The solitary part of writing and freelancing isn’t something that normally bothers me. I enjoy the quiet of my work space and the independence of my routine. But every once in a while something happens to remind me of how much of my work takes place in my head and how important it is to find ways to share the work — not just through publications, readings, or performances, but through simple conversation.
I was deeply honoured earlier this summer when my poem, “The Undefended Border,” was chosen by RHINO Poetry Forum to receive their 2011 Founder’s Prize. A bit of recognition is useful fuel for my solitary work. But I was equally honoured and grateful to be interviewed by associate editor Virginia Bell for RHINO’s blog. Her insightful questions gave me the opportunity to articulate some important ideas about the poem and about my poetry, as well as the opportunity to share those ideas with you. Thanks, Virginia, for interrupting the solitude.