“I believe the way we most fully integrate ourselves with the world, is through our senses. When I teach creative writing classes, I love it when I get a five-day class, so that each day I give them an exercise based on one of the senses. I think the electronic world makes us out of touch with our embodied selves. For me, nature is a huge source. I want to be outside. I want to turn to it. I want to be observing it as much as possible because that’s the source for everything.” Poet Barbara Crooker’s life and writing encompass harsh losses and radiant gifts. In this in-depth interview interspersed with a selection of her luminous poetry, she shares reflections on grief, parenting, nature, the writing life and much more.