They sure do. As part of the queer issue of Poetry is Dead, I was interviewed (along with the other poets in the issue) about failure, which was super fun, except that I may have given myself a bit of a complex. No big deal.
Here’s how Alex Leslie opens up the interview:
In her book ‘The Queer Art of Failure’ Judith Halberstam offers alternative ways of knowing and becoming. Instead of valuing the conventional paths of belonging, achievement and completion, she thinks about and champions the ways of “failure”: losing your way, giving in, being excluded, forgetting, awkwardness, coming apart. Not just rejecting the “normal,” Halberstam shows alternatives to success as paths that have always been there, moving away from mastery and coherence. In this series of Q&A’s with contributors to our upcoming Queer issue, we play with these ideas. When we aren’t trying to finish first (or finish anything) where do we end up?
Check out the interview here: here.