“I’m not going to lie, it took me a good while to grasp the entire scope of this poem. Carol is a very talented writer and her poem sneaks up on you, in more ways than you realize.” — Lizzie Thornton, editor for Cardigan Press
What genres/age ranges do you typically gravitate toward in your writing?
I usually stick to poetry. It seems to be the best fit for the way my mind works. However, I have written some humor pieces for a newsletter of the nursing service I worked for and had some people say I should quit my day job. (However, they may just have been trying to get rid of me.) My topics tend to be introspective, bordering on spiritual (in a broad sense), and environmental, with sometimes a smidgen of feminism and social justice. I mostly write free verse, but do derive guilty pleasure from rhyme and meter. I’m glad to see more of this coming back. I don’t usually write for a specific age group, and I hope that all ages can relate to my poetry on some level. However, I am in my sixties, and some of my work is more relatable to this group, especially my poems about grand-parenting. I don’t presume to understand fully what life is like for younger people these days, but I aim to be inclusive. I hope that my work can give those in different generations or walks of life insight into my situational experience in ways that the work of BIPOC and LGBTQ+ poets have helped me to understand their perspectives and challenges.
In what way would you say your poem in Byline Legacies is similar and/or different from your usual tone?
Writing about writing is part of my introspection. I would say it’s a sub-genre of my “usual” work that I revisit from time to time and from different angles. My poem, “Writing Cats and Dogs”, is perhaps more playful than a lot that I write. I had fun writing it and enjoyed the way it all fell together in the process. I love when that happens. Often I struggle with a poem to get it right.
How can readers best support your writing career?
I don’t have any books forthcoming yet, so the best way would be to follow me on Facebook and/or Twitter. People can also visit my webpage for links to my poetry in different publications. I would be thrilled if someone shared a poem of mine that they liked.