Gabriella Klein Interviewed in Santa Barbara Independent

Gabriella Klein Interviewed in Santa Barbara Independent

Gabriella Klein, winner of the 2015 Nightboat Poetry Prize for her first book of poetry, Land Sparing, interviewed in the Santa Barbara Independent this week. 

Can you tell me a little about the title of your book and how it might help readers orient themselves toward the poems?  Land Sparing is an agricultural practice that attempts to balance conservation with production. This system, in theory, accounts for the preservation of biodiversity as well as the directive to feed over seven billion people on the planet. One increases yield on the land in one place while sparing the land in another; it’s a necessary ecological compromise. Conceptually, we enact this in relationship, as well — to take from each other only what we truly need. Through this lens, one can read the book as a collection of love poems to the Earth — with all the sadness and longing that may imply. Linguistically, as well, it is my proclivity to be spare with language on the landscape of the page. I’m forever stripping my poems down.

Read More here.