How do you feel about solitary vs. collaborative writing?
There are benefits to both! I tend to write better when I am prompted or given a challenge, so collaborative writing is very helpful when someone else presents an assignment of sorts or encourages me to explore a style that I might not have written in before. Solitary writing is best, in my opinion, for bursts of creative genius or inspired moments and also for the final polishing process, after a piece has been workshopped but before it is sent out to a larger audience.
What does the term “poetic process” mean to you?
Poetic process, to me, refers to the conception of an idea until the point that it becomes an actual poem, so the process can be a little bit different each time a piece is created. To me it is about taking a few words or maybe one line I have written and turning it into two, and then a rough draft, and then a draft that is ready to share, and then something that I would consider "finished." Sometimes, that last part is repeated many times. The whole process can take a few minutes up to a few months!
Do you feel it still is (or ever has) been important to memorize poems?
In performance it can be important, but in general it is more for fun to memorize, or can happen simply from reading something you love over and over again.
Do you ever get sick of poetry?
Only my own! Sometimes I will work on a piece and rewrite over and over and over again and it still isn't right, so at that point I have to put it aside and try again later.
Do you have any advice to veterans of poetry?
My advice to any poet is to write something every day. This is one that I still am not always on top of, but even if it is only a word or a line or an image or a quote, you will be surprised at the moments that you create that you did not think much of until a few days or weeks later when you read them again and create something with them.
In your mind, are technology and poetry in bed together or still in an awkward flirting phase?
I think that they are in bed but still getting to know what the other likes. Technology offers style and publication opportunities that we would not have been able to enjoy years ago, which is great, but we have a lot to learn about how to make them work to our advantage.
Who are five poets, local and non local, dead or alive, that you admire?
1. Susan Firer
2. Maurice Kilwein Guevara
3. Robert Creeley
4. Bethany Price
5. Frank O'Hara