ANN CHRISTINE TABAKA
Ann Christine Tabaka lives in Delaware, USA. She is a published poet and artist. She loves gardening and cooking. Chris lives with her husband and two cats. Her most recent credits are The Paragon Journal, The Literary Hatchet, The Metaworker, Raven Cage Ezine, RavensPerch, Anapest Journal, Mused, Apricity Magazine, Longshot Island, Indiana Voice Journal, Halcyon Days Magazine, The Society of Classical Poets, and BSU’s Celestial Musings Anthology.
WHAT INSPIRED ONE OF YOUR POEMS?
REMEMBERING MOM We grew up in a meager existence, not knowing where our next meal was coming from (My father was an abusive alcoholic). I still remember my mother working to support us, and taking care of all the household chores. She taught us love and respect. I still envision her hanging laundry on the line and baking bread every week. She scrubbed the laundry by hand on an old scrub board with lye soap – and that scent clung to her. She was the rock that held our family together.
TELL US AN OBSCURE THING YOU FIND INTERESTING ABOUT THE WORLD?
How we can have so much, yet have so little. How we feel pain and joy at the same sights and sounds. How we never seem to truly understand what it is that we want in the end.
WHAT ODD, FUNNY OR INTERESTING FACT CAN YOU SHARE ABOUT YOUR WRITING HABITS OR PROCESS?
I never go anywhere without a notebook and pen. I have one in my purse, one in my car, and one on my nightstand. Things pop into my mind in the oddest places and I need to write them down or I will not remember that first amazing experience of what I am thinking at the time. I often rewrite after I have it down, but sometimes I write one line or one verse and then it is another week or even month before the next one comes to me. I usually have 6, 7, 8 poems going at the same time.
HOW MUCH RESEARCH DO YOU DO WHEN WRITING?
It depends. Sometimes I want a stronger word for something, and I scour every Thesaurus I can find for just the right word. If it is a subject matter that needs research, I definitely do it, but mostly I write from personal experience – which needs litter or no research.
LASTLY, WHAT COMES TO MIND WHEN YOU THINK KINGDOMS IN THE WILD?
OH WOW! I love nature, wildlife, and our Mother Earth. I imagine all sorts of wonderful safaris and beautiful natural areas where wildlife can be free and safe.
ABOUT IN CONVERSATION
What makes a writer write? What resides behind the impulse to create a work of art? We have always been interested in these questions here at KITW. Incredibly, we’ve received such varied responses to the same four questions from each of our published writers, that we thought we’d share.
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CREDITS: in this issue
Author: Ann Christine Tabaka
Editor: Lydia S
Original Photograph: Lindz Marsh
Graphic Design: Shompole, N.L.