Wednesday, March 24, 2010

An Interview with Dan Poston

Dan is his homeboy
I've eaten funnel cake in Bryant Park with exactly one person: Dan Poston. In the spirit of that singluar experience I would add that Dan knows more about giraffes, psychoanalysis, and staging classical dramas in space than anyone else I know. He also makes a very good root soup.
CGC: If you could be any animal, which would you be and why?

DP: Hard to answer since being an animal of another kind would change my motivational system. I think it would be nice to be a large bird who was more intelligent than large snakes and carnivorous mammals, who felt safe flying through a network of its species' earth-traversing tunnels and enjoyed sunny landscapes and wormholes to planets like Saturn.

CGC: When is the perfect time to visit Iguazu Falls?

DP: When you need to be overwhelmed. There is at least one spot and time of a particular day when that can happen for you there quite unexpectedly or overwhelmingly, but you have to find it yourself and you might miss it, in which case Iguazu will just weep vacantly in close almost cold amistad.

CGC: Are the books of Dr. Seuss more or less accessible than the works of Sophocles?

DP: The books of Dr. Seuss are just pleasant rhyming books written by a very kind, warm man who knew a lot. Sophocles' plays are already accessed. They are about gods. I think we already think like Sophocles' plays, so reading them can be like having an empty resonant headache, or it can just be distracting how weird and idiosyncratic the words or rituals used to be. Seamus Heaney's Burial at Thebes is a great adaptation of Antigone.

CGC: Riverside Park is the best place in New York City for a walk: discuss.

DP: I would like to erase the question and yet not claim falsely.

CGC: Complete the following sentence: I am the ____________ painter you will ____________ .

DP: I am the lover of a painter you will meet in a dream of nighttime desert mountain rain storms and nice far back eyes.

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