Apr 132018
 

I would like to go to a fine Thai restaurant with Ralph Waldo Emerson. Then after our stomachs are satiated, discuss the deeper things of life over coffee. Or maybe share a picnic and balloon ride with Emily Dickinson.”

What was the inspiration behind what you’ll be reading at Waterline?

First off, I am always inspired by reading poetry. It’s important for my growth as a poet that I do. My inspiration comes from open observation of the everyday, reflection on emotions and an active imagination. I’m always mulling over my experiences I have had or am having. I’m a romantic at heart and always trying to impress the muse. I’ve been enchanted with the work of a painter friend of mine. My life is enriched contemplating other artistic media and disciplines. Music. Painting. Theater etc.

What are you working on now?

I have been writing and gathering new poems for my next book, “A Tattered Square of Joy.” I’m excited with anticipation to be sharing new work with an audience, the fresh poems I’ve created this winter. Often, I get the urge to dabble in the prose discipline, to tangle with sentences and paragraphs. Therefore, when I’m not working on free verse poetry, my brain wanders to prose poems (flash fiction). I’m enjoying visiting that different place in my mind.

What was the last great thing you read by another author?

Lately, I have been entranced with the poetry of Federico Garcia Lorca. His clarity and precision of vocabulary impresses me. He has a way of making it look simple but I’m certain it is accredited to his aptitude and practice of craft. His poetry is well polished yet doesn’t sacrifice emotion. Like other Latin poets and writers his meanings are ensconced in a gentle surrealism. Specifically, I’ve been spending time in his collection, “A Season in Granada.”

You’re organizing a literary dinner party. Which writer, dead or alive, do you invite?

I would like to go to a fine Thai restaurant with Ralph Waldo Emerson. Then after our stomachs are satiated, discuss the deeper things of life over coffee.  Or maybe share a picnic and balloon ride with Emily Dickinson.

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