Ink is blood and I have a message that comes from the heart. This is why I write. Story is the primary element of my writing; form, tone and color are the vehicles that make the story become what it will be. We all have stories, passions, experiences and questions. My journey as a writer constantly affirms that I should write about that which I know. I write from a visceral place of urgency and human desire.
Some writers want to find a form and never expand beyond it, invert it, or explore it. Dedication to anything other than the art or the message in the art is dangerously close to kitsch. There has to be more than a gimmick.
Words are rituals. Each time we use a word, we invoke every other instance the word appears, hence the fear of cliché. My goal is to make a new meaning of an old word or make a new concept from a combination of old words. Unless you have a penchant for neologisms, you are shuffling a limited deck of language. But, the things you can do with those words! Absolutely magical.
One thing on when to write: write at all times. Producing a poem should not be a miracle; it should be a habit. Each moment is pregnant with poetry. Certainly, some moments lend themselves to poetic inspiration more so than others, but what is poetry but an exploration of life itself?
Every living moment is a teachable moment, a reversal, a celebration, or a point of reflection. Appeal to the senses and the common memories we share to draw the reader into the moment. Make it keen. Write when you want to and when you don’t want to. It’s easier that way.