The Habitual Poet is an ongoing series of contributor interviews. If you are a Poemeleon contributor and would like to participate copy & paste the Q's from below and e-mail your answers to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Q: Where do you prefer to get your books?
Q: How many poetry books do you think you own, and what percentage of these have you actually read?
Q: When, where and how do you usually read?(i.e. at bedtime under the covers, cover to cover, etc.)
Q: What books of poetry have you read this month?
Q: What other books/magazines/backs of cereal boxes have you read recently? The SF Chronicle, C. Myss’ The Anatomy of the Spirit, Benioff’s City of
Q: When, where, how do you write, and why?(i.e. at dusk on a dock, longhand in a notebook, because...)
Q: How many first drafts do you think you complete in a week? A month?
Q: How long do you wait before revising a poem?
Q: When do you know a poem is “done”?
Q. Have you ever given up an invitation so you could stay home and write?
Q: What is your system for sending out work?
Q: What have you more recently received: a rejection notice or an acceptance? Was it what you expected?
I received an acceptance yesterday and it was expected. However, this past week, I’ve received four rejections and I can’t say I didn’t expect them.
Q: Where do you generally publish: online, in print, or a mix, and do you have a preference?
Q: What is the worst (or weirdest, or best) experience you’ve had with a journal/magazine/press & its editor(s)? (No names, please!)
Q: Have you ever received any fan (or hate) mail? If so, what was that like?
Q: What is your day job, and how does it affect your writing?
Q: How does your significant other’s occupation affect your writing life?
Q: Have there been periods in your life when you couldn't write?
Q: Do you have a “poetry budget”?
Q: Have you ever suffered (or made someone else suffer) in the name of your art? (i.e. picked up your kids late from school so you could finish a poem, forgone lunch to buy a book, left a relationship because the other person just didn't understand, etc.)
Q: Do you have any superhuman abilities? (i.e. can you tie a cherry stem in a knot20with your tongue, or write a double sestina with both hands tied behind your back?)
Q: You write a scathing poem about your mother and she learns about it. You:
a.) Move to
b.) Delete the poem and insist it never existed
c.) Show it to her (she’s already written you out of the will anyway)
d.) Do none of the above; instead you:
Q: If the best medical specialists in the world told you that20if you didn’t give up your poetry habit today you would die in six months, would you get your affairs in order or would you leave that up to your family?
Q: If you could be a vowel, which one would you be and why?
Q: Finally write a couplet for a collaborative ghazal using the following kaafiyaa and radif: “said the poet”.
Grace Marie Grafton’s poetry won first prize in the annual Bellingham Review contest, was a finalist for NIMROD’s Pablo Neruda Prize, and was twice nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her chapbook, Zero, won the Poetic Matrix Press contest. Her book, Visiting Sisters, was published by Coracle Books. Poems recently appear in The Modern Review, Ur*vox, good foot, Spoon River Poetry Review, and may be viewed at poetrymagazine.com (also under G. M.Grafton).