Interlitq: Would you go as far as to say that your poems are verbal sculptures? Have you given up sculpture altogether?
PP: I have given up sculpture. But I still feel that I’m making sculptures in my poems, with words. I like to make my poems as physical as possible, and the form of the image is crucial to me. I see my poems as objects and installations and the book as an exhibition in a gallery, except… that it’s portable! Which is a wonderful idea, that you can carry an exhibition around and store it in a bookshelf! In Mama Amazonica many of the sculptures are tiny, contained in two to ten lines, so you could pick them up if they were made of materials, but there are a fair number of much longer poems, that could be thought of as installations. The title poem feels like an installation to me, or a video film.