Mary Szybist on Poetry and Prayer, Being Heard.

by Florence Sunnen

“I have always been attracted to apostrophe, perhaps because of its resemblance to prayer. A voice reaches out to something beyond itself that cannot answer it. I find that moving in part because it enacts what is true of all address and communication on some level—it cannot fully be heard, understood, or answered. Still, some kinds of articulations can get us closer to such connections—connections between very different consciousnesses—and I think the linguistic ranges in poetry can enable that.”


Mary Szybist – A World Beyond the Glass: An Interview with Mary Szybist (The Paris Review, April 8, 2014)