What do you find most difficult about writing poetry?
If I don’t have an idea, it’s getting started. Coming up with that idea out of what sometimes can feel like a void – or a distraction of the mundane that conspires against the kind of silence it takes, at least me, to be able to write. I have to be alone. Not physically alone in a room. I actually like to write in coffee shops, but I need headphones. I need music without words because I can’t have other people’s words in my head while I’m writing. I’m really focused – or maybe I am just easily distracted. But that’s my method. I like to be in physical proximity to people but buried in music and my ideas.
If I have the idea, the hardest part is coming up with a good first line. If I have a good first line and an idea, I am gold. I have a map to where I’m going. I know I’m going to get there. I just have to wait it out and listen to the voice because it’s happening.