Iris Cushing On Publishing

Iris Cushing, interviewed by Jasmine Dream Wagner in the Conversant:

“Too often, I think, publishing is seen as a ‘goal’ of writing. It’s not. It’s one possible outcome, but there are hundreds of other equally good outcomes. My aspiration in editing Argos is to make the publishing process part of a continuum with the writing process. Poems are born in context, in the midst of a place and a time, among friends and lovers, plants and animals, grumpy co-workers and flirty bartenders; I want to take up publishing as a part of that whole. A book shouldn’t be something that is made when the poems are ‘finished.’ Rather, a book grows out of its context and leads to further changes, further growth.”