MALLORY PEARSON IN CONVERSATION
Mallory Pearson is a 20-year-old artist and poet currently living in Brooklyn, NY. She is studying painting but has always found writing to be an integral part of her work. She has a great interest in spirituality, sexuality, and femininity, and spends most of her time dreaming up ways to express her love for the natural world.
WHAT INSPIRED ONE OF YOUR POEMS?
HOW TO TIME TRAVEL was inspired by a summer romance and my wish to go back to the parts of it that made me happiest. I was finally out to my parents and I spent my time with a group of friends that supported and loved me. I think I became more in touch with the natural world than I had ever felt, and more trusting of myself to be who I desired to be. The smallest moments played into the writing of HOW TO TIME TRAVEL, but those were what mattered the most to me, like the windows down in the car as we sped down an empty highway. It was the time I felt freest and most comfortable with my sexuality and the poem recalls those moments of freedom.
TELL US AN OBSCURE THING YOU FIND INTERESTING ABOUT THE WORLD?
My favorite thing about the world is its energy; I spend most of my time considering how energy remains after something is gone. My favorite thing is the way people tend to abandon things that grow worn and how the object gains a personality afterwards. I grew up in a rural area where almost half of the homes are abandoned, and each one feels alive with thoughts and feelings even when its almost completely deteriorated.
WHAT ODD, FUNNY OR INTERESTING FACT CAN YOU SHARE ABOUT YOUR WRITING HABITS OR PROCESS?
My writing process is very spontaneous and usually inspired by a song I’m listening to or an intrusive thought. I tend to write my poems very quickly as soon as they come into my head by typing them into the notes of my phone. I like to push myself to write as fast as I possibly can so I don’t get caught up in trying to make something perfect; I prefer my writing to feel like an intense stream of consciousness. I am also a painter so I enjoy writing out an idea for a painting as a poem to get the imagery just right in my head.
HOW MUCH RESEARCH DO YOU DO WHEN WRITING?
I like to think of research as an organic process; instead of looking something up to see if I could find a more creative synonym, I like to use research as an experience that pushes me to be better subconsciously. To me, research is taking the subway and refusing to put my headphones in just to focus on the sound of the train doors or listen to the quiet lull of conversations, or walking to the park and pulling uneven blades of grass from the ground to concentrate on the feeling of pulling it apart in my hands. Research is such an open and important part of everyday life, so I think it’s completely necessary for my writing.
LASTLY, WHAT COMES TO MIND WHEN YOU THINK KINGDOMS IN THE WILD?
Kingdoms in the Wild suggests to me the possibility for anything untamed to become a regal place of worship; to me, the tangled growth at the opening of a forest is a kingdom, and so is a mess of vines growing up the side of a brick building. It alludes to a kingdom waiting to be touched by a person equally as wild, one who understands the way wild things can be fragile and unconquerable all at once.
ABOUT IN CONVERSATION
What makes a writer write? what resides behind the impulse to create a work of art? We have always been interested in these questions here at KITW. Incredibly, we’ve received such varied responses to the same four questions from each of our published writers, that we thought we’d share.
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CREDITS: in this issue
Author: Mallory Pearson
Editor: L. Naisula & Lydia S
Original Photograph: Horner, Casey
Design: Shompole, N.L.