How does a poem begin?
For me, poems (and writing in general) begins in reading. I find the poems of mine that I like the most are in response to other texts; those texts are not always poems but include essays, novels, short stories, newspaper articles, Facebook posts. I would attach to this fine art: paintings, sculpture, installations. Other people’s ideas and arguments are always the most stimulating for me and then I am trying to write in conversation with those exciting ideas, add something to what they are writing and acknowledge where my thoughts came from. I am always aware that my writing exists in dense networks of other writing and I try to utilize those networks as best I can.