I am of the firm belief that poetry should be accessible. I fully support poems which present a surface level of simplicity, uncomplicated in the same way that a haiku can strike the perfect cord with only seventeen syllables. The reliability of minimalist poetry is necessary because it ensures that anyone can enjoy it. The more “basic” the poem, the easier it is to pick up for people who may not often read poetry. The spectrum of complexity allows for a broader audience, and
There is an inherent beauty in the way that Jamie Mortara writes. The air of vulnerability that permeates their work is genuine and palpable, and it welcomes the open-minded reader. In their second collection with YesYes Books, Good Morning America I am Hungry and On Fire, Mortara guides their audience through the briar patch of recovery, sobriety, love, death, and learning to live again.
I was lucky enough to sit and speak with Mortara, whose career I have been ch