I’m not an existentialist but I know a prodding thing when I see one. Which is why Gina Myers’ sweet essay up at ColdFront today is timely — my students just read The Myth of Sisyphus and watched the films, “Woman In the Dunes” (Teshigahara adapted Kobe Abe’s book of the same title) and “The Savages“, and are currently writing an essay in which they take one of the absurdist roles Camus explores in the essay and compares/contrasts it to each of the protagonists in the films. This would make sense if I had time to explain or you were one of my students. Mostly, I was just noting the serendipity of Gina writing about The Myth and revealing lots about her own personality, like it or not, in Poets Off Poetry. Enjoy!
Amy King is the recipient of the 2015 Winner of the Women’s National Book Association (WNBA) Award. Her latest collection, The Missing Museum, is a winner of the 2015 Tarpaulin Sky Book Prize. She serves on the executive board of VIDA: Women in Literary Arts and is co-editing with Heidi Lynn Staples the anthology Big Energy Poets of the Anthropocene: When Ecopoets Think Climate Change. She also co-edited the anthology Bettering American Poetry 2015 and is a professor of creative writing at SUNY Nassau Community College.