“Rather than wait for the perfect writing time—it never seems to arrive anymore—I force work out onto the page each day.”
I am not by temperament an every day writer, but of late I have been writing each day and it’s been an interesting process. I have only minutes to write sometimes but make the best of them, then accumulate the work of a month or two and print everything out, sit with it, start to scratch out revisions, and go from there.
That’s how I’ve been working of late. It’s new to me, exhilarating, and productive. Rather than wait for the perfect writing time—it never seems to arrive anymore—I force work out onto the page each day. Then find time at some point to really hunker in with it.
What are your favorite craft books and essays?
–Poets Work, Poets Play edited by Daniel Tobin and Pimone Triplett
–Poets Teaching Poets edited by Gregory Orr and Ellen Bryan Voigt
–The Art of the Poetic Line by James Longenbach
–In the Blue Pharmacy by Marianne Boruch
Whose poetry do you return to over the years, or lately?
I return often to my generation’s poetry grandparents—Lowell, Roethke, Bishop, Berryman—and also read as much new poetry as possible by my generation’s children. Of course, I read my contemporaries. But I draw my inspiration, mostly, from those who came before me.
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