portion of the artwork for Neil de la Flor and Maureen Seaton's comments

Neil de la Flor and Maureen Seaton’s Comments

Seaton says: When language surprises me it makes me dizzy. Neil’s writing always surprises me, and I surprise myself a lot when we work together, too, so I am often dizzy, which is helpful and sometimes necessary when approaching the (oxy)moronically blissful state of poetic collaboration. We’ve been at it since 2004, Hurricane Frances, Miami, Florida. We “hunkered down” for three days and wrote our first piece together—composing and collaging. We like to entertain each other. We’re easily amused. Seriously dizzy.

de la Flor says: Nothing. Actually, I’m dizzy and ditzy before, during and after collaborating with Maureen. She brings out the weatherman and the small boat fisherman in me. To be honest, which means I’m lying, when I read our work it’s literally a mythological beast of an experience. I never know who I am. Identities shift. Fuse. Backflip. The “I” becomes the lowercase “i” and the world just seems bigger for it.

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FRiGG: A Magazine of Fiction and Poetry | Issue 29 | Summer 2010