Friend and fellow Ottawa poet, Amanda Earl tagged me to participate in this blog tour, and I am always glad to do so! Amanda’s contribution from Mar. 17 is located at The Literary Blog of Amanda Earl. http://amandaearl.blogspot.ca/
There are four questions posed that I am to answer:
1) What am I working on?
Right now I am working on a chapbook of triptych poems that link three ideas of images in some way. I am also gearing up with the Oulipost project for April. And I have a longer term project of genealogical/family history based poems with a view to having a full collection.
2) How does my work differ from others of its genre?
In the same way that each poet’s work is diiferent: the unique set of experiences and knowledge as well as our own curiosity. And in what might drive us to seek answers about why things are the way they are.
3) Why do I write what I do?
Sooner or later something in me is triggered and I must write. Compulsion, perhaps. But the what depends on what has taken my fancy, stirred that curiosity this time.
4) How does your writing process work?
When the words come effortlessly, it usually begins with a phrase that sticks in my head like a line from a song might.
Other times, I write from prompts, which is why I love to participate in NaPoWriMo through several different challenges.
Next week: Look for the blogs of Barbara Crary and Barb Huntington
Barbara Crary left behind her former life as a school psychologist to become a part-time poet and full-time nana, among other things. She is now hooked on poetry, lifelong learning, and her grandchildren, not necessarily in that order. Her blog is at http://smallstart2014.wordpress.com/
Barbara Huntington was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Her grandmother left Pennsylvania in the early 1900’s at the age of 16, married a railroad man who was considerably older, and was widowed early with two small daughters. Barb’s mother grew up loving New Mexico and, although she is a Californian, Barb continues to have New Mexico in her blood. Barb’s father was an investigative reporter, the first civil rights editor on a major newspaper, and was head of public relations at Rand when the Ellsberg papers broke. Barbara has taught almost all the grades between kindergarten and college, has a BS in Zoology from San Diego State University (SDSU) and an MBA from UCLA, ran Huntington Computing with her late husband, Fred, in the 80’s, has 4 children and 7 grandchildren, was a technical writer for Hughes Aircraft and a market analyst for Carter, Hawley, Hale Department Stores, ran the mentor program for the California Academy of Math and Science at Cal State Dominguez Hills and the McNair Scholars Program at SDSU. She recently retired from the Directorship of the Preprofessional Health Advising Office at SDSU after 17 years. She writes poetry, memoir, children’s books, and is writing a book about her students who overcame tremendous odds to become wonderful healers. She has a new puppy and is looking forward to writing and traveling in her retirement. Barb will be blogging at http://barbarapoetry.wordpress.com/