Eve Anthony Hanninen: Would you ever get involved in an interactive project of this nature, again? Would you like to
see more online journals and magazines participate in interactive projects?
Earl J. Wilcox: Once I chose Option D, I understood more clearly how to proceed, and I had delight in creating a poem with
alternate beginnings. I would definitely participate again in a process like this, though I'd still probably have misgivings
until I produced a poem. That was my own weakness – not having enough faith that ultimately I would be able to complete
EAH: Where or when have you learned the most about writing (poetry or other) – through formal education, personal passion,
mentor, or equal combinations of resources? And do you have a person – or group of people (writers or other peers,
audience, etc.) – who gives you regular feedback on your writing?
EJW: I did not write poetry until I was past 70 (I'm now 73), though I have a Ph.D in literature and taught for more than
40 years. I discovered my voice in poetry and the long prose poem – my favorite form – is a genre in which I
can make use of an extensive background in literary theory, history, and knowledge of the lives of poets. I do not belong
to a writing group, though I have a couple of online writing buddies and an editor, named Eve, who will give me specific,
honest analysis. Though I have written over 100 and published more than two dozen poems in the past two years, I still feel
I am a novice. I would be glad to collaborate with others online and will eventually join a writers' group . . . perhaps.
Earl J. Wilcox, founder of The Robert Frost Review, has been strongly influenced by Frost and Galway Kinnell. Wilcox
also dotes on Whitman, Dickinson, and all things contemporary. His poetry currently appears in ‘zines such as Lunarosity,
Word Riot, Southern Gothic Online, Strange Horizons, and Underground Voices, and one of his poems was recently
nominated for a Pushcart prize. This winter, as in all others, his fancies turn to spring training for baseball, a topic he
also writes about.
Earl is a regular contributor to The Centrifugal Eye.