An Interview with Quinn Elise Rennerfeldt, "He Was Bit in Jewett"


What inspired this piece?

I was listening to a podcast, Stuff You Missed in History Class, and they had a fascinating episode called "New England Vampire Panic." Any topic that speaks to both medicine and the supernatural is an immediate fascination for me, so this poem came pretty organically out of my research* after listening to the podcast. 

 Who are the writers you admire and why?

One of my very favorite poets is Ross Gay. He has mastered the economy of language and his use of imagery astounds me each and every time. Even if I've read a poem of his repeatedly, I am surprised by its beautiful efficacy. If I ever sum up a moment with the same mastery as he is able, I will die happy. 

Where do you find your inspiration?

There seems to be an even split, where about half of my poems come to me by random moments of discovery, as with this piece, and the remaining half originate from small moments in my daily life. 

Would you rather have the power of flight or invisibility? And why?

I'd have to go with flying. It's usefulness would know no bounds, and I would appreciate being able to avoid the cattle-wrangling of modern air travel. 

*As in, reading the various cited sources from the Wikipedia page at 2 a.m. when I couldn't sleep.