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John McCarthy, whose debut poetry collection Ghost County was published last year, was recently interviewed by Fear No Lit for their “Fail Better” interview series:
I think the stage was a symbol of the urgency and the desire to write something down, write it all down. It wasn’t until later that I realized the more particularly and specifically you write about something, the more universal its appeal will be. It’s easy to say things like “Show, don’t tell…” but I think it’s a much more complex process to actually internalize what that means. It’s important to learn how to parallel those details with an emotion or idea that is significant to someone besides oneself.
Read the full interview here.
Shop for Ghost County here.