From the Fishouse is designed to be, in part, a resource for teachers and students of contemporary poetry. What better way to learn about poetry than from the mouths of those who practice the art?
Please record your answers to a few of the following questions:
- Discuss the formal strategy you employed in a particular poem you have
submitted to the Fishouse.
- How do you determine what form a poem will take? For instance, do you sit
down to write a cento? Do you sit down to write long lines, or does the poem
itself dictate that to you?
- Discuss the genesis of a particular poem you have submitted to the Fishouse.
- Discuss a particular poetry project on which you’re currently working.
- What poem do you wish you’d written? Why? and/or What line of poetry do you wish you’d written?
- How did you become interested in poetry? In writing poetry?
- Do recall the first poem you wrote?
- What has been the most difficult obstacle for you becoming a poet?
- What is the most pleasurable aspect about writing for you?
and/or What is the most painful/difficult?
- Do you have a special writing time, a certain writing ritual?
- Do you have a piece of advice for young writers, aspiring poets?
- Please suggest two other poets whose work Fishouse visitors might explore.
- Please read your favorite poem and talk about why it is your favorite.
- Do you read your work out loud when you write?
- Do you experience a poem differently hearing it and reading it?
- What is the literary value of the spoken word?
- Please talk about From the Fishouse…
a) from the POV of a poet of a poetry fan
b) Is Fishouse succeeding; how might you improve it?