Who is your most influential writer? Who do you always go back to for inspiration?
Frost, Plath and Dickinson. I like to think that my writing channels a bit from each of these talented souls. If I could write in meter like Robert, tap the depths of my brain such as Sylvia did, and be blessed with the presence and grounding voice of Emily, I would be amazing.
Do you have a favorite line or lines from your accepted pieces for The Ginger Collect?
5,4,3,2,1 Boom! I love putting numbers and math in poems.
What inspired your piece?
I always remember the story of Phineas Gage. For those not from VT, he was blasted through his frontal lobe by a railroad spike and lived. I am also often thinking about “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” and the lobotomy which McMurphy endured. Phineas Gage had a working man’s lobotomy. I was trying to be funny I guess.
What season do you find you write the most in?
I think, it is right now in early winter, which is hunting season here in Vermont as well as election time. I am usually the most traumatized amid gunshots in the woods around me as well as when horrible people get elected president.
What do you want readers to take away from your piece?
Just enjoy it. Maybe laugh a little.
What is your ideal writing environment?
In my bed, snow falling outside, in my sweatpants. Or on my phone waiting in the Dr.’s office.
Do you ever create soundtracks for the pieces you’re writing?
Not yet, but that’s a really good idea.
Do you keep any snacks around while you write? If so, what’s your favorite?
Just coffee. I never eat when I am writing, that would be too indulgent.
Do you find writing invigorating or exhausting?
Both, I am a bit bi-polar in that I write in stretches where poems just flood out of me and then I am exhausted, sometimes ashamed, sometimes elated. But my brain needs to rest either way and stare at a wall or my cat for a few days.
Do you have any future writing plans?
Never give up. I’ve had a late start at 42, but I’ve got momentum and determination to be persevere with this writing thing.
You can read Elisabeth Horan’s piece in Issue Four of The Ginger Collect: You’re Started Over.