Editor Daniel Young interviewed Sam van Zweden for Issue Eleven of Tincture Journal. Sam’s poem ‘Fountain’, reproduced below, is also available in the journal. Please support our work and buy a copy today!
by Sam van Zweden
The stranger things we wished with—
A single-serve Jäger bottle,
A final notice from the electricity company.
We threw them in hoping for better,
I flung tiny pieces,
almost unnoticed offerings
Hair tie. Fork.
Bowing before the idol of the fountain like a cross.
Like a violin, fruit tree, falling baby cradle.
Later, I tied myself to the sacrifice—
Hair dryer. Microwave—
went whole-body-in on my bargain
begging water, please.
I didn’t realise that all I wanted was to give myself up.
Under was enough.
Eternity with the debris of other people’s wishes.
Sam van Zweden, interviewed by Daniel Young
DY: Hi Sam. You keep yourself very busy, so I’m not sure where to start! Could you tell us a bit about your background and the writerly things you’re working on at the moment?
SvZ: Hi Dan, thanks for interviewing me!
I’m a writer and editor from Melbourne. I grew up on Phillip Island, which is a beachy tourist destination about two hours out of Melbourne. I came to Melbourne as soon as I finished high school, and pretty quickly got involved in the writing community here. I started out writing short fiction and spoken word, but while I was studying creative writing at RMIT I fell in love with creative non-fiction. This is what I write the most often now—creative non-fiction and poetry.