How do you feel about solitary vs. collaborative writing?
I’ve changed! Most of my writing life has been not an inability but a refusal to write with or around others, probably (definitely) because of extreme anxiety. But I'm changing my approach to poetry lately and also being in the company of active artistic giants that I’m really lucky to call friends who invite and encourage me to participate and explore has been hugely influential. I’m unendingly grateful. I’ve found spaces I couldn’t have on my own.
What does the term “poetic process” mean to you?
Existing, snuggling into, interpreting through, experiencing as.
Do you feel it still is (or ever has) been important to memorize poems?
Memorization, speaking specifically for performance, has always been very important to me. It clears the way for a total inhabitance of sonics - addressing poetry as sculpture the literal words are perhaps the touchable and the sounds are perhaps the negative space. An opportunity to explore dimension. The ‘you gotta know it, to know it, to fuck with it’ thing.
Do you ever get sick of poetry?
It’s like the only thing I’ve never gotten sick of. I thank my pathetic dependence for that.
Do you have any advice to veterans of poetry?
I probably shouldn’t be trusted giving advice to anyone, but things I hold true to myself are :: revel in what is different/what you don’t understand/change is beautiful/perfection doesn't exist/learning never stops.
In your mind, are technology and poetry in bed together or still in an awkward flirting phase?
I think they’ve been in bed together for a while, they’re just awkward people.
Who are five poets, local and non local, dead or alive, that you admire?
Gertrude Stein, Feng Sun Chen, Anne Carson, Bob Kaufman, Roberto Harrison.