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Lately I’ve been taking as my “field of writing” pages of my journal & collaging them to arrive at texts derived from but strikingly different from the originals.

Asekoff

A photograph of Louis Asekoff seated at his desk in the Beat Hotel, Paris, 1963.

GEMINI INK: How do you work?

LOUIS ASEKOFF: I begin at sea & steer by star charts toward distant ports-of-call.

GEMINI INK: What is your favorite piece of writing advice?

LOUIS ASEKOFF: Surprise yourself! Follow where you go!

GEMINI INK: Do you have a favorite writing tool?

LOUIS ASEKOFF: I begin with the earliest computer, an Eagle #2, the wooden stylus with a pink rubber nub at one end & a lead point at the other. Then if I’m in an indelible mood I move on to a Swan pen or a Uniball Vision (fine). Finally, I edit, rewrite on that great revisionary instrument, an Apple desktop.

GEMINI INK: What is integral to your method of writing?

LOUIS ASEKOFF: Lately I’ve been taking as my “field of writing” pages of my journal & collaging them to arrive at texts derived from but strikingly different from the originals.

GEMINI INK: What is your next project?

LOUIS ASEKOFF: The Vanishing Hand.

 

 

Some of my best writing ideas and insights come while I walk,
which I like to do in the late afternoon.

 

GEMINI INK: Describe your first writing desk.

BEVERLY DONOFRIO: My first writing desk was the kitchen table, and I still like to work where I cook and eat. I like to write on my bed, on the sofa, in the rocker, on the porch; in other words, all over the house.

GEMINI INK: What is integral to your method of writing?

donofrio deskBEVERLY DONOFRIO: I have ADD and so getting up and doing things, such as chopping an onion at a paragraph break, works well for me. I used to try to chain myself to the desk, but now the writing is more organic and integrated into the many activities that make up my days. It would feel like torture to have to write in an office.

GEMINI INK: What is the best writing time of day for you? What is the worst? Does it matter?

BEVERLY DONOFRIO: My best writing time is in the morning; it’s when I have the most energy. If I’m in the middle of a project and really immersed in it, then I can pick the work up at any time of day. But not when I’m just beginning. Then it has to be the first thing I do, or I may never get to it. Some of my best writing ideas and insights come while I walk, which I like to do in the late afternoon.

GEMINI INK: What do you want to do in your writing that you’ve never done before?

BEVERLY DONOFRIO: I want to write about God without using the word God.

GEMINI INK: What’s your favorite writer snack?

BEVERLY DONOFRIO: Caffeine.

 

Visit Beverly at beverlydonofrio.com

I love a fountain pen I bought at a little store in S. France…but can’t seem to keep it working. So any marking tool will do.

Notebook at Piccott's End

GEMINI INK: How do you work?

KIM STAFFORD: I take a walk before dawn, and words come to me. Then I write them down. Then sunrise, and the day.

GEMINI INK: What theme or symbol keeps emerging in your work? Why?

KIM STAFFORD: Hidden things, secrets, darkness, not knowing, failing, stumbling, singing, breath, the work of the hand, peripheral vision, glimpses, dreams, ordinary things lit by strange light.
Notebook with chairNotebook in Barcelona

GEMINI INK: Do you have a favorite writing tool?

KIM STAFFORD: I love a fountain pen I bought at a little store in S. France…but can’t seem to keep it working. So any marking tool will do.

GEMINI INK: Describe your first writing desk.

KIM STAFFORD: There was a nook at the top of the stairs in my college house. I build a screen of concrete-spattered boards, and a desk of pallet wood.

GEMINI INK: What is integral to your method of writing?

KIM STAFFORD: Being open to what comes—today it’s the pain and confusion and glimmers of discovery following my mother’s death at 97 two days ago:


Second Birth

Hollowed by pneumonia, broken by a fall,
our mother with 97 years clenched
in her one good hand began
to grow smaller for passage
through her final knot of pain
with little cries a bird’s voice
flying in dark rain for
something we can’t see
here with her low lidded eyes,
cold skull, dry leaves
sticks, earth, and a promise.

 

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My favorite writing advice is “write it down.”
When you get the idea or verse, don’t wait. Write it down or you will lose it.

 

GEMINI INK: Hi Eduardo, can you describe your first writing desk to us?

EDUARDO GARZA: My first writing desk is the one I use now, one I built in shop class in Eagle Pass, Texas back in 1964. I designed and built it and it is still standing. I am sending you this note from my desktop, ha!

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GEMINI INK: Do you have a favorite writing tool?

EDUARDO GARZA: I have no favorite writing tool, whatever is handy works. Once, all I could find to write with was the burnt ends of matches.

GEMINI INK: Does good writing result from best practices, magic or both?

EDUARDO GARZA: Good writing is decided by each of us. Who am I to say what good writing is, you either like it or you don’t.

GEMINI INK: What’s your favorite writer snack?

EDUARDO GARZA: Coffee and pan dulce are my favorite writing snacks. Sometimes a beer and peanuts. I don’t have a best/worst time of the day for writing, inspiration grabs me all day and night time too.

Garza 1GEMINI INK: Tell us about your next project.

EDUARDO GARZA: My next project is to create poetry videos, like music videos but with poems.

 

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