I am inspired by poets who memorize their own poems and recite them by heart at their readings--Philip Dacey, Susan McLean, Beth Ann Fennelly, to name a few. I have memorized one of my favorite poems, "Stepping Westward" by Denise Levertov, and I love that sense of portability--of being able to recite it in my head or share it with someone else wherever and whenever I want to do so. I know some of my own poems by heart, but memorizing more of my own poems and those by others is one of my goals. Do you memorize poems? Why or why not? What are some of your favorite memorized poems?
I love to play with words. To capture moments on the page. To explore the physical and spiritual geography of what I call "fly-over country." I write from imagination, observation and my own experience of wandering in fly-over country--the literal, physical spaces of my life on the Minnesota prairie and the inner territory of the soul.