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A sequence works in a way a collection never can.
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Carousel, on the other hand, was a sequence of poems that was written over a concentrated period: three months.
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Even the people who have had success and made money writing these books of fiction seem to feel the need to pretend it's no big deal, or part of a natural progression from poetry to fiction, but often it's really just about the money, the perceived prestige.
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Humour is a fine line to walk in poetry, as in fiction. I just think it's harder to write. It's harder to keep the respect of the reader too.
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I am certainly suffering from a modicum of performance anxiety.
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I am still interested in the long or serial poem, but have written a few smaller things. I may start sending to journals again in a year or so... that's about it.
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I do try to let what is obviously unintended yet naturally good stay in.
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I don't think there's anything wrong with someone having to read a poem twice. Or even a book.
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I feel as though I've fooled the world into thinking I'm an adult and now they're letting me procreate.
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I guess I just write constantly and (I hope) consistently.
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I guess there is also an element of deliberate change involved. Each of my books has been, at least from my point of view, radically different from the last.
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I no longer feel pressure to produce fiction.
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I realized that the notes were the poems themselves. A sort of mental script that, when arranged into collage-like narratives, were telling a story.
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I refuse to compete with others now.
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I started writing The Hunter in April of 2001, just as CBL was coming out.
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I still write the occasional short story, and poked at a novel once, but it's just not what I want to do.
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I suppress the vast majority of what I write.
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I think that anyone who writes well, constantly, and consistently, will likely end up putting out a book every few years.
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I think the main influence has been living in New York City. Aside from all the crap around 9/11, I find it very demanding to think amid all the noise and visual pollution.
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I think there is some definite humour being written in Canada (some of it not intentional, though.) David McGimpsey comes to mind.
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I think, for me, humour needs to be used like a strong spice - sparingly.
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I wanted to rock back and forth between myth and distant futures, yesterday, today, and tomorrow. It felt a bit like prophecy and a bit like storytelling.
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I was writing notes, but not composing poems. The Hunter began to develop out of this fragmented process.
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I worked with Molly Peacock for CBL and she was very nurturing and encouraging.
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I'm not interested in being easy anymore. Readable, yes. Easy, no.
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I've often entertained paranoid suspicions about my fridge and what it's been doing to my poetry when I'm not looking, but I never even considered that my fan was thinking about me.
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In fact, in some ways, I actually feel much more confident about the quality of Carousel than I do about The Cottage Builder's Letter: probably because of its cohesive nature.
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In my opinion, Al Moritz may be the best poet of his generation in Canada.
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It goes on in creative writing programs too. The grooming and stroking of favoured disciples.
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It's a bit of a crapshoot out there with young writers right now anyway.
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Lately, I find senior poets like Geoffrey Hill, Richard Outram, John Ashberry, etc., to be intensely interesting and inspiring.
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My self-editing process is intense.
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New York was breaking my concentration and disintegrating my thoughts.
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Prizes seem like a great resource for new poets and writers to judge themselves against their peers, but of course, they aren't judging themselves.
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Richard Outram is a fascinating, powerful poet who writes farce like no other. He deserves a wider readership.
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The greatest thing about these contests, in my experience, is that they keep a lot of poor writing out of the overburdened journals' slush piles.
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The poetry community here has been extraordinarily welcoming.
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The whole competition thing disturbs me. Not that I wasn't a part of it when I first started.
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Then I discovered I loved writing poetry more than fiction.
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This isn't TV. It doesn't have to give itself up entirely on the first read. There should still be a variety of levels and multiplicity of meaning.
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Well, we all start thinking we're going to be Romantic rock stars, but then reality hits and you realize no one reads you but other poets.
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With Carousel I had an idea and it all came out quickly.
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