What can you tell us about Jenny Drai the writer, the person who has lived all over the place and has worked all sorts of odd jobs?
I’m an accidental poet. I started writing as a child, but only fiction. I wrote novels, stories, you name it, but I also planned a lot of novels, series of novels even, that I never wrote. Historical fiction and fantasy, mostly. I think I enjoyed the world-building aspect most of all. I drew maps, made charts, wrote extensive character bios. But at some point, college I think, I sort of got caught up in poetry. And others pointed me almost exclusively in that direction. After college, I tried my hand at writing fiction again, but nothing good came out. I was quite stuck in that overtly autobiographical, literary realism mode. But I seemed to do a better job with poetry and so kept going with that.
Photo: courtesy of the artist
I would like to fill myself
with definite meaning.
A brief history of psychiatry--
seemed like a good idea at the time.
A lobotomy patient shot the inventor.
Of lobotomies, I mean.
was once awarded the Nobel Prize.
Also, the history of evil spirits.
Trepanation. Burr holes. Water treatment.
I would like to fill myself with
Later we meet for coffee.
You’re wearing your blue windbreaker.
I drink decaf although it’s only 10 am.
I tell you as soon as I know it’s me in here.
I do want to spill out of this timing.
I have normal desires.
Please bring me a peach.