Molly Tenenbaum

Molly Tenenbaum is the author of five books of poems, including The Arborists, from MoonPath; Mytheria, from Two Sylvias; and The Cupboard Artist, from Floating Bridge. Her recordings of old-time Appalachian banjo are Instead of a Pony and Goose & Gander. She lives in Seattle, teaching music in the backyard and at Dusty Strings Music School.


How Long Have You Been Teaching Banjo?

I’ve traded lessons for my kitchen mixer gears / to be packed with new grease. / Since then, decades of birthday cakes. / Traded lessons for porch steps made wrong, / the all-wood support after one year / melting to grass. Trading time / for music. . . .