Poetry Interview by Jane Newkirk: Featuring Poet Cate Lycurgus

Cate Lycurgus’s poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Best American Poetry, American Poetry Review, Ploughshares, Kenyon Review, and elsewhere. She has also received scholarships from Bread Loaf and Sewanee Writers’ Conferences and 2nd place in Narrative’s Annual Poetry Contest for 2022. Cate lives in San Jose, California, where she interviews for 32 Poems and teaches professional writing.

Ms. Newkirk has worked as a cook, bread baker, stained glass artist, and art gallery owner. Her poems have appeared in Intima: A Journal of Narrative Medicine, The Night Heron Barks, The Shore, and are forthcoming in Empty House Press and Naugatuck River Review. Her creative nonfiction was a 2019 Pushcart Prize nominee. She is an occupational therapist in Jackson, Mississippi.

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Interview Part 1

Interview Part 2

[How bout you come ] —Written and read aloud by Ms. Lycurgus.

love me now

that I’ve bleached

my hands past harm?

That I can handle

rough. All the nights

stroking his next

breath, coaxing the fire –

polished eyelet past


for urine to gold –

rush forth. What

don’t we owe

our begetter?

I fork each egg

over, nugget by curd,

here on the lane

behind Safeway, acacias’

pollen every place —

I slip my palms

in the slot

of my thighs,

sideways, waiting

for sleep to

come, love me now

that all of my days

have fallen

through, tender all

I know how to do

This poem was originally published by Poetry Northwest 2019

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John Kraps
July 20, 2023 12:35 pm

Wonderful blend of sound and meaning; the deep connection between caring for someone and making love to them. Your dad is very proud of you in heaven, Cate!❤️👍🏼

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