LEANNE @ A GLANCE
The GeekGirl Project
Edgar Allan Poet Journal
FAVORITE POET(S): Plath, Keats, Millay, Hardy...
FAVORITE POETRY BOOK: When My Brother Was an Aztec by Natalie Diaz
CURRENTLY READING: Mary Ruefle's Madness, Rack and Honey and Nicelle Davis' Becoming Judas
WHO ARE YOU?
I am one of the first of my family to earn a college degree. I spent my childhood around the cornfields of southern Illinois in Clay City, a metropolis of 950 people. In spite of my love of fantasy, Dungeons & Dragons and video games, I am not a Satanist. Please tell my Sunday school teacher that.
HOW DID YOU FIRST HEAR ABOUT THE POETRY LAB AND WHEN WAS YOUR FIRST EVENT?
I regularly heard praise of The Poetry Lab from many poets but could never attend due to scheduling conflicts and overtime. My first Poetry Lab was in October 2013 with the fabulous Ladies Night session, but work attacked, so it was months before I could go again. When I did, I learned submission strategies and advice. With those techniques and the bio template, I had poems accepted by Edgar Allan Poet Journal the very next month.
HOW HAS THE POETRY LAB CHANGED YOUR COMMUNITY?
I have met wonderful poets at The Poetry Lab, discovered the supportive Long Beach community and begun to develop the technical skills I lack. Although I obtained instant gratification from the Submissions session, the Sound Lab and Turning the Line sessions are equally valuable because each has helped me revise and reshape my writing.
SMOTHERING THE LIGHTLeAnne Hunt
Confined in this cage of ribs, I am straitjacketed
into days. Lungs are anchors. I could not
float to God again. I sink in the swirling depths behind
my eyes. The center falls from the window. I
am a jumper who shatters glass. I wait
for the bounce. Impact is the only lift I know.
ABOUT "SMOTHERING THE LIGHT"
DID YOU WRITE THIS POEM IN THE POETRY LAB?
Yes, I wrote this poem in amazing Peggy Dobreer’s Performance Lab. Rather than have the light flow throughout my body from her exercise, I snuffed it, but the other poets shone their light. Admiration, with a spoonful of professional envy, is a powerful motivator. Perhaps the greatest strength of The Poetry Lab is the quality of its other members who forge paths for me to follow.
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR POETRY STYLE?
I usually write free verse in spite of frequent attempts at various forms. I do enjoy writing pantoums and haiku. I want to learn to write sonnets, ghazals, sestinas, and others for the discipline they require and for their attention to sound.
I write on the standard themes of sex, death and religion, but my work in an environmental biology lab has increasingly pulled chemistry and biology into my writing.
THANK YOU LEANNE!
Catch up with LeAnne at the next Poetry Lab.