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Suzanne Scarfone

Where My Poems Come From or Domestic Surrealism

In each of my poems, I paint the domestically surreal moments found in the musicality of everyday experience. I start with a scene and push my fingers around the figures, the landscape, the singing of the story until I have formed the visual image; then I write the words. The words in the poem must pull me along in a rush of sound, sometimes a chant, an incantation, a mouthful of splendor. Each sensed moment owes its language to a longing for something beyond the moment but born out of the potential beauty of the moment.