Is there one subject you feel you return to in your writing?
It may be a bit cliché, but I find I most often return to nature for inspiration. It is a subject matter that most anyone can relate to.
Do you have any previously published pieces you’re particularly proud of?
How do you feel about traditional poems and free verse? Which do you feel fits the present time? Can they coincide within one poem?
Poetry is the format that, more than any other, is completely devoid of rules. There is room for metre and rhyme as much as there is room for free verse. Poetry is meant to be a liberating experience for the author as much as the reader. Whatever form the poem needs to take in order to create that, then that is the form it must take. Poetry is amorphous, it is constantly changing. What is cutting edge today is antiquated tomorrow. Free verse is the trend now, but in a hundred years, linguists and school children may read over these poems and dub them snobbish and antiquated, as many people view rhyming and verse poems today.. So be it. Style is secondary to the meaning, impact, and emotional content of the poem. The poems that have and do accomplish this, are still and will be remembered.
I thought of the Appalachian Granny Witches or Granny Magic while reading this piece. Have you heard of this before?
I have heard of this before. I am a budding eclectic witch myself. Witches throughout history are definitely a source of inspiration to me and elements of this crop up in my work. A healthy respect for nature is prevalent in my writing as a result of this. I try and learn from it.
Nanna Juniper was charming and reminded me of some characters from childhood books. Was she based on anyone or anything in particular?
She is the personification of a particular tree from my childhood. She is also the amalgamation of all the matriarchal figures in my life who helped shape me.
You can read Kevin Kissane’s poem, “In the Treetop” in Issue Six of The Ginger Collect.