Darren Lyons is from Akron, OH. He's rambled since, but he's currently an MFA student in the Creative Writing Program of The New School in New York, NY and is the MFA Saturday Workshop Coordinator this semester. Recently, his poems were published in The Ekphrastic Review, Chronogram, and The Inquisitive Eater. A poetry/painting project of his was featured on The Best American Poetry Blog.
Who is your favorite villain, and who is your favorite protagonist in literature?
My favorite protagonist (my heroine) is the speaker of Sylvia Plath's "Lady Lazarus." My favorite villain is that same speaker. I get (visceral) chills every time I read that poem, all of Ariel. I ask, "Why can't you have risen another six times?"
When did you know you were a writer?
That day, maybe four years ago, when I realized in every moment, I'm writing. While I'm walking, reading, riding, talking, listening, sleeping, I'm writing.
What are you currently working on?
A three-page research poem, called "Charred Beloved," about the painter, Arshile Gorky. In 1945, his Connecticut studio burned to the ground. He lost over twenty paintings. Afterward, he said the painting he was working on when the fire broke out was still burning inside his head.
How has your writing process changed over the years?
Because of this creative writing program, I revise now, I'm learning how, and that's making all the difference.
Describe your writing style in one sentence
Mark Rothko: “It is really a matter of ending this silence and solitude, of breathing and stretching one's arms again.”