When you require renewal, is there a particular poem or book that you return to? A particular author?
There are three writers who have had the most influence on me: Donald Barthelme, Gary Lutz, and Diane Williams. It’s a combination of DB’s stories and characters, GL’s use of unconventional suffixes and complimentary words, and DW’s obscuring of the every day that have the most influence on my style. My copies of Sixty Stories, I Looked Alive, and Vicky Swanky Is a Beauty are in tatters.