I spoke with featured poet, Patricia Goodrich, about her poetry writing process and her latest writing endeavors. Here’s what she had to say.
LF: Do you remember writing your first poem? PG: Yes! In 7th grade elementary school, I responded to an advertisement in the back of a magazine for a free evaluation of songwriting ability/potential. I sent them, "The night was dark/as we sat in the park./The moon above/shone down its sweet love...." I received a response, but it was NOT encouraging!
LF: Who or what are some of your favorite creative influences? PG: In general, nature (water and stone) and solitude. In poetry particularly, e.e.cummings poetry as a freshman in college, poet William Stafford, mentors Jere Knight and Helen Papashvily.
LF: Could you describe your creative process for writing poetry as opposed to fiction, nonfiction, or memoir? PG:In poetry I write without destination.
LF: At what point do you decide to stop revising your work? PG: There is no point...no period. Perhaps when I feel an exclamation mark!
LF: What are you working on now? PG: I just completed working with Romanian poet/translator Casandra Ioan on my forthcoming book, "Stone Hunting in Translyvania". I am shifting gears to preparing for a solo visual arts exhibition at a castle in Romania next summer, trying to shape/create at the same time writing proposals for support of the project (shipping/framing/traveling).
LF: Why is poetry important in the world? PG:It is a voice that speaks from that which is most elemental/most humane, be it grief, rage, love, sound for the sake of sound, or silence which fills the void.
LF: What do you hope readers take away from your poetry? PG:That some phrase or detail resonates with some one of them. I stopped by the Days of Poetry and Wine Festival in Slovenia a few days ago to see Chilean poet Raul Zurita, whose work moves me. While there, I spoke with someone I met while reading a couple of years earlier at the same festival. She said, "I recognize you....you read the bear poem." How good that made me feel. So good I am mixing up the Newtown reading with older poems.