Poet Spotlight: Kirsten Dierking

This is part of a series highlighting some of the poets anthologized in Poetry of Presence. We thank the poets for providing the material. Today we shine the spotlight on Kirsten Dierking.

POP spotlight dierking

Short bio: I’m the author of three books of poetry: Tether, Northern Oracle and One Red Eye. My poems have frequently been read on the radio program The Writer’s Almanac, and in 2015 I appeared as a guest on NPR’s A Prairie Home Companion.

Thoughts on mindfulness and poetry: It wasn’t until I started writing poetry in a serious way that I began to be really observant in the world.  In the same way that each word is important in a poem, each small thing I experienced started to have its own vital significance—a pristine snow drift, a bird feather, the sound of a wave lapping a boat.  The more I wrote, the more I loved walking—even a short, uneventful walk through my neighborhood became filled with a hundred interesting things I wanted to explore in my poems. It’s a sort of symbiotic relationship—writing poetry makes me pay attention to detail, but carefully attending to those small details out in the world makes me want to write.

A favorite quote: I’ll go with [Charles] Darwin. You can feel his intense love of nature in these last lines of Origin of Species:  “whilst this planet has gone cycling on according to the fixed law of gravity, from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being, evolved.”

Fun fact: I’m a bit of a Trekkie.

Website: www.dierking.net

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