KC Trommer speaks to managing editor Emily Everett about her poem “The Couple,” which appears in The Common’s fall issue. In this conversation, Trommer discusses writing about artwork she finds compelling and sometimes disturbing, like the Louise Bourgeois sculpture explored in this poem. She also discusses her Queens-centered poetry project QUEENSBOUND, her work as a visual artist, and her experience living a block and a half from Elmhurst Hospital in Jackson Heights, the epicenter of the early pandemic.
Inside the bounded mercury, we keep going. All circuits that close make serpents of us, constrict and envelop every tender corner until only a small portion is distinct, our feet dangling like the end of a
sentence. We suspend ourselves in a room full of light but take none in.