21st Century Man
by Brianna Pike

Do I like being famous?
It’s sort of inconsequential.
I fear I’m initially quite private.
To be honest about my boundaries
encourages intimacy and intimacy
is really where it’s at. You don’t
get there if you’re pretending to be
anyone else. Why would you do that?

To answer the question: Is it enough?

SOURCE: “Tom Hiddleston: A god Among men?” Elle UK (March 2014).

NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR: A particular area of interest for me as a poet is the push and pull of the private vs. the public self. I think this is especially interesting when it comes to actors because they are constantly stepping into different lives as the characters they inhabit and then they must take those lives into the public sphere. To me, the underlying current in this interview with Tom Hiddleston is the tension of finding balance while living in the public eye.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Brianna Pike earned her MFA from Murray State University’s Low Residency program. Her poems have appeared in Rust + Moth, Mojave River Review, New Plains Review, and Hamilton Stone Review among other publications. She currently lives in Indianapolis, where she is teaches creative writing at Ivy Tech Community College.