Voyage LA Interview
Kissing Dynamite Poetry Featured Poet
MFA Writers Podcast w/ Jared McCormack
Assistant Editor Zora Satchell on “Bear in mind that death is a drum”:
When this came across my desk as I was going through the submissions, I was immediately impressed by Williams’ work. “Bear in mind that death is a drum” is after “Drum” by Langston Hughes. In the original piece, the drum music is a literal death march that is never ended. Whether we are aware of it or not, we all march forward to its beat answering its call. In Williams’ piece, the music of death takes on joy. “Listening to life like a/Signal to start the song”—You cannot help but dance, dance as hard as you can so the holy ghost may catch you and “carry you to a new home/ worth living for.”
Episode 18: Danielle P. Williams | George Mason University
An MFA-sponsored trip to the Mariana Islands allowed Danielle P. Williams of George Mason University to reconnect with her ancestral culture. She sits down with Jared to discuss exploring Chamorro history through poetry, learning ancient language through translation, and meeting mentors and allies through her program.