DeWitt Brinson: What's the wasted year of your life?

Emily Toder: It never felt like an entire year, but certainly some art projects.

DB: What is the absence of things?

ET: The machine the Shark.

DB: Who do you hate reading?

ET: Unauthorized muppet biographies.

DB: What's the trashiest thing you've ever done?

ET: Lose 2 sets of keys to the ocean while dating 3 guys.

DB: When was the last time you saw something beautiful?

ET: Barges on the bridge.

DB: Think of someone. Now trash talk them.

ET: I love my best friend, but shit the guy broke my Sodastream.

DB: How do you want to use your poetry?

ET: That great friend I mentioned taped a poem of mine to his door. You couldn’t tell it was a poem anymore because of a printer snafu. It just looked like charcoal, ie a shadow. It’s still on the door, like right now!

DB: When's the last time you were wasted?

ET: Studying real hard for the LSATs just by watching Law & Order.

DB: When's the last time you couldn't breathe?

ET: The last time I “couldn’t breathe” I couldn’t breathe because I was nervous, but really, I was breathing. The last time I was really not breathing I was only testing myself; not diving, bathing, not breathing.


DB: Now rant until your heart tells you to stop.

ET: I love everybody…. Bu-bump.



interviewed by the tender, young, virile writer

DeWitt Brinson

.... is the author of Science (Coconut Books, 2012) and the chapbooks No Land (Brave Men Press, 2013), Brushes With (Tarpaulin Sky, 2010), and I Hear a Boat (Duets, 2010). Her second collection, Backfire, is due out from Coconut in 2014. A graduate of the MFA Program at UMass Amherst, she also holds degrees in Literary Translation and Library Science. She lives in Brooklyn.