Charles Kell, author of Ishmael Mask and Cage of Lit Glass, was recently reviewed by W.J. Herbert for South Florida Poetry Journal. Charles and W.J. talk in-depth about the poems from Ishmael and how they compare with Charles’s previous work. We love the insights Charles shares,
I believe in my bones that there is no more optimistic act than writing a poem, drawing a picture, playing music, practicing and creating any type of art. Writing is everything; every text, to me, is a letter of some sort, an epistle. I’ve written letters all my life, and still do, albeit less frequently. I wonder, often, are prisoners the last letter writers? The very act, the time, the commitment it takes to piece and stitch a manuscript together, it’s such an act of love, of devotion and optimism; also, no book is ever made in a vacuum, books are always acts of collaboration.
To read this full interview, check out the SFJP website.