How do you feel about solitary vs. collaborative writing?
I love solitary and collaborative writing at about the same level. Solitary writing is more my favorite though. I don't have to dependent on anyone else in solitary. I don't have to worry about anyone else not showing up. This is why I write alone in coffee shops around the city. I don't depend on someone else to be there.
What does the term “poetic process” mean to you?
The term poetic process is this ever changing cycle of editing a piece from start to finish. Poetic process is the slash and burn of the page, meaning the scribbles, notes on side the page, et cetera. My poetic process changed a ton in just the past five years. I used to be able to write whole rough drafts in one sitting. Now it takes weeks, months sometimes to finish one. This process changing says I evolved as a writer through the years.
Do you feel it still is (or ever has) been important to memorize poems?
I see poetry performances as a main character in a play sees his/her part. The script is a crutch, a Shakespearean teacher at First Stage recently said to me. My hands and voice are free to flow wherever they want when performing, because I have eternalized every word.
Do you ever get sick of poetry?
Do you have any advice to veterans of poetry?
My advice to veteran poets is to never stop exploring different realms of writing, so you can keep growing and growing. Don't categorize and don't be afraid to challenge yourself.
In your mind, are technology and poetry in bed together or still in an awkward flirting phase?
It's still really weird for me to see poets reading poems off their quantum devices is all I have to say.
Who are five poets, local and non local, dead or alive, that you admire?
1.) Diane Wakowski, beat poet
2.) Sarah Kay, a Japanese-Jewish contemporary poet from Manhattan, New York
3.) Edward Wingard, local poet and my little bro.
4.) Kwabena Nixon
5.) Billy Collins