Books, Poetry

Books, Poetry

The poet articulating your deepest existential fears

‘Sweetdark’, Savannah Brown’s sophomore collection of poetry, explores how we live vulnerably, pleasurably, and chaotically at the end of the world.

10/18/2020 10:42:00 PM

‘Sweetdark’, Savannah Brown’s sophomore collection of poetry, explores how we live vulnerably, pleasurably, and chaotically at the end of the world.

‘Sweetdark’, Savannah Brown’s sophomore collection of poetry, explores how we live vulnerably, pleasurably, and chaotically at the end of the world.

, went viral in 2014.“It is very overwhelming, but I'm also just very appreciative. And in a way -- this might sound a bit masochistic -- it is kind of fun.” She doesn’t yet have a ritual for the run-up to a publication date, she says, it’s too early in her career for that. “But maybe this is the ritual, maybe the ritual is chaos.”

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You describe yourself in your Twitter bio as a “very troubled girl” -- can you tell me a bit about what’s troubling you in particular at the moment?This reminds me of when I was a teenager and I was going to my doctor to be like,"I think I have anxiety." And he was like,"Well, what makes you nervous?" And I'm like,"Uh, everything?" I think it’s everything: I'm troubled by the state of the world, I'm troubled by all these books in my living room, I'm troubled by the process, I'm troubled by my day-to-day life.

It’s just your way of being?Yeah, it’s just sort of a general aura of being unsettled. You know, for a long time my Twitter bio just said like"slug", or something. I don't know if this is more or less flattering.So what’s sustaining you at this moment in time?

I've been reading a lot, I've been writing a lot, and I've been thinking a lot about the future. Which, I think, is a fun thing to do. Maybe I'm crazy, but there's something comforting about it, because it just doesn't exist. It can really look like however you want it to look like, and imagining something is better is... one of my hobbies.

Let’s talk about your book. There has to be a story to the nameSweetdark. How did you land on that as a title?Poem to poem, I noticed that these made-up compound words kept appearing. I especially liked the idea of putting together two words that were almost but not exactly opposites. And [

Sweetdark] is not"bittersweet". It's almost bittersweet, but not, and I think that aspect of it is a little bit unsettling.I mean, the whole thing thatSweetdarkis trying to say is about how different realities can exist alongside each other. And the sort of blurry intersections where one moment or feeling might begin, and another might end. So I was just playing around with different words that appeared in the text a lot, and seeing how they sounded together. And once

Sweetdarkcame about, I was like, “Yeah, I think that's it. I think you just summed it up.” And I think it's quite fun to say! Read more: i-D »

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