"The x could have been
anything at all,
the sound of wind chimes,
a gong, a choir, a cantor,
a mermaid, a schoolman,
--from "Variable" which appears in the Winter 2016 issue (Volume 57, Issue 4).
Tell us about one of the first pieces you’ve written
In general, it takes me ages to write a poem, as each piece goes through multiple edits over a period of months but there was one exception. My first publication in a professional journal, Alaska Quarterly Review, was a poem I wrote for a class assignment while I was doing my MFA. I’d been sick a lot that semester, hadn’t finished my homework, and I was nervous about it. Then something magical happened. About half an hour before class, on the same morning it was due, the poem (entitled “x...