An Interview with Osa Svensson conducted by Marilyn Schotland
Bombus Press: Hello! Thank you for being a part of this issue and we’re really excited to feature your work in this issue.Your poetry investigates the relation of the bodyand the self and you primarily write choose to write in lowercase. How do these two things inform your work?
OS: A lot of the stuff I write about is very innocent, and I think about what I wanted to do when when I was younger was to be a writer. I wanted to bring in that childishness and the dream of the kid into my writing.
BP: Our theme for this issue is the idea of 'noise.' The way we defined is was the interaction of smaller, mundane things interacting with larger stuff. How do you see yourself as fitting into this microcosm?
OS: The first thing that come to mind is static. I would think about the way there always is some kind of background noise, ultimately whatever you are doing . It’s never kind of one thing or separate you’re listening to. There is always so many different things that influence it or are in the background. I think that a lot of what I write about isn’t very clear cut, it has a lot of things involved. Autosarcophagy, definitely has a lot more than one theme. Not only is this with the style, but also the memory i was choosing to write about has so many more things. kind of relating to what i wrote about in the beginning and you can see that through the poem. A kind of cacophony.
BP: What have you been listening to and reading recently?
OS: I recently finished Night Sky with Exit Wounds by Ocean Vuong and that whole book ruined my life. I’ve been listening a lot to Bon Iver, their new album "22, A Million." Also, the band Mothers and especially the song, “Too Small for Eyes”. I think it very much fits with autosarcophagy.
BP: What is the role of poetry in the current political landscape?
OS: The first thing that comes to mind is thinking about all the other moments in history where there have been moments of oppression, including fascist regimes, and people have written all these famous poems. I think that writing, in general, in times like these - I do not know if it is drawing attention to what is happening, or making sure that it will not be forgotten. Ultimately, no matter who it was who wrote it, no one can change the world with an essay or a poem. I would like to think that, but it is unrealistic. I think that it can be a reminder and some of the stuff I write can be thought about or discussed in a political sense.
BP: It’s interesting the way you mention how people respond to these things in times of crisis. I was recently introduced to W. H. Auden’s poem about the Jewish refugee crisis in the 30s. And maybe Walt Whitman and the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. Do you have any upcoming creative projects?
OS: I’m looking forward to my senior project! I’m going to Japan. I love traveling, I haven’t been to enough places in my opinion. I want to go see everything. I’m trying to learn Japanese right now. I think what I want to look at cultural differences through journal entries and perhaps poetry
BP: What do you like most about bees?
OS: Bumblebees are very non-agressive; they aren’t going to sting you unless they feel endangered or are going to die. Also, there is the community of the hive which is kind of like a monarchy, but everyone is doing something and even the queen is having baby bumblebees all the time. I really like that they help us with pollinating things and they help us live.