This is the first part of an hour long interview with poet and editor Thom Ward. We talked about his newest collection of poetry, Etcetera's Mistress (Accents Publishing, 2012), as well as poetry in general.
From his publisher: Thom Ward is sole proprietor of Thom Ward's Poetry Editing and Proofreading Services (firstname.lastname@example.org). Ward's poetry collections include Small Boat with Oars of Different Size (Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2000) and Various Orbits (Carnegie Mellon, 2004). Ward's poetry chapbook, Tumblekid,
winner of the 1998 Devil's Millhopper poetry contest, was published by
the University of South Carolina-Aiken in 2000. His collection
of prose poems, The Matter of the Casket, was published by
CustomWords in 2007. Ward teaches creative writing workshops at high
schools and colleges around the country, tutors individual poetry
students, and edits poetry manuscripts. He is a faculty and advisory
board member at Wilkes University's Graduate Creative Writing program in
Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. Thom Ward lives in western New York with
his girlfriend Jennifer and their cat Phantom.
Here's what Thomas Lux has to say about Thom's latest book: "Reading Thom Ward is to enter a brilliant and restless imagination – sometimes poignant,
sometimes crazy-with-a-purpose, but always with a deep lucidity in the logic of its
illogic. His poems remind me how much we need language and how much the language
Thom has been my poetry teacher/editor and friend since 1996, when I took his class at Writers & Books.
In Part I, Thom talks about his process for writing a poem: