I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Thomas Whyte, who hosts a website entitled “Poetry Mini Interview: Very Short Interviews with Poets.” Below is the full interview, which was released in five parts over the course of December 2018. You can find the original interview on Whyte’s website.
How does a poem begin?
A poem begins in the body. Sometimes I wake up with a whole poem in my mouth and immediately spit it out. Sometimes it’s a stuck thing, and I yank at it for hours before it finally loosens. Sometimes I have to coax it, give it time and edit after edit. Regardless of how it leaves me, it begins as a bodily urge. It’s a moment that I need to snowglobe on a page.