How do you feel about solitary vs. collaborative writing?
I prefer writing alone. For me that's what writing is about, getting inside yourself. I've enjoyed some of the collaborative work of others, but wouldn't enter into a collaborative project myself, I don't think.
What does the term “poetic process” mean to you?
Idea => write. Not poetry, just write, rant, vent, scribble, then let it sit for a few days. When you revisit it, there may or may not be a poem in there somewhere. If there is, revise, let it sit again, revise again etc. until you think it's ready to unleash.
Do you feel it still is (or ever has) been important to memorize poems?
Poetry pre-dates writing, so yes, it has been important to memorize and I think it still should be. There's been a bit of resurgence of interest in memorization and I think that's a good thing.
Do you ever get sick of poetry?
That's like asking do you ever get sick of music. I may change the station once in a while, or put on a different disc, a different genre. Similarly, if I'm tired of a poetry book, I pick up a different one for a while.
Do you have any advice to veterans of poetry?
That would be presumptuous.
In your mind, are technology and poetry in bed together or still in an awkward flirting phase?
I think poetry is an innocent beauty being stalked by an internet predator. Poetry should run in the other direction. Run, run fast, and not look back.
Who are five poets, local and non local, dead or alive, that you admire?
Local: John Koethe, Freesia McKee, Tim Kloss, DeShawn Ewing, Peggy Rozga
Non-local: Marilyn Taylor, Bruce Dethlefsen, Cathryn Cofell, Karla Huston, Chuck Ryback
Dead: William Stafford, Denise Levertov, Yeats, Jim Harrison, Neruda