Wayne Zade teaches creative writing, American literature and jazz studies at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri. He has published poems in Poetry, American Poetry Review, Antioch Review, Notre Dame Review and Shenandoah, among others. He is a regular contributor of jazz essays and interviews to All About Jazz, Belles Lettres and Jazz Tokyo. With Carolyn Perry, he has published interviews with Scott Russell Sanders in the Kenyon Review and Image: Art, Faith, and Mystery. 
Dec 01 2009
A Conversation with Pattiann Rogers
I’ve spent much of my life being attuned to watching for an image or a phrase that can trigger what might be a poem-could become a poem. What triggers a poem for me is not the same as what triggers an essay. My mind is geared now to looking for, or to watching out for, the image that attracts my attention or the phrase or the strange juxtaposition that strikes me bodily, or an odd question or supposition. If I’m excited by something bodily, and curious about it, I generally want to delve into it and explore it with poetry. That’s the way I ordinarily watch the world around me.