Caroline Hagood CAROLINE HAGOOD’s first book of poetry, Lunatic Speaks, was published in 2012 by FutureCycle Press, and her second poetry book, Making Maxine’s Baby, an SPD Bestseller, came out in May 2015 from Hanging Loose Press. Her poetry and essays have also appeared, or are forthcoming, in The Kenyon Review, Drunken Boat, Hanging Loose, La Petite Zine, the Huffington Post, the Guardian, Salon, and the Economist. She is a Teaching Fellow and English PhD Candidate at Fordham University, where she has been the Graduate Assistant for the Poets Out Loud reading and book series and Graduate Editor of CURA, a multimedia literary magazine. She’s finishing a dissertation on how female poets revise the work of male filmmakers called Women Who Like to Watch: 20th Century American Cinepoetry. She co-founded the Kill Genre reading series, which showcases groundbreaking works that push the boundaries of form and flirt dangerously with hybridity, and she writes a monthly column for Drunken Boat called This Month in Mind-Bending, a monthly meditation on genre-bending works of literature, film, and new media. She has taught writing at St. Francis College and Fordham, and led the poetry workshops for Poets Out Loud’s High School Outreach Program for students from underserved communities in partnership with Girls Write Now.

Recent Work By Caroline Hagood

Whats the difference between poetry and other writing?

Poetry is writing minus the traffic lights, bridges, and boring parts.

Maxine doesn’t only love men’s bodies. She wants to grasp the logic
of their internal organs. She craves blueprints, circuit diagrams,

sewing patterns. First time she saw Frankenstein she wasn’t afraid.
She wanted to know how the mad doctor did it,

where to get dead people parts, which graves were best
for culling, whether a whole family of ladybugs

could live inside those zombie bellies.
When the high school guidance counselor

asked the inevitable career question, she told her
all she really cared about was weaving back and forth

between the inner and outer life of people, what you could see,
what you couldn’t, writing down what she found there,

taking ideas apart and putting them back together
to make them more ecstatic.