Poet of the Month for May

Michele September 2013Four poems and a statement of poetics are up at Terri Witek’s Poet of the Month site.

How do poems happen?  These are some of the thoughts from my statement:

My poems rarely end up as they began.  Once the idea is present, then my brain tries to push forward to the idea’s truth and form.  This is hard to describe; it’s like the real poem is about twenty feet in front of me and I’m straining to see it.  I love the feeling of being in revision, but it can be interrupted, even for years.  For example, I began writing a poem when I was in my thirties, imagining the freedom of being post-menopausal.  It was a very long poem.  Fifteen years later (and post-menopausal!), it became a sonnet titled “At Last.”

“At Last,” by the way, was published in this issue of Per ContraI often perform it at readings because it has some sly puns that make the audience laugh.

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