Questions for Q&A

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?