How do you feel about solitary vs. collaborative writing?
It's amazing to observe how people respond to the same stimuli while writing in groups. Creating with another person in any capacity is a healthy challenge in seeing what you can come up with while having to consider other sensibilities. It's both restricting and enlightening. Sometimes when editing a poet's work, it starts to feel like personal because of the maddening scrutiny put into someone else's work. Ultimately, I prefer to write on my own.
lWhat does the term “poetic process” mean to you?
It's meant many things at different times. I used to only write when I had an emotion to express but then I learned that ideas are important too. I usually need a good long walk before writing or about a half bottle of wine. After that, I feel calm enough to write well. I rarely publish first drafts. Refining images and concepts until they feel completely ready is very important to me.
Do you feel it still is (or ever has) been important to memorize poems?
This boggles my mind because I used to write songs and knew every line top to bottom with room to ad-lib. Now I don't even know what a person is talking about when they quote something I've written. I have insane respect for spoken word poets because when they free themselves from holding the paper, it becomes easier to make the whole body part of the performance. I used to shy from reading altogether because poetry seems personal even when it's not, so holding a manuscript is a necessary barrier between the work and my delivery to the audience.
Do you ever get sick of poetry?
No. Just poets.
Do you have any advice to veterans of poetry?
Stop putting out books and let the kids have their turn!
In your mind, are technology and poetry in bed together or still in an awkward flirting phase?
They have to be. Poetry describes worlds that exist or might exist.
Who are five poets, local and non local, dead or alive, that you admire?
I will always love Plath and W.C. Williams. There is a ton of talent in Milwaukee but two that I really admire are Anja Notanja Sieger and Franklin K.R. Cline. On the non-local but grew up here level, Matthea Harvey kills me.