Swimmers Club

9th November 2016


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Courtesy of Jonathan

Municipal Pool

Check which is the shallow end and note the point where you will be out of your depth.


Who: Jonathan Aprea
Where: Syracuse, NY, USA
What: Writer

Hi. Who are you?

I’m Jonathan. I write poetry and I live in Syracuse, NY. 

Where are you from?

I grew up south of Boston, Massachusetts. 

What time is it where you are? What's going on?

It’s around noon. I’m in this sort of university food court holding office hours. I remind my students about office hours every week but they almost never come. In the class I’m teaching we’re reading the poet Matthew Olzmann this week. Also it’s Halloween. 

Can you tell us a bit about your piece/pieces in Cassette 89?

These are poems from a project about James Dyson, the industrial designer and inventor of the dual cyclone bagless vacuum cleaner. Some of these poems have been scored by the composer David Bird, and have been performed by a new music chamber group called Loadbang. 

How does it differ to what you've written before or doesn't it?

This is the first project I’ve worked on where I’ve tried to construct a portrait of somebody / somebody’s life through poems. More often my poems tend to stand alone I think, and I try to make them do something in a very small space instead of a longer, more serial space. 

Can you tell us a bit about what you're working on next or will that jinx it?

I’m organizing a manuscript right now for a full-length collection. My Dyson poems might be part of it. I’m not so sure yet. 

Do you ever still listen to real audio cassette tapes like some kind of unreconstructed hipster of five years ago? Great question, huh? 

Ha, I don’t.

Can you swim?

I love to swim.


Jonathan is featured in the upcoming sampler Cassette 89 available from Dostoyevsky Wannabe