How did you first engage with poetry?
My first recollection of poetry was during the 2nd grade. It is a bit hazy, but I know it involved reading “The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feeling Groovy)” by Simon and Garfunkel, as a poem, and a completely botched job at reciting “Daffodils” from memory. I hated it then. Fast forward 13 or so years and then you have me in my first poetry class, as an undergrad English major. I wrote a haiku and was immediately hooked. Still love them to this day. Ever since that time a part of me always wanted to be a poet and concentrate life into distillate moments.