Writer’s Meme

January posted this meme on her blog, and it’s been eons since I last participated in one. If you have a blog & feel up to it, consider yourself tagged, and let me know in the comments so I can stop by & read your answers.

1. What’s the last thing you wrote?
I finished a new poem earlier this week.

2. Is it any good?
Yes. But then I always think so. Until I don’t.

3. What’s the first thing you ever wrote that you still have?
I’m not a big saver — have to keep the archives pristine for posterity’s sake, you know. But I do keep all my contributor’s copies, even the early ones, which include poems I began writing at around 19.

4. Favorite genre of writing?
Poetry, natch. I also love poetry essays, poetry criticism, biographies of poets. And novels, too.

5. How often do you get writer’s block?
Writer’s block is a luxury I cannot afford.

6. How do you fix it?
If I sit down without an idea already in place, then I begin by reading. Reading other poems always stirs the pot.

7. Do you save everything you write?
Holy moses, no.

8. How do you feel about revision?
Essential.  Without revision, I’d never complete a first draft, which, the way I write, is actually more like the twentieth.
9. What’s your favorite thing that you’ve written?
Because I tend to write so little about my husband (I write such poor love poems!), my poem, “Conservationist,” first published in Cave Wall and included in my chapbook, Hunger All Inside, is especially meaningful to me.

10. What’s everyone else’s favorite thing that you’ve written?
The poems about my sons are always popular.
11. What writing projects are you working on right now?
My first full-length MS is circulating, and, dare I say it, the poem I wrote earlier this week feels like the start of a new manuscript.
12. What’s one genre you have never written, and probably never will?
Playwriting is a completely different skill, the envisioning of scene, set, & character. I lack that vision.

I wrote a short story in my early twenties, but it was crap.

13. Do you write for a living?

14. Quote something you’ve written, the first thing to pop into your mind.
“Your wings are swelled / to honeycomb, afflicted / sacs of marauding cells — ” beginning lines of my new poem, “Diagnosis: Stage IV.”

6 responses to “Writer’s Meme”

  1. I feel the exact same way about writer’s block. I enjoyed reading your answers. And the lines from your new poem are terrific.

  2. Blown away by those lines from the new poem! Don’t have time to play with this today, but I enjoyed reading your answers!

  3. It’s great to hear these things, Marie. Writer’s block also is a complete non-entity for me. I don’t have to write another original line with the ideas, scrap pieces of paper, poems that need revision, etc., lying around so I really can’t understand it. Completely bowled over w. the start of your newest poem also. I sometimes wish I blogged too, then I could do these things! What is a meme? Could I post this to my FB page and answer it on my Notes page?

  4. Loved reading your answers. I love that you consider writer’s block a luxury you can’t afford – that’s a great way to think about it.

    My answers are up at my blog: http://djvorreyer.wordpress.com

  5. Love love love the lines from the new poem.

    My answers are up at my blog.

  6. Sure, Lea, you can do exactly as you described if you don’t have a blog, the difference being that only FB friends can read/comment.

    And thanks for the encouraging comments, y’all, re: the lines from my new poem!

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