I’ve had the fortune to spend significant quality time with one of the most underrated American poets, Bernadette Mayer.
She, her partner poet Phil Good, and I traveled around the Czech Republic together when we, by happy accident, ended up in Prague at the same time.
When we were in Plsen (because Bernie wanted a tour of the brewery), I asked her what she was working on.
“I’m pre-writing,” she said.
“Pre-writing for what?” I asked.
“Any time I’m not writing it’s pre-writing.”
Which is one of the best things about being a writer. Everything in your life is research.
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