Wombwell Rainbow Interviews: Mike Zone


Wombwell Rainbow Interviews

I am honoured and privileged that the following writers local, national and international have agreed to be interviewed by me. I gave the writers two options: an emailed list of questions or a more fluid interview via messenger.
The usual ground is covered about motivation, daily routines and work ethic, but some surprises too. Some of these poets you may know, others may be new to you. I hope you enjoy the experience as much as I do.


Mike Zone

Mike Zone is the author of Void Beneath the Skin, Better than the Movie: 4 Screenplays and Fellow Passengers: Public Transit Poetry, Meditations and Musings. A contributing poet to Mad Swirl and contributing writer to the graphic novel series American Anti-hero by Alien Buddha Press. His poetry and stories have appeared in: Horror Sleaze Trash, The Daily Dope Fiend, Outlaw Poetry, The Rye Whiskey Review, Synchronized Chaos and Triadæ Magazine.

links to my books.




The Interview

1. What inspired you  to write poetry?

Isolation, frustration, a yearning to express myself without fistacuffs seeing as how it was damn near impossible to halt the multitude of situations and emotions I was feeling all at once at alarming sporadic rates at the worst of times. It’s either that or go somewhere I should not be and get stabbed. Jim Morrison was also a major inspiration when I was younger and thought myself an aspiring film-maker, I was attracted  by the music of The Doors of course the lyricism of Morrison and picked up  ​The American Night which showcased his short script “The Hitchhiker” , somehow I stumbled beyond that and the songs and became enthralled. 2. Who introduced you to poetry? To be honest, I was bullied by the same kid since first grade all the way through high school, when he started writing poetry, I had to get on the action in order to out do him in some manner. It’s something I dabbled in slightly before that for class assignment, then became a reckless teenage passion ridden with an agenda of rage that bordered on obsession.

3. How aware were you of the dominating presence of older poets?

I wasn’t really aware of the dominating presence of the older poets but once I got out of school and dropped out of college for a while I stumbled across more of Jack Kerouac’s work and went ga-ga over The Beats, looking at their influences and eventually came to find my own path.

4. What is your daily writing routine?

I try to write something everyday. Whether an entry in my journal or a random phrase or image. I tend to work ten to fourteen hour days, it gets hard sometimes but when I look at something fully composed there’s a sense of relief like “I can go do this” and I’m proud of it until something else is completed and then everything that came before is just shit.

5. What motivates you to write?

Discontent with the current mode of social engineering. My own shortcomings, I love science and comic books and that has played a big role in the imagery I’ve used in the past. Really anything I feel the need to draw attention to that accentuates the link between the micro and macro aspect to any situation.

6. What is your work ethic?

It used to be sporadic, going through spurts of nearly nonstop writing to hardly anything, things are steadier as I’ve learned to reconcile the biggest mistake in my life, which was working hard and being practical. Let’s be honest, if I hadn’t done that and stayed working in bars, travelling, screwing off more and paying attention more to my writing than anything I’d have been better off but a long time ago like a lot of people in Gen X, someone sold me a dream…

7. How do the writers you read when you were young influence you today?

It used to be sheer admiration followed by a rueful envy and now, it’s like…that’s some good shit. I still think Bukowski , Whitman and Rumi are topnotch and sometimes to my chagrin I like to callback to Morrison for helping start it all.

8. Who of today’s writers do you admire the most  and why?

As of late, I’ve been corresponding with so many, I feel I may be leaving someone out but here it goes: Frank Reardon, Ryan Quinn Flanagan, Ben John Smith, Amber Decker and James Casey IV…damn I know I’ve left people out…except for Scott Thomas Outlar.

9. Why do you write?

I write because I am a trite silly bastard. I’m not a pseudo intellectual prick. I’m just some fucked up thing that wants to survive and it’s a coping mechanism for me.

10. What would you say to someone who asked you “How do you become a writer?”

Stay out of the court system and don’t listen to anyone that tries to sell you on that work hard and be practical bullshit.

11. Tell me about the writing projects you have on at the moment.

I’m currently writing a poem about Incredible Hulk living in the apartment below Donkey Kong…really,  I’m currently a contributing writer with Red Focks on Alien Buddha’s illustrated novel series ​American Anti-hero
​ , just finished a short story called ​Aqua-Shoes
​ and currently composing an entry to my ​Mona in Amerika
​ and Man in the Yellow Hat (​Fugitive
​ ) cycle of poems that I’d like to turn into a novel at some point.  I still dream about screenwriting too. There’s a stream of consciousness scene a day experiment. I’ve been toying around with…too many demons in my brain and so little time with Donkey Kong living above me.

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