Do Savannah (the arts supplement to The Savannah Morning News) ran an interview with me this week, in advance of my reading there on Friday. I’ve excerpted one of the Q&As below because my answer addresses a few issues that I’ve been orbiting around a lot lately: poetry as a mystical experience, the value of mystical experiences, and how the demand for mystical experiences does (and does not) manifest in marketable ways…

DO: You’re widely known in poetry circles as the founder and editor of the small press Black Ocean, which has published a whole lot of terrific books in recent years. Has the rapid success of the press taken you by surprise? Is it evidence of a hunger for poetry that mainstream outlets are not attuned to?

Stucky: “I believe people are hungry for a mystical experience and that poetry is one portal for that. Readers and writers are illuminati in their own ways. Most of us, in our daily machinations, have become so disconnected from ourselves that anything holding a mirror up to us can be startling – whether it’s meditation, art or some other psychedelic experience. This of course is not something mainstream outlets are attuned to, or would want to be – because by its very construction ‘the mainstream’ is about homogenizing the individual.”