This interview by H.L. Hix is one of a series, many of which will be collected in Alter Nation: America in Recent Poetry, Recent Poetry in America, from Ugly Duckling Presse (fall 2012). Hix loves the interview form as a way of thinking together (itself a condition of democracy, justice, philosophy, and other ideals and practices he values), and as one element in a community poetics. The subject of this interview is Anna Moschovakis’ I Have Not Been Able to Get Through to Everyone (Turtle Point Press, 2006).
H.L. Hix: Hart Crane talks in an essay about a “logic of metaphor,” and your untitled opening poem establishes a strange associative logic that will recur throughout the book. I wonder if you have a way of naming or talking about this logic?
Anna Moschovakis: I have been thinking lately about the idea of the “slippery slope” as it applies to logical thought. I am the daughter of two (mathematical) logicians and in college I studied continental philosophy — which is more associative than systematic — partly as an expression of my resistance to what I saw as the dogma of logic in my household growing up. But I aced Logic, despite myself. I’m very drawn to the forms of logical thinking — inclusion/exclusion, if/then, etc — but perhaps my attraction to them is more aesthetic than epistemological.