Poets Online Talking About Coffee: Dorothy Chan

How much fruit do you add to your coffee?

A little blackberry goes a long way.

Take out coffee or sit in a coffee shop for hours writing and wheedling?

Sit in a coffee shop for HOURS. I work best in noisy spaces. I can write a poem in the middle of a party.

In Chinatown Dogs Carnival, you write about ‘coffee-brown bags sucking duck fat the way club girls chug drinks’. That kinda made me hungry.

It’s always good to be a little hungry when you’re writing and/or reading. It’s also nice to have a drink in front of you, but that’s such a writer cliché. Anyway, when I was a kid growing up in Allentown, Pennsylvania, I’d visit Chinatown (both Philly and NYC) a lot with my parents. We’d always be sure to bring some roasted duck home. I love roasted duck. A lot. Food and drink are such big inspirations in my writing. I mean, who doesn’t like to eat or drink??

Ah, should this be an interview about poets and hooch?

It really should be. We should all go out for a drink now, but I think an ocean is separating Team QMT.

If you managed a coffeshop, which two Bryan Adams songs would you play on repeat?

Uhhhhhhh. No. Drag queen music all day, every day.

How would you cope in the event of an attack by a FIFTY-FOOT CENTERFOLD?

Oh, I’d survive, and I think all my loved ones would too. I’d probably ask her for Godzilla’s number though.

Top ten emoji food combinations. Go.

Dorothy Chan is the author of Attack of the Fifty-Foot Centerfold (Spork Press, April 2018) and the chapbook Chinatown Sonnets (New Delta Review, 2017). She was a 2014 finalist for the Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowship, and her work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Academy of American Poets, The Common, Diode Poetry Journal, Quarterly West, Blackbird, and elsewhere. Chan is the Assistant Editor of The Southeast Review. Visit her website at dorothypoetry.com.

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