Tuesday, 27 July 2021

Alexander Shalom Joseph : part five

Why is poetry important?  

I believe poetry is important because a good poem allows a reader to briefly step into somebody else’s world, to see with other eyes, to love with another heart, to think new thoughts. A good poem allows for one to experience a whole new world in a few simple lines or maybe experience the same thing in a new way. Poetry is important because a good poem can show the reader that they are not alone in the world. 

Stuart McPherson : part two

How did you first engage with poetry?

I first found poetry through Henry Rollins. I was/am a massive Black Flag / Rollins Band fan and consumed all of his music and books. This then led to Bukowski. I was also involved in some online poetry groups, which whilst a little sycophantic, gave me exposure to other poets, forms and styles, and helped me to branch out. Now I try and read as widely and broadly as possible. I tend to get over excited about everything.

Monday, 26 July 2021

Mel Sherrer : part two

How does your work first enter the world? Do you have a social group or writers group that you work ideas and poems with?

My poems make it first into the world by way of readings (my favorite method), and publications. I used to have a cohort around the time I was completing my MFA, but the best and most focused work I have done on my writing has been in the years after that, working from home, in seclusion. I'm sure my friends in writing would extend feedback if I ask them for critique, but I habitually keep my writing, revision, and submission process private until a project is published.

Annick Yerem : part five

How does a poem begin?

It begins with a song or a line in my head, often while I´m out walking with my dog.

It begins with a film, with a photo, a painting, a smell, a sound.

It begins when I am willing to listen.

Sunday, 25 July 2021

M.S. Evans : part one

M.S. Evans is a Pushcart nominated poet and visual artist residing in Butte, Montana. Her work has appeared in Black Bough Poetry, Ice Floe Press, Anti-Heroin Chic, Feral, Fevers of the Mind, and Green Ink Poetry, among others.

Twitter: @SeaNettleInk

Instagram: @seanettleart 

What are you working on?

I’m currently working on my first poetry collection, and gearing up to be a Guest Reader for Ice Floe Press

Wayne Mason : part five

How does a poem begin?

A poem usually begins as a simple word or phrase stuck in my head like a song… usually at work where my body is at but my mind is far from. Then eventually the line hits paper with a slew of other words, a mess of words, it is far from a tidy process as the only priority is getting it all out. It is only after some cutting and editing the the poem starts to reveal its true shape.

Saturday, 24 July 2021

Josh Massey : part five

When you require renewal, is there a particular poem or book that you return to? A particular author? 

There’s a sort of meta-book I return to, filled with staring emptiness, a being that pins me in my sleep, a man who speaks in beautiful nonsense that illuminates parts of our experience rational language never can, the old lady who looks after the bar and who sits at the back of the bar on her couch reading Russian poetry, the crow in human voice, the Han Shan poets, the Language poets, the Romantic Poets, the Dub Poets, the Confessional Poets, the Flarf-bestrewn Conceptual Poets, the many contemporary poets spinning such a tapestry all things Poetry — the new and changing — who send their general messages into this hypothetical book I return to whose pages flip faster than eye can keep up with and which blurs into some single motion of authorship.