“The idea of thirst, of urgent desire, lends Slow Dance Bullets an immediacy as the poems reconcile the danger and beauty of living in the world. Meaghan believes that a poem “has teeth, a pulse or beat, and often, an unruliness to its imagery.” These poems are indeed wild, and they have plenty of teeth.”
Reading poems from Slow Dance Bullets for Plymouth Television show The Local Seen featuring local poets & artists.
A video produced and Edited by Sophie Bakoledis, this clip gives an inside glimpse into the Book Launch event hosted by Recovery Without Walls for Slow Dance Bullets.
“But Slow Dance Bullets is really about triggers. Childhood triggers. People and places that trigger someone to escape. The triggers we can grow comfortable with pressing. I think the title also touches on denial – of refusing to admit the structure is collapsing around you. To carry on dancing regardless of the music.”
“Throughout, Quinn’s voice is as lyrical as a spinning tire swing, as sensuous as a razor blade.”
“Meaghan Quinn is a writer living on the Cape. She’s recently published a collection of poetry titled Slowdance Bullets. On The Point, we talk with her about this very personal collection of poetry which includes reflections on adolescence, addiction and recovery.”
“My writing and spiritual life have always informed each other. I’m pretty fascinated by both the religious lives and writings of Blake, Hopkins, Thomas Aquinas, St. Augustine, so it makes sense that my poems tend to be anchored in a dichotomy of prayer and depravity, mysticism and addiction.”
“But I soon realized, through engaging with the poems themselves, that the series has much more to do with the speaker’s self-discovery through grief than with preservation. How the speaker grapples with her own guilt, and with fallibility of memory itself. The poems did not want to engage in static preservation, but with dynamic exploration.”
“His scrubby beard is full of charmed secrets, black-rimmed glasses slipping down the bridge of his nose, and the best part of all, a white hamster sits perched atop his shoulder, posing for the pic.”
Part II, From A to Z: An Interview with Josh Medsker on His Encyclopedia-Inspired Project, Medskerpedia
“It is not the time to be bashful or equivocating in writing. I don’t use the poetry to escape from politics, absolutely not. It’s the opposite. In my life and writing, I’ve tried to stand up for the little guy and tell his or her story in my own way.”