‘Transitions’ is such an evocative theme, what compelled you to submit for this issue?
I saw the theme “transitions” and thought immediately of my poem “Age,” Which is about aging personally and the idea of “age” as a geologic or historical term, which implies transition or change. I like the idea of zooming into the self and then out to the larger universe. Making those kinds of connections is at the heart of poetry.
Do you have a routine for writing? If so, what is it and how has it evolved?
I write everyday in the morning and read in the afternoons. I get up and write until lunch, and then do life–exercise, errands, walk the dog, cooking–then I read until dinner, after which I am useless.
Do you find that CNF comes easy to you as a writer and/or what is challenging about it? For poets: What is most challenging and most rewarding about using real life in your poetry?
Real life is my only material. Even if a poem is archetypal or surreal, it is a reflection of real life. Even the mind on psilocybin is real life; anything experienced, mystical or mundane, is real life and worthy of living in a poem.
What is song is on repeat for you right now?
Stevie Wonder, “I’ll be Loving you Always.”