinarily watch the world around me.