- Where are you now?
Stretched to my full length in a sky-blue lounger, ankles crossed, next to a massive planter of wild flowers and greenery, my mobile to my right, water carafe to my left. On the Japanese-influenced sun deck of my apartment building. Chicago. This is often my favorite place to be relaxing. Away from the thick swatches of tourists on Michigan Avenue, not having to cut my way through meanderers on the sidewalk… I have always known my destinations; of course, one does not seek obstructions. There is no one else on the sun deck; it’s a cool day with rain threatening, so the lifeguard even is not at her post over the pool.
2) What are you working on and what have you got coming out?
After I finish my answers here, I am opening my document containing recent drafts of poems, to keep up the work of completing them, one by one. It’s no small task, but it’s the most romantic. Isn’t it what young writers (even old writers) dream? To be sitting down only to write, all deadlines behind her or far ahead? I have this luxury right now. So the document of new poems will slowly become a document of at least 30 finished pieces. I don’t reveal anything until the reveal that is publication. I’ve always been an introvert so that inside is everything until there is a deliberate choice forout. Anyway, all of these poems will be going to various journals that have knocked up my door and their editors who’ve waited beautifully, patiently, for me to ready my work. What will come out soonest will be work in Court Green and Equalizer 2.0. Sooner than that, however, I’ll be rehearsing for an appearance at The Poetry Foundation for the August 5th Rush Hour Concert Series, when I’ll take the stage with my graduate student (and very much his own presence as a poet and emerging voice) Andre Price and Quintet Attacca. I’ll also give a private workshop for Rhino in July where I’ll be presenting the notion of writing the body.
3) Where do you write?
I write from my home, everything there being a surface for the body. My grandfather’s Victorian rocking chair (circa 1901) was my first station of the day. Then the couch, which is an off-white beauty that everyone is afraid of spilling red white onto, tends to be my second stop for the day until I get serious and leave the apartment to wake myself somewhat. A location shift can be good for the mind.
4) What’s the last best thing you’ve read?
My latest reading material has included browsing the latest political mags for interesting language, Monica Youn’s Barter, and Myung Mi Kim’s Bounty. This is Monica Youn’s second book of poems and directly a favorite of mine. I have been renewing Kim and Youn’s books from the library since May, so there’s someone somewhere very aching for these and peeved with CM Burroughs. Delayed gratification, please!
5)What journals, writers, presses have you discovered lately?
I’ve honestly been taken up working on my writing and my own journals that I co-edit, Court Green and Tupelo Quarterly, so much that I’ve had no time to discover what’s new. Any suggestions? Anyone? Let me know via FB.
6) Care to share any distractions?
I enjoy shopping. Anywhere from REI (influenced by my father) to Nordstrom and Bloomingdales (influenced by my mother.) I enjoy the notice of beautiful things, and being among people without the requirement of interacting. At other times, I want to be active and take walks, or, better, grab my bike to go for a long ride on the lake shore path or make it a destination ride to the grocery, boutique, or cafe. I ride a single-speed Felt that rocks my world. Oh! I almost forgot the largest distraction of all— Television. My round of shows (are you ready?): Luther, Sherlock Holmes, South Park, American Dad, Family Guy, Law and Order SVU, 24, Louie, etc. Distractions and diversions galore!
7)What are you looking forward to?
I am looking forward to my next visit to Atlanta to see my family. Outside of that, I also have Furious Flower on my docket of travels and conferences. The conference happens every ten years, and I’m going to be in the spot! Columbia College Chicago also has a fly poetry reading series for this coming school year. In the house will be (and it does not get better than this!)
Sept 17 - Douglas Kearney and Ruth Ellen Kocher
Oct 8 - Lee Ann Roripaugh
Nov 19 - Adrian Matejka & Matthew Shenoda
February 18 - Matthew Burgess & Jeffrey Conway
March 4 - Craig Santos Perez & Joshua Young
March 19th - Gary Synder
April 23rd - Anthony McCann & Lisa Fishman
Forward I go!