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Shivanee Ramlochan Dear Andre, I find it is the unknowing.

I'm suspicious of myself when I think I have a poem figured out before I write it. Usually, the page (or compu…more
Dear Andre, I find it is the unknowing.

I'm suspicious of myself when I think I have a poem figured out before I write it. Usually, the page (or computer screen) humbles me -- I start out intending to write a poem about a grandmother, for example, and what emerges is a ghazal to green dhal. The unknowing teaches me every time I write a poem. It's exciting, unexpected, and fun, and I'm grateful for it! xx(less)
Shivanee Ramlochan Dear Lana,

Your question is so well-timed! More and more frequently of late, I find myself turning to short-and-long-form essays to write about experi…more
Dear Lana,

Your question is so well-timed! More and more frequently of late, I find myself turning to short-and-long-form essays to write about experiences (often personal ones) that don't seem suited, yet, to the shape or taste of a poem. I've been writing mini-essays in a fairly sustained way on Facebook, and have recently had a couple creative non-fiction essays commissioned, which is a really lovely source of encouragement.

I also have a few short stories kicking around in various places, and -- maybe like most poets! -- I dream of writing at least one lush, decadent novel one day. xx(less)
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and i am the man / laughing: “Connel, Morning”

Image: Port of Spain, Trinidad, posted at Flickr by Georgia Popplewell under a Creative Commons License.

If you have spent any time at all in Port of Spain, you will know — like this poem knows — that it is worth writing about.

“Connel, Morning” comes from the section of You Have You Father Hard Head that focuses on travel: international to inside your backyard, these poems call on their travel

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“If you want to write, if you want to create, you must be the most sublime fool that God ever turned out and sent rambling. You must write every single day of your life. You must read dreadful dumb books and glorious books, and let them wrestle in beautiful fights inside your head, vulgar one moment, brilliant the next. You must lurk in libraries and climb the stacks like ladders to sniff books like perfumes and wear books like hats upon your crazy heads. I wish you a wrestling match with your Creative Muse that will last a lifetime. I wish craziness and foolishness and madness upon you. May you live with hysteria, and out of it make fine stories — science fiction or otherwise. Which finally means, may you be in love every day for the next 20,000 days. And out of that love, remake a world.”
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