Spotlight: Locked Horns Press (part 7 of 8)


katie-fordColdfront is featuring responses from Locked Horn Press’ Gendered & Written: Forums on Poetics and Read Women: An Anthology where poets respond to broad questions regarding the relationship between gender and poetics. When Katie Ford was asked how gender influences her poetics, she replied:

My body affects my poetics. So, the term “gender” isn’t crucial to me, my work, or how, ultimately, I read, but my human body is of utter centrality. For instance, my new book, Blood Lyrics, was written during pregnancy and the three years after. If I had not had a child, those particular poems (Chapter I) would certainly not have been written, as they speak from the gutted position of a mother who might lose her child, who was in critical condition for four months. But if someone comes at my book in terms of “gender,” I’ll be sorely disappointed. Identity politics sometimes obscures, diminishes, or makes adamant mistakes about what’s truly at stake in a poet’s work.


Katie Ford’s poem, “Beirut,” appears in Read Women: An Anthology.


Katie Ford is the author of Deposition and Colosseum, which was named a “Best Book of 2008” by Publisher’s Weekly and by the Virginia Quarterly Review, in addition to her forthcoming collection, Blood Lyrics. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Poetry, and Poetry International. Her honors include a Lannan Literary Fellowship and the Larry Levis Reading Award. She lives with her husband, the novelist Josh Emmons, and their young daughter.

*Read part 6 of our spotlight on Locked Horn Press here.