Home team Austinist just interviewed me—strange being on the other side of that equation…:
For poet Nick Courtright, the notion of the punchline is a painful thing. It’s also a hopeful thing, as it’s a pinhole through which we make sense of existence. “Punchline,” Courtright’s full-length debut (a National Poetry Series Finalist called “nothing short of a knockout” by the Boston Review), is framed by quotations from Einstein, Sagan, Lorca, and Suzuki. He also utilizes a bevy of great thinkers (across all disciplines) to untangle and reverse engineer each of those initial passages. This approach, coupled with Courtright’s refreshingly non-high-falutin’ voice, offers up a version of contemporary poetry (a genre that has become more and more a hermetic coterie) that is accessible to a wide audience. Leading up to two readings with Austin native Julie Choffel, one this Thursday at BookPeople and one this Friday at Domy Books, we met up with Courtright at his East Austin home to talk about influence, slowness, and hating to write.
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