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Logic of the ring: ‘Fighting Is Like a Wife’ with Eloisa Amezcua

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Eloisa Amezcua

This week on The Write Question, Lauren speaks with Eloisa Amezcua, poet and author of Fighting Is Like a Wife (Coffee House Press), a collection of visual, or concrete, poetry that spotlights the love story of two-time world boxing champion “Schoolboy” Bobby Chacon and his first wife, Valorie Ginn—a love story that ends in more than one tragedy. Writing through multiple perspectives and in many different forms, in Fighting Is Like a Wife, Eloisa writes about a couple (high school sweethearts!) who punched “holes through each other [and called] it love.” Listeners and readers, a spoiler alert and a note of caution: This story and this conversation includes mention of suicide; please take note and take care.

About Eloisa:

Eloisa Amezcua is from Arizona. She is the author of From the Inside Quietly (2018) and Fighting Is Like a Wife (2022). A MacDowell fellow, Eloisa has published poems and translations in the New York Times Magazine, Poetry Magazine, Kenyon Review, Gulf Coast, the Academy of American Poets Poem-a-Day series, and elsewhere.

Eloisa Amezcua recommends:

This episode of the Bad Hook podcast; and this one, too!

The Big Smoke by Adrian Matejka (Penguin Poets; Penguin Random House)

Apocalyptic Swing by Gabrielle Calvocoressi (Persea Books)

OLIO and Leadbelly by Tyehimba Jess (Wave Books)

The End of the Alphabet by Claudia Rankine (Grove Press)

Barbie Chang by Victoria Chang (Copper Canyon Press)

Lauren Korn recommends:

From the Inside Quietly (Split Lip Press) and Fighting Is Like a Wife (Coffee House Press) by Eloisa Amezcua

This conversation between Eloisa Amezcua and Lisa Higgs in The Adroit Journal

The Big Smoke by Adrian Matejka (Penguin Poets; Penguin Random House)

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Lauren R. Korn holds an M.A. in poetry from the University of New Brunswick, where she was the recipient of the Tom Riesterer Memorial Prize and the Angela Ludan Levine Memorial Book Prize. A former bookseller and the former Director of the Montana Book Festival, she is now the host of Montana Public Radio’s literature-based radio program and podcast, ‘The Write Question.’
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