Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Writer: Robin Becker


Photo from Poetry Foundation.

What is your go-to pen(cil)? Did not resonate

Most beautiful word in all the world: Did not resonate

Alter ego: My alter ego is a dog. I choose a dog because a dog communicates without words, loves deeply, and does not know that he/she will die.

What’s for dinner? My recent cooking includes summer’s fresh tomatoes and basil combined with mozzarella to make a great salad. I’m also enjoying sautéing garden-fresh Swiss chard in garlic,  red onion., and spicy pork sausage.

What’re you reading? I’m currently reading all of Kent Haruf’s novels.  At the moment, I’m in the middle of Benediction.

Who is your most-recent writer crush? Did not resonate

Song lyrics stuck in your head, go: Did not resonate

You’re a new edition to the Crayola box. Congratulations. What is your new name? Did not resonate

What are you putting off? I’m procrastinating about writing a marketing letter about my new book of poems due out in February of 2018.

What was the last gift you gave someone? The last gift I gave someone was a J. Crew red -and-white check shirt I found on eBay.

What were you like as a college or graduate student? I was an eager-beaver grad student, trying hard to “catch on” to new concepts and gain new skills. I lacked a strong background in prosody and knew I needed to acquire one.

Here’s your free ticket. Where are we going? With a free ticket, I would go to Vienna and attend many concerts.

Optional doodle. Opted out.


Poet Robin Becker was born in Philadelphia and earned a BA and MA at Boston University. She taught for many years at the MIT before returning to Pennsylvania in 1994, where she was a Liberal Arts Research Professor of English and Women’s Studies at Penn State. She recently retired and has a book forthcoming in spring 2018.


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