As an extension of The Black Lion Journal’s mission, The Wire’s Dream is a semi-annual magazine that values community, life perspectives, and different worldviews. Contributors were asked to complete a set of mini interview questions with the purpose of sharing with the readers and their fellow submitters a bit about who they are and about their creativity. All questions were the same for each contributor; and each answer given is unique, open, friendly, and candid.
Let’s start by talking about creativity — what does creativity mean to you?
Creativity is the ability to find the artistic tether, hold it with both hands, and then try to do as many different things as possible with it.
How and when did you get started doing what you love to do? Who or what is your creative muse?
I started writing poetry in high school. I don’t remember why.
What is your most memorable creative experience, if any?
I wrote my book “The Nineteen Steps Between Us” in four days. It was a fun and crazy four days to produce an 88-page book that got published the same year.
People approach creativity in such different ways! What about you? What is your creative routine? Do you know of any quirky habits or creative superstitions?
I write every day. It’s when I get my coffee, and it’s the only time I have any sugar. By the time I taste the coffee I’m ready to write.
Time, Tips, & Future Goals
How do you make time to do what you love to do?
Dedication to a very specific routine.
What tips can you give novice creatives about getting started on their creative journey and about submitting their work for publication?
Write all the time. Submit all the time. Don’t take any rejection personally. Celebrate a little bit with any acceptance.
What do you hope to achieve with your creativity? Where would you like to see yourself in about 5 years, professionally and creatively?
I just want to keep writing every day. I don’t know what that will bring accomplishment-wise, but I’ll have written a lot more poetry. More poetry is always a good thing.
— TWD Magazine 3rd Collection—
Darren C. Demaree’s poems have appeared, or are scheduled to appear in numerous magazines/journals, including Diode, Meridian, New Letters, Diagram, and the Colorado Review.
Demaree is the author of six poetry collections, most recently Many Full Hands Applauding Inelegantly (2016, 8th House Publishing). Demaree’s seventh collection Two Towns Over was selected as the winner of the Louise Bogan Award by Trio House Press, and is scheduled to be released in March of 2018. Demaree is the Managing Editor of the Best of the Net Anthology and Ovenbird Poetry.
Read Darren’s Poetry In TWD Magazine 3rd Collection
[call it what you will] — p. 58
[you can take apart the couch] – p. 115