The Landing: Interview with Dalton Day at Up the Staircase Quarterly

The Landing: An Interview Series seeks to gain insight into the diverse creative processes of some of our favorite writers with the hopes that we can inspire others through this sharing. Each quarter we will highlight one previously published poem in a short interview.


Dalton Days’s poem, “An Understanding (A tornado of limbs),” was published earlier this year at Reality Beach.

A tornado of limbs
is what I call
my body.
To see your body
is, I hope,
less awful than seeing
an actual tornado
of limbs. You say.

Day talks about his poem as an invitation to eavesdrop, visualizing linebreaks, and purposeful repetition. Read our interview here.

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