with Danielle Rose:
Q1: When did you start writing and first influences?
Danielle: Gosh, I have always been interested in creating things. Stories or world or any kind of very youthful flight of fantasy. Literature as something I wanted to do with my life was a long process, but it was mostly fixed in my head by the time I was maybe 14 or 15 years old? It was quite early in high school, I remember that much. And those early days were a frenzy, but I can say that Rilke, Ginsberg, Kerouac, Eliot, Doolittle, and Pound were probably the earliest handrails I grasped onto. Lots of Pound. I very much almost became a Pound scholar, but life takes twists and turns.
Q2: Who are your biggest influences today?
Danielle: Perhaps Lauren Berlant or Euripides? If not them, I can confidently say someone who came between those two (chronologically). Probably it is Anne Carson, if I am being honest, but honesty here is drull because everyone and their sister loves Anne Carson. I mean, she is brilliant. But so was Lauren Berlant. And Euripides, too, in his own way.
Q3: Where did you grow up and how did that influence your writing? Have any travels away from home influence your work?
Danielle: I was born in Texas, but was raised (and have lived) in New England for my entire life. This is something that affects me, yes. I am very “New England-y”. Which really just means that I possess a certain Stoicism and do not particularly like talking about things like feelings. I dislike writing about feeling, too. But I always end up writing about feelings, just in a roundabout kind of way. I am not one for much travel, and am more hermetic than anything else.
Q4: What do you consider the most meaningful work that you’ve done creatively so far?
Danielle: I can’t say, really. Meaning is for readers. Or a better way to look at it is that I have absolutely zero control over a piece of writing once it enters the public world. It flies off from the generative perch on my shoulder and lands somewhere else. And honestly, ‘meaning’ is wildly overrated when it comes to lyric writing. We focus on this supposed endpoint at the expense of understanding that writing is a process and a journey and something that unfolds in front of our eyes as we engage with it. At best, an author can leave a pathway that can be followed like strings of lanterns lining a dark, wooded road. But you can take your own light into the trees and forge a new pathway through. At least, that’s what I hope for. My writing is a map but it is certainly not the territory. Only a reader can demarcate their own territory.
Q5: Any pivotal moment when you knew you wanted to be a writer?
Danielle: I think I have experienced more pivotal moments that have made me not want to be an artist than anything that would orient me in the other direction. This is especially true with poetry, which has hurt me deeply at numerous points in my past. But ultimately, art is aspirational. We reach toward the thing we desire and try to grasp it. Sometimes in very incoherent ways.
Q6: Favorite activities to relax?
Danielle: Raising hell; praising Dale.
Q7: Any recent or forthcoming projects that you’d like to promote?
Danielle: The two small books I released this year are kinda cool. at first & then was the winner of the 2019 Black River Chapbook Competition and was published by Black Lawrence Press in February. The History of Mountains is a microprose microchap that just recently came out with Variant Literature.
Q8: What is a favorite line/stanza from a poem of yours or others?
Danielle: I am quite partial to the print of Honoré Daumier’s charcoal sketch, “Don Quixote and Sancho Panza” that I have hanging in my office. It feels appropriate.
Q9: Who has helped you most with writing?