Enjoy reading this interview with featured poet, Ethel Rackin. LF: When did you become interested in writing poetry? ER: I started writing poetry when I was very young, and became more dedicated in my early teens.
LF: What are some of your favorite creative influences? ER: Emily Dickinson, Kay Ryan, W.S. Merwin, just to name just a few.
LF: Could you describe your creative process for writing poetry? ER: I jot things down in notebooks, let them sit, go back later to see what I can salvage, move those pieces to the computer, start revising, keep revising, and voila.
LF: What are you working on now? ER: I've just completed a new manuscript called The Way Back.
LF: Why is poetry important to us? ER: Poetry makes our hearts sing. It connects us to the deepest parts of our humanity. It allows for a space to say that which is otherwise unsayable.
LF: What do you hope readers take away from your poems? ER: I hope that readers are uplifted by my poetry, and that my poems linger in readers' hearts.