Abi­gail Zimmer’s first full-length col­lec­tion of poems, girls their tongues , came out with Orange Mon­key Pub­lish­ing ear­li­er this year. Reviews have been glow­ing. Chica­go artist and writer Jill Magi notes the book’s remark­able pac­ing: “the work defies the assump­tion that poet­ry should slow things down.” That speed is felt with poems that tra­verse the page, engage with nar­ra­tive, work with humor, and move through excit­ing rep­e­ti­tions. Zim­mer is also the author of chap­books fear­less as I seam and child in a win­ter house bright­en­ing , which won the Chica­go Review of Books ’ 2016 Poet­ry Award . I recent­ly spoke with Zim­mer via email about her “action-packed” approach to poet­ry. Sarah Blake: I often feel like poet­ry lives in the head, the mouth, and the ear, but this book is so root­ed in action. It even has a mild obses­sion with infini­tives, with lines like, “to pluck to sound to dig,” which ties into that action for me. I love it. What draws you to action for your work? Abi­gail Zim­mer: Prob­a­bly the fact that I can’t sit still when I write! Even now, I’m in and out of my chair, water­ing the plants and rais­ing the blinds […]