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Margaret Saigh


The author of "LET'S M AKE A BABY," "PSALM KEY," and "COMMUTE" in ISSUE 03 and her thoughts on drawing inspiration from her heart and environment, the line, and writing every day.

What are you reading these days? Do you love/hate/feel neutral about it, and why?


I'm rereading Jane Austen's novels. I'm just finished April by Sara Nicholson and just started Time's Power by Adrienne Rich. I'm also reading Mycophilia by Eugenia Bone and Maps of Time by David Christian.


Have you read a passage of writing that deeply shifts something inside you, if so, please share it with us? 


What is the current that makes machinery, that makes it crackle, what is the current that presents a long line and a necessary waist. What is this current.


What is the wind, what is it.


Where is the serene length, it is there and a dark place is not a dark place, only a white and red are black, only a yellow and green are blue, a pink is scarlet, a bow is every color. A line distinguishes it. A line just distinguishes it.

“A Long Dress” from Tender Buttons by Gertrude Stein

When you are working on a piece, what inspirations do you draw from?


I draw inspiration from my heart and from my environment--natural and built.

What craft elements are you most interested in/attached to within your writing?


I'm in love with the line. 


What are some ways in which you remain productive/find time to be a writer? 


I write in a journal every day. 

Margaret Saigh is a writer, dancer, and educator. She is the author of the chapbook CROSSED IN THE DARKER LIGHT OF TERROR (dancing girl press 2022), a graduate of the MFA program at the University of Pittsburgh, and the creator of circlet, a virtual poetry workshop. Her poems have been featured in Annulet Poetics Journal, The Champagne Room, and Exposition Review, and are forthcoming in Calyx Journal and A Velvet Giant, among others.

Social media: @circlet_poetry

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