When you write a poem, do you plan it out ahead of time, or do you just find your inspiration and ride it like a mechanical bull until it throws you off?
We were talking about inspiration today, and how we get there, and I realized that my habits have changed a bit. I used to have to drink red wine and listen to classic rock for a while, and then the muse struck me. Once it did, I had no idea where the poem was going. Often it went places that were inexplicable (and not always in a good way).
Now I tend to go into a poem with 3-5 things I want to accomplish. I'm not sure about the execution, but I know that there will be a Dalmatian, salami, some kind of firearm, a belt buckle, and a pair of fishnets. It's like a game. Find room for all of these things. I ask friends to give me items to work into a poem, and then I get on it. I still end up surprising myself, thankfully.
I've never written a poem that I plotted out ahead of time. How does that work?
In honor of the golden ripe bananas above, here are some tidbits.
The second issue of Weave has a fine lineup. You can even read some of the poems as a preview.
I talk about my idea of heaven in this interview with 32 Poems.
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PS--Those bananas are not golden or ripe.