Can you go through the step-by-step process of writing this poem from the moment the idea was first conceived in your brain until final form?
So I have a lot of time to think poems through, let them roll around in my head, wait for the lines to percolate. Then when I have serval lines I begin the process of writing them down. So I was outside at night, when that Chris Hayes quote kept nagging at me, wanting me to do something.
What month and year did you start writing this poem? June 2017
How many drafts of this poem did you write before going to the final? (And can you share a photograph of your rough drafts with pen markings on it?) Actually my first draft is almost entirely in my head. Unlike a lot of my poems, I worked the images first and really played around with them in my mind. It might be because the original inspiration was something said. Because, now that I’m thinking about it, there’s another Chris Hayes quote, “Manifestly Unqualified”, which turned out to be the title of the poem. And my process for that one was very similar to this.
Has this poem been published before? And if so where? It came out in November of 2017 in vol. 10, issue 3 of the online magazine, diode.
His next book, Fish Singing Foxes will be released early in 2019 by Salmon Poetry, and his book, Of Oracles and Monsters, will be released by Glass Lyre Press also in 2019. His work has appeared or will shortly in American Literary Review, Crazyhorse, the DIAGRAM and elsewhere.