Louise Mather is a writer from Northern England and founding editor of Acropolis Journal. Nominated Best of the Net 2021, and a finalist in the Streetcake Writing Prize, her work is published or forthcoming in magazines such as Crow & Cross Keys, Green Ink Poetry, Nymphs, Feral and Dust Poetry Magazine. She writes about ancestry, endometriosis, fatigue and mental health. Twitter and Website. You can find Louise’s piece ‘Waves’ in Issue 4 ‘Transitions’ which you can buy now here
‘Transitions’ is such an evocative theme, what compelled you to submit for this issue?
‘Transitions’ is an interesting theme to explore, both within nature and human existence, I thought my poem “Waves” may fit well because it was inspired by my experience of giving birth and becoming a mother, such an emotionally charged life-changing event – each small part of this felt like a transition, and as the last phase of labour is known as transition, it felt perfect for the theme.
Do you have a routine for writing? If so, what is it and how has it evolved?
I like to read a little or sometimes find listening to music or being outdoors leads to inspiration. I tend to write notes, then if I haven’t got time to write them into a piece, I know they are there for later. This is often an outpouring of emotion, or fragmented images/dream-like sequences that can begin a poem. When I was younger I had a notebook and used to write more often by hand, but now it tends to be on my phone and editing on a computer. I’d love to get a typewriter.
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?
I’ve always drawn on emotion and real life in much of my writing, especially poetry, I like the surreal quality a poem can take on, the whole process can feel cathartic and also just bring about moments of calm. I think sometimes the challenge can be knowing if this will connect with a reader, whether the idea has become too abstract – so if somebody does connect with it, that’s a really lovely feeling. Some pieces feel important to write, but there’s a vulnerability to this, I sometimes find they can merge into autofiction, a few I choose to remain unpublished.
What is song is on repeat for you right now?
Warpaint – “Stars” is a song I love and reminds me of when my son was small and I wrote “Waves”.