Damian Caudills Comments
For me, everything I write, poetry or fiction, depends on being able to glean a distinct voice from a place completely outside of my own personal experience and timeline. Then, when I have something I dont know anything about, I try to seduce it. By seduce I dont mean to work up the voice, transform it, or make it into something particularly artful or riddled with epiphanies. Instead, Im simply looking for a sense of something conversational and talky that I can get into without elevating or diluting the language much. Im a fan of the jumbled up sort of storytelling thats sometimes off balance, that sometimes forgets exactly what comes next.
What interests me most is the imprecise process of falling into a narrative, of sorting things out in the hopes of finding a solid shape. The rambling, the stuffiness, the talkiness of trying to work through different characters in the short spurt of a poem is really appealing to me as a writer. The voices crunch and mumble, skip around, and occasionally get off track
And if you pointed out any of those things to the people involved they wouldnt have the slightest idea what you were talking about. Oblivious. I like that.