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In Conversation

Robert Gluck & K Patrick

‘Desire charges the landscape with physical upheaval. We become water, weather. And why not? Why describe a character by the hat she is wearing instead of her experience of orgasm?’

Robert Glück and K Patrick on writing desire.

Robert Gluck

Robert Glück is a poet, fiction writer, editor, and potter.  In the late 70’s, he and Bruce Boone founded New Narrative, a literary movement of self-reflexive storytelling that combines essay, lyric, and autobiography in one work.  Glück is the author of the story collections, Elements and Denny Smith; the novels, Jack the Modernist, Margery Kempe, and About Ed; and a volume of collected essays, Communal Nude.  His books of poetry include La Fontaine with Bruce Boone, ReaderIn Commemoration of the Visit with Kathleen Fraser, and I, Boombox.  He made a film, Aliengnosis, with Dean Smith; an artist book, Parables, with Jose Angel Toirac and Meira Marrero Díaz; and he prefaced Between Life and Death, a book of paintings by Frank Moore.  With Camille Roy, Mary Berger and Gail Scott, he edited the anthology Biting the Error: Writers Explore Narrative.  Glück was co-director of Small Press Traffic and associate editor at Lapis Press.  He served as director of The Poetry Center at San Francisco State University, where he is an emeritus professor.  Glück is a potter as well as a writer, and he has shown his ceramics in the USA and in Europe, most recently at Treize Galerie in Paris.  He lives in San Francisco.

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K Patrick

K Patrick is a poet and fiction writer based on the Isle of Lewis. In 2021 they were shortlisted for both the White Review Poet's Prize and Short Story Prize, and in 2020 they were runner-up in the Ivan Juritz Prize and the Laura Kinsella Fellowship. Their debut novel Mrs S is forthcoming from Fourth Estate in 2023.

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