As the EV Program comes to a close, I strangely find myself stuck or blocked in my writing (hence, the sparse and infrequent blog entries). I think back to times when I could write HELLA poems in a day. That time was like, last month. Maybe I need a fallow season?
I’m not sure what it is exactly. Traveling, graduation season, family stuff, job hunting, maybe. I guess I’m being so distracted by LIFE. The writing’s been hard.
Last night, we met with Michael Datcher, author of Raising Fences, and he spoke a lot about creating writing rituals around the process. He said, it’s like going to the gym; once you get started, it’s hard, but your body gets used to it and knows. This man wakes up at 4:30 AM, meditates, writes for two hours, then writes again for another half hour in the afternoon, and then again at night. I can do this too, right? This made me think about my schedule, which has just very recently changed, but mostly about my frantic attitude towards getting a new job. Searching on Craigslist for the newest posting has replaced my writing time. This will stop now.
When I asked Michael about his advice on getting close readers for works-in-progress, he suggested reading the poem to a mentor or friend aloud (while they read along), and check for the emotional response. I’ve been feeling a bit emotionally distant with some poems from Ascela’s persona, and I think my next goal, for the next poem is to get a physical/emotional response (which I’ve gotten from the Anthro and Leticia) from an Ascela poem.
Another goal of mine: steal more from other poets’ and writers’ work!