How do you feel about solitary vs. collaborative writing?
I grow and learn from every collaboration that I am involved in. I think playing music has helped me to see the transcendence that can come from interacting with other humans in an egoless way.
I do, also, write a lot of solitary words but even that I see as a sacred collaboration between myself and the surroundings I am in as well as the words and actions of others which I hold in my memory.
What does the term “poetic process” mean to you?
Well, I guess it means, for me, the process by which these sometimes wild ideas become thoughts that I am willing to put down for eternity. In my case, I tend to jot down sometimes cryptic phrases that ignite something in me and when it is going good, I do not have to force myself to meditate on it. Technical aspects of the process seem to dissipate and nothing in the universe matters besides being a vessel for what can seem like divinations. It is for those moments that I fight.
Do you feel it still is (or ever has) been important to memorize poems?
I wish that I was better at it but I take solace in the fact that many of the people that inspire me have not memorized all of their work.
Do you ever get sick of poetry?
I do not get sick of poetry. I get frustrated when I cannot be as creative as I would like to be but those are times when I listen to music and read other’s poems. I do not get sick of poetry.
Do you have any advice to veterans of poetry?
Advice is a weird thing to give but if my hand was forced, I would say try to be encouraging to anyone on their path, be they poets or not.
In your mind, are technology and poetry in bed together or still in an awkward flirting phase?
They are intimately intertwined but also have nothing to do with one another. I guess what I’m trying to hint at is that you can utilize technology for beautiful moments. The other day I asked my Facebook friends to give me ideas for poems and then I wrote them. It was a wonderful and heartening experience. Yet, you can also be a luddite and keep your poetical ideas for yourself as a personal resource. I’ve come to the understanding that it is the doing which matters most. If, technology is a part of that then great. If technology is not a part of that, then great.
Who are five poets, local and non local, dead or alive, that you admire?
- Dean Young- For his manic, wild and funny observations.
- Tim Kloss- For the seemingly effortless, flowing of his unique ideas.
- Terrance Hayes- For his gritty almost muscular tone.
- Tracy K. Smith- For the way she combines the personal with the universal.
- Walt Whitman- For the freedom that he makes move inside of me.