Hunger Mountain - Vermont College Journal of the arts

Visiting with Mishka Hoosen

by Claire Guyton

What inspired “Some Last Things To Arrange”?

The poem was inspired by some difficult emotions I was going through at the time. The poem became a kind of catharsis for me, allowing me to turn those devastating feelings into something I could consider worthwhile. I must have written it in about fifteen minutes, and at the end of it I had no idea of what I should change, except for a couple of line breaks. In a way this was good, because I got that fractured, wounded feeling across through the spontaneous expression of the emotions I was feeling.

What was the hardest thing to get right in this poem?

By far the hardest thing was keeping the “music” of the poem. I wanted to get the pauses and tone right, and because the poem is much more “prosey” than most of my other poems, this was particularly challenging.

What’s the sound track to “Some Last Things To Arrange”?

That’s a difficult question! So many songs and pieces of music went into writing this, but I think the one piece of music that plays in my mind whenever I read this poem is “Partida Del Leprosario” from the score of “The Motorcycle Diaries,” composed by Gustavo Santaolalla.

If you painted this poem, what colors would you use?

I’d probably use some deep reds and light browns, tan, a piercing blue… the colors that remind me of the desert.

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{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Shameela Gany September 22, 2010 at 7:50 pm

Way to go, Mishka!!!!!!!!!!

From Aunty Shameela and family, Connecticut


Sumaya Hoosen September 23, 2010 at 1:25 am

It has always been a priviledge to read your poetry, well done on having it published…Mishka’s writings are always packed with emotion and full of maturity beyond her age….

Again well done…


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