December 25th, 2019
Last November Don Hogle and Liora Mondlak welcomed me into their homes for an interview for Issue No. 5 - Autumn 2018, which carries Hogle's poem, "Transmigration," as well as a poem from Mondlak, "Natural Resources."
After we moved from Hogle's place near Union Square and began the interview again at Mondlak's place in Harlem, I asked Liora what comfort feels like. In response she offered that "Comfort is making a home," and explained, "it feels like I can look around and see the story of my life."
An excerpt from the interview along with two photographs by Emily Fishman from Hogle's place, below.
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Photography by Emily Fishman
Liora: So this is comfort. Making a home, making my home.
Interviewers: What does that feel like?
Liora: It feels like I look around and I see the story of my life.
Interviewers: What you’ve been up to, the places that you’ve gone . . .
Liora: Yes. Just from different times in my life, and also my books.
Interviewers: It’s quite a collection.
Liora: I don’t even notice them anymore, except for when I moved, then I noticed. But they also represent parts of me ––– my art books; and my poetry collection. Things from different times in my life, and different places that I’ve been to, a bit like your place.
Don: Yes, exactly. I hadn’t thought about it that way, but it’s so true. Everything has a story, even ornaments on a Christmas tree. When I’m home, I can trace all of the bits of my life, just going through those ornaments on the tree.