Check out Rob McLennan’s interview with Sue Bowness, author of our Spring title The Days You’ve Spent. Here is an excerpt from their conversation:
Q. How did your first book change your life? How does your most recent work compare to your previous? How does it feel different?
I’m a fairly private person so putting my creative work out there was difficult. But it has been gratifying to hear positive feedback from family and friends, many of whom are not writers so it is nice to draw their attention to poetry. The collection contains a variety of poems not only inspired by different moments but written at different stages of my writing life so the poems remind me of both past experiences but also about moments in my own writing. In some ways it’s funny to see these thoughts that I’ve lived with for so long out there in print.
Q. How did you come to poetry first, as opposed to, say, fiction or non-fiction?
I’ve always worked on many projects simultaneously so the poetry manuscript represents the completion of one of those projects. Hurrah! I’m also working on fiction in short stories and plays, as well as non-fiction in my doctoral thesis. I always imagined publishing poetry first as a way to get started in the publishing process.
Q. How long does it take to start any particular writing project? Does your writing initially come quickly, or is it a slow process? Do first drafts appear looking close to their final shape, or does your work come out of copious notes?
This manuscript has been in the works for a while, but individual poems often come fairly quickly. I feel like I carry around an idea for a poem for a while in my head before I go and write it down, so by the time I get it down on paper the idea is fairly formed and it is more a case of working on the expression.
To buy Sue Bowness’ latest poetry collection, click here.