Bill Yarrow is a Professor of English at Joliet Junior College where he teaches creative writing, Shakespeare, and Introduction to Film. He is the author of five full-length volumes of poetry (ACCELERANT from Nixes Mate Books, AGAINST PROMPTS from Lit Fest Press, THE VIG OF LOVE for Glass Lyre Press, BLASPHEMER from Lit Fest Press and POINTED SENTENCES from BlazeVOX) as well as five chapbooks. His poems have appeared widely in national and international journals including PANK, Gargoyle, FRiGG, Diagram, Contrary, THRUSH, Poetry International, RHINO, Magma, Staxtes, and Levure Littéraire. His work also appears in the anthologies Aeolian Harp, Volume One; This is Poetry: Volume Two; and Beginnings: How 14 Poets Got Their Start. He is an editor of the online journal Blue Fifth Review and has been nominated eight times for a Pushcart Prize.

Eckleburg: What captures your interest most in your work, now, as a reader of your work?

BillYarrow: Precision. 

Eckleburg: What are you working on now?

BillYarrow: A volume of New and Selected Poems. 

Eckleburg: Who and what are your artistic influences?

BillYarrow: Books: The Castle of Perseverance, Petrarch’s Secretum, Truth is More Sacred by Edward Dahlberg and Herbert Read, A Private Correspondence by Henry Miller and Lawrence Durrell, Melincourt by Thomas Love Peacock, Opium: The Diary of a Cure by Jean Cocteau, “The Marriage of Heaven and Hell” by William Blake, I Am Not Ashamed by Barbara Payton, Project for a Revolution in New York by Alain Robbe-Grillet, Life of Johnson by James Boswell, Paris Spleen by Charles Baudelaire, The Letters of Gustave Flaubert, Paul Gaugain’s Intimate Journal, Life and Death of Mr. Badman by John Bunyan, Max Havelaar by Multatuli, Jacques the Fatalist by Denis Diderot, Lectures on Rhetoric and Belles Lettres by Hugh Blair, Life of William Blake by Alexander Gilchrist, Mercier and Camier by Samuel Beckett, The Innerworld of the Outerworld of the Innerworld by Peter Handke, Waste Books by G. C. Lichtenberg, A Girl Named Zippy by Haven Kimmel, Animals in Translation by Temple Grandin, The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell, Niebla by Miguel de Unamuno, Spring’s Awakening by Frank Wedekind, Bouvard and Pecuchet by Gustave Flaubert, Richard II by Shakespeare.

Artists: Everyone.

Movies: Too many to list.

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