Thursday, 27 March 2014

I Write About Crisps

This is a blog tour. It's not like one of those sinister chain letters when breaking the chain may lead to bad blog luck.  No, no. It's a way of getting people to know about writers and their blogs.  Each blogger answers the same four questions.  Here are my answers:

What are you working on?
My new pamphlet of poems, 'Mending the Ordinary' to be published in May by Fair Acre Press. And my non-extruded Crisp Sequence for the Cheltenham Poetry Festival.
How does your work differ from others of this genre?
I'm not sure that it does, though I have never used the words 'iridescent' or 'ethereal' in poems.  Not even my Crisp Sequence.
Why do you write what you do?
Because I find it satisfying to distill everyday extraordinary experience into words - intellectually, emotionally, psychologically and physically.
How does your writing process work?
I eat crisps and then I think, "I want to write a poem about that flavour I can't quite put my finger on: the feeling of loss mixed with desire (salt and vinegar) or joy mixed with terror (prawn cocktail), as expressed in that wave of a hand, or scrape of chair, or the unspoken affection of sharing a pack".  But I don't think it quite like that.  I feel unsettled by something I've noticed.  I connect this feeling to an image or happening, and I write it out till it feels a bit more slotted into place.

Here are some other blogs to read ...

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