Much too long ago, a very talented writer I know nodded at me in her response to this interview meme with the subtext that I should continue the movement. I was hesitant at first, but I started to feel that I was disrespecting this person who I held so much respect for by not participating in this blog tour, so here is my response to the meme:
What am I working on?
I am currently editing a series of haibun about the city in which I live and a girl that used to live here as well, which will be released by the press that I currently co-edit with two good friends of mine. So, it will essentially be another self-published chapbook of my poems, but I still hope people’ll like it.
How does my work differ from others of its genre?
Probably more repetition. Other than that, I think I like to rely more on repetition. Another thing is that I like repetition.
Why do I write what I do?
For a while I believed that everyone wrote—either poetry, prose, diary entries, Ocarina Of Time walkthroughs—and I would also write for no other reason than to write. It only has been more recently that I have thought about what I wish to achieve in my writing. Before another writer I knew moved away, we would occasionally have a few beers after Plan 99 readings and talk about what we were trying to do with our poetry. These talks with this writer sparked a recent awareness of the significance of confessional poetry, the significance of individual experience, and the significance of proclaiming this as a relevant form to mould one’s poetry. This isn’t to say that expression of the personal is my only influence; I believe that inspiration is as fluid as sexuality and musical tastes.
How does my writing process work?
I feel that I must apologize, but since this contribution to the blog tour is so late in the game I feel that it is excusable that many of my responses are similar to writers who have come before me. With that said, my writing process sounds very similar to the lovely and talented Marilyn Irwin's writing process: being a graduate student, I am frequently reading or attending lectures and when a word or phrase or idea comes to mind I usually tell myself to finish the chapter I'm reading or at least the page or wait until I get home to write it down. Unfortunately, this often means I forget the idea or phrase or word and start from scratch, but sometimes the poem comes out without a hitch. Sometimes the poem won't even let me wait until I finish the chapter or page or get out of the lecture, and on these occasions I think back to that Bukowski poem and think myself a damn fine poet. Unlike Bukowski, however, I edit things, bring them to friends and peers for criticism, and regularly hum-and-haw over words for days, months, years.
So, that’s that. I’ve linked to some very talented writers who I am proud to call my friends, so check out their blogs and their blog tours. For some other talented writers who have contributed to this blog tour, you should click on the following links:
As I have said that I’m very late to this game, I have chosen not to nominate any new blogs to continue the blog tour, but if you read this and decide to write about your writing process then please do let me know!
Thanks for reading!
P.S. If they have already done blog tour entries and I’ve missed them then I will feel very bad, but two very talented poets who you can follow here on Tumblr are Jenna Jarvis and Avonlea Fotheringham