Bridget Lindstrom | Interview

Kenneth P. Gurney. Tells us how you started in poetry? What age?

Bridget Lindstrom. I started writing when I was very young. Growing up with disorders like dyslexia and ADD I wasn’t always great at saying what I was thinking as articulately as I wanted and reading could be a struggle but still I always found myself with a fever for words and poetry allowed me to revisit a moment and talk about it as eloquently as I wanted to.

KPG. What is your favorite breakfast?

BL. My favorite kind is one that’s shared. One that’s made in a warm sun filled kitchen with company, laughter and stories. And bacon. A lot of bacon.

KPG. Does your university degree influence your writing of poetry and how?

BL. I never completed my degree. I am however grateful for the few years I spent at Simmons College where I met a very unique professor named Becky Thompson. Instead of teaching our freshman seminar class to write a research paper she assigned novels to us every week and we wrote aesthetic responses. I still don’t properly know how to write a foot note but without the works of E. Etherbert Miller and bell hooks I might have not gotten through that freshman year. That class was truly an inspiration to find out what my own voice sounded like in a chorus of many.

KPG. Is there any endeavor that you are passionate about outside of poetry? How does it enrich you?

BL. My passion is coffee. I love making beautiful lattes that people squeal and take pictures of when I bring them to their table, and making warm cups of something delicious for people to drink when they’ve had a long day. There is a certain magic about making the perfect cup of coffee that I love to share with almost everyone I meet.

KPG. Tell about one of your favorite poetry experiences.

BL. One night I went to an open mic night at a place called the Cantab in Cambridge, MA. I had a cast on my leg so a friend saved me the single seat available at in the middle of an isle. I fell into the lap of the person in the next seat over who turned out to be a friend I had lost touch with since high school. We spent the night reconnecting in between poems and continue to stay close. It was a magical moment all thanks to an amazing open mic.

KPG. Do you have a connection to the American Civil War? Relative who served? Visited a battlefield and have a story?

BL. No, unfortunately.

KPG. If you could wave a magic wand and place a poetry book into every high school english classroom as required reading, which one would it be and why?

BL. I would wave my wand and put a copy of How We Sleep On The Nights We Don’t Make Love by E. Ethelbert Miller. That book is still rocking my world every time I read it and I think it could have done me a lot of good in high school.

KPG. Where was your last selfie taken?  With anyone?

Bridget_Lindstrom_2BL. I was sitting on the counter of the coffee shop / wine bar I work in. It was about 1am and I was having a post shift glass of wine with coworkers. Its one of my favorite end of the night traditions, we take a moment to breathe and process our day and get to know each other better.

KPG. Recommend a poetry (or literary) website that you frequent.

BL. Winter Tangerine is one of my favorites!

KPG. What is your favorite National Park? Why?

BL. My favorite National Park is the Wichita National Wildlife Park. Once a friend and I drove through there and went to the highest point in the mountains. On the way down we realized we were hungry and the first place we came across was this tiny magical little town on the side of the mountain called Medicine Park. It was filled with adobe houses, music, art galleries, and bar-bq. Down the middle ran a lazy river filled with people relaxing and playing.

The woman in the gift shop told me that no one ever comes to Medicine Park on purpose, they just find themselves there.

A man at the BBQ restaurant I went to turned out to be from Boston, and when I asked him what brought him so far he simply told me that he saw a commercial that told him to be all he could be and the next thing he knew he was a bbq apprentice. 
Next year when I went back to visit he was the mayor of the town but still worked at the restaurant part time.

KPG. Please tell about a dream that you work toward achieving at this time.

BL. I want to be a barista champion. I put in over 9 hours a day, 6 days a week, studying steaming and pouring, and for a few hours before that I sit drinking coffee and reading about it. Every once in awhile I attend a latte art throw down after hours at a local cafe but I hope to someday compete in an official competition!

KPG. If there is a little known poet you think everyone should read, who is that poet and suggest one book of theirs we should purchase?

BL. I adore the work of Meggie Royer. I reread her book “Potions for Witches The Boys Couldn’t Burn,” almost monthly. Meggie writes in such a beautiful and hauntingly expressive way and her poems cover so many difficult topics.

KPG. If you could be present at any moment in history as a safe observer or unsafe participant, what event would you visit and why?

BL. I want to be there when they first discovered coffee. There are so many stories, one in particular I like that involved a young poet goat herder who found his goats had gone missing and found them dancing on the hillside after eating a peculiar cherry. He ate them and found himself dancing all the way home spouting poetry. I would have loved to know if this story is true.

KPG. What reoccurring themes or personal experience have you noticed in your poetry over the years?

BL. I’ve noticed my writing has a lot to do with love. I am an insufferable bleeding heart always in search to someone to adore, and sometimes things don’t work out, and when they don’t I write to make it feel better. I think a lot about a quote from Rudy Francisco when it comes to my writing, “I write best when I am either, falling in love, or falling apart.”

I’ve also always noticed the ocean finding its way into the things I write. I’ve always lived close to the sea and found inspiration in it.

KPG. Dark chocolate, milk chocolate, white chocolate, or some other sweet?

BL. I believe there is a right time for every chocolate. I can’t say no to an offer of milk chocolate mixed with peanut butter, and I think dark chocolate pairs best with coffee. Right now however I’m on a real chocolate mixed with matcha kick.

 

 

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