Classy Talk with Bill Carty | Summer 2014

Posted Thu, 7/03/2014 - 10:21am by  |  Category:

Bill Carty newWhat is the title of your class?
To the Sciences! 

People should take this class if…
…they are interested in investigating how science can act as inspiration, form, and content for poetry.

Can your students connect with you on social media? If so, how?
Yes, I’m on Twitter and Facebook.

Are any of your works online and available to the public?


Phantom Limb


Poetry Northwest

New Orleans Review

Sixth Finch


What’s your teaching philosophy?
The way I approach teaching is similar to my writing process: I hope to read widely and allow myself to follow my distractions. I think this will be evident in the breadth of poets (contemporary and otherwise) and the range of source material (scientists, textbooks, experiments) that we’ll discuss in this class.

​Faulkner said to “kill your darlings.” ​Can you remember a specific darling you’ve killed and why? (Refrain from admitting to actual homicide in your Classy Talk Survey.)
I have a manuscript that I constantly have been revising, rearranging, reconfiguring, and writing new poems for, which represents, perhaps, death by a thousand cuts. But hopefully not.

What’s your favorite implement to write with? Why?
I’m always most excited during the early, longhand phases of my writing process, and for this reason, I would have to say my preferred implement is a particular Staples-brand, .7 mm, nonretractable gel pen (endorsement deal?). I like these pens in part because the ink doesn’t seem to last very long, thus giving the impression that I’ve written more with this pen than I would from a higher-quality product (endorsement deal lost…).

What are you working on right now? What’s the hardest thing about it? 
A few minutes ago, I was in the process of writing a tweet, and sometime during the process, managed to spill a glass of iced coffee in my lap. Other than that, I am revising poems written in the last nine months or so. One of the struggles of any revision is seeing the value of poems where they are now, rather than where I thought they might have been going in earlier stages of drafting.

What’s your favorite word in the English vocabulary?

Attach a photo of your writing desk.
carty desk