37 of the poems were previously published in literary journals
3 poems were written while I was in college
13 while I was in my MFA program
the other 40 were written in the last four years, averaging about 10 from each year
I typically write at least 20 poems a year (to give you an idea of how many of my poems are “keepers”)
Favorite poem in the collection (right now, anyway): “Leah Separates” (it is new)
Poem I’m most nervous about (right now, anyway): “Storm Front” (it is old)
Number of times I sent out this manuscript before I was accepted: either about 12 times (how many times I sent out some form of that manuscript) or once (the current version is pretty different from what I had been sending out)
Real people who end up in my poems: my husband, daughters, sisters, mother, great-grandmother on my mother’s side, both grandmothers, my in-laws. If you are related to me, you are fair game.
The “you” or “we” in a poem more often than not is talking about Bryan (excluding the persona section)
The baby is usually Zu, though June is in there a few times (you’ll know it when you read it)
The settings: Tennessee, Georgia, Kentucky, Arkansas, and Boston
The forms: free verse, prose poem, list poem
Topics of interest: God, motherhood, sisters, marriage, relocation
It is all autobiographical, except for when it isn’t.