Morgan Parker & Rachel Long: Other People’s Comfort Keeps Me Up at NightWednesday 25 August 2021, 7 p.m. · 59 minutes
‘It’s a particular types of poetics, I suppose, or just a different way of experiencing poetry, as both a writer and a reader. There’s a ghost energy in the poem – if you’re thinking about them in that performative way, as well as on the page, there’s something new that can happen, some third genre.’
In Other People’s Comfort Keeps Me Up at Night, Morgan Parker bobs and weaves between humour and pathos, grief and anxiety, Gwendolyn Brooks and Jay-Z, the New York School and reality television, and collapses distinctions between the personal and the political, the ‘high’ and the ‘low’.
Parker read from the collection and spoke to Rachel Long, whose Forward nominated debut collection My Darling from the Lions was published by Picador last year.