[SOPHIA LE FRAGA INTERVIEW]
“Brooklyn based Sophia Le Fraga studied Linguistics and Poetry at New York University. Her poetry has appeared in Lambda Literary Review's Poetry Spotlight,The Broome Street Review, and Lemon Hound, among other publications. Her work has been exhibited at the Brooklyn Museum and the Corcoran Gallery, and in 2011, Le Fraga’s Whitman erasure Song of Me and Myself was shown throughout Berlin. Her chapbook I DON’T WANT ANYTHING TO DO WITH THE INTERNET (Keep This Bag Away From Children, 2012) was exhibited in Valle Ortí’s “Online/Offline: Encoding Everyday Life” show in Valencia, Spain. Her book, I RL, YOU RL is forthcoming from Minutes BOOKS.”
MATTHEW SHERLING: Hi who are you?
SOPHIA LE FRAGA: Pretty much just “some” “chick”. My friends call me Soph sometimes SLF.
MS: How would you describe your approach to writing?
SLF: I like to collect words and phrases and jumble them together.
MS: Can you say a bit about your process of creating I DON’T WANT ANYTHING TO DO WITH THE INTERNET.
SLF: One day I was feeling really cyber-manic and decided I’d write a poem for anyone who wanted one. I posted a thing on Facebook and Twitter, and Lambda Literary posted one too. Then according to the medium people used to ask for them (e.g. on fb, twitter, by email) I took their words & posts & wrote them poems. Those poems make up I DON’T WANT ANYTHING TO DO WITH THE INTERNET.
MS: I saw your ‘shoutout’ to Hugo Ball. Do the Dadaists / Surrealists inspire you?
SLF: More like Hugo Ball-er. In the words of Jodorowsky: “to make the tortilla, you have to break the eggs.”
MS: Who is your favorite rapper & why?
SLF: I mean the word “favorite” makes me really nervous because it makes me feel like I can’t properly acknowledge my appreciation for people like Biggie & Tupac & then all of hyphy & etc. But my favorite is probably Jay-z, because he’s married to Beyonce.
MS: What’s the first album you remember buying?
SLF: Ricky Martin’s self-titled album is the first I remember physically purchasing. At Sam Goody. But a month before, for Christmas, I got Abba Gold: Greatest Hits and listened to that pretty much twenty four.
MS: How would you describe your relationship to the internet?
SLF: I don’t want anything to do with it.
MS: You told me that you love the phrase ‘cutty spot’ - tell us why you love it.
SLF: Well i’m all about posting it in spots. Especially cutty ones. I usually call those cuts. But the fact you called it a cutty spot makes everything much more interesting. This is why I love that phrase.
MS: What’s your worldview in one sentence?
SLF: There are asters and there are disasters. That’s my worldview.
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