Jim Goar was born in San Francisco and has lived in Tucson, Arizona; Changsha, China; Boulder, Colorado; Bangkok, Thailand; Seoul, South Korea; Norwich, England; and, whenever possible, Brevard, North Carolina. He received an MFA from Naropa University and is currently studying Jack Spicer's The Holy Grail at the University of East Anglia. In 2010, Reality Street brought out his first full-length collection, Seoul Bus Poems. Goar edits the journal past simple


Short Story Collections

The Louisiana Purchase
(Rose Metal Press, 2011)

reviewed by Loree Westron


Seoul Bus Poems
(reality Street, 2010)

Interview with Jim Goar

The Short Review: How long did it take you to write all the prose poems in your collection?

Jim Goar: It took about seven years to write The Louisiana Purchase. One section was written in Boulder, another in Bangkok, and another in Seoul.

TSR: Did you have a collection in mind when you were writing them?

JG: Yes, after the first few poems were written I knew it was a series.

TSR: How did you choose which prose poems to include and in what order?

JG: I was very lucky to have Pirooz Kalayeh around to help me with this. We put all the poems on the floor and then began to organize from there.

TSR: What does the word "story" mean to you?

JG: It is the way that things are remembered.

TSR: Do you have a reader in mind when you write?

JG: I am the first reader. If I like it, someone else might like it too.

TSR: Is there anything you'd like to ask someone who has read your collection, anything at all?

JG: Where did you read it?

TSR: How does it feel knowing that people are buying your book?

JG: Rose Metal Press invested good money in The Louisiana Purchase, so I am happy if people are buying. My primary concern, however, is that the book gets read.

TSR: What are you working on now?

JG:  I am finishing up a study of Jack Spicer’s The Holy Grail.

TSR: What are the three most recent short story collections you've read?

JG:  Adam Golaski’s Color Plates, The Complete Works of Isaac Babel, Bible
 
                     
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