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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.
is an Italian journalist and author. His works appeared on Visual Verse, I Am Not A Silent Poet, Literary Yard, Angela Topping Hygge Feature, Indigent A La Carte, The BeZine, Scrittura Magazine, The Song Is, Poetry Pasta and other magazines. He is one of the editors of The Ramingo’s Porch along with Marc Pietrzykowski and Catfish McDaris. His book of poems “Spaghetti & Meatballs – Poems for Hot Organs” was published by Pski’s Porch Publishing.
Publishing House: http://www.pskisporch.com/
First of all thank you Paul and to your rockin’ readers for having me!
- What inspired you to write poetry?
I started writing poetry in Italian during high school, as I believe most of us did. I needed a fast way to shot out my bad and good vibes, my blues and my joy. Anyhow, the real motivation that led me to write poetry is that, at the time, I was courting a girl and it worked, you know? This year Elena and I are celebrating ten years together. Ten years of love, words and travels here and there.
- Who introduced you to poetry?
High School introduced me to Italian poetry, and it was both a trauma and a wonderful discovery, while I had a great poet as godmother for English poetry: Deborah Alma, the Emergency Poet. I will never stop thanking her for the help she gave me. She pushed me to write and read more in English language. I’m still writing typos and other kind of silly things but I suppose it’s part of the game, isn’t it?
- How aware were you of the dominating presence of older poets?
Consider I live in Virgil hometown and near to me there are cities where Catullo and Ovid lived. Then there are all the other big masters of poetry from Dante Alighieri to Giuseppe Ungaretti. They are two-faced masters: on the one hand they are a great resource, but on the other they are a burden that is difficult to remove from shoulders
- What is your daily writing routine?
Working as a freelance journalist permits me to write everyday with method. Poems, generally, comes in the depth of night while I’m going to sleep. So I have to jump down from the bed and write them as fast as I can. Sometimes slumber is so heavy that they are lost in my mind.
- What motivates you to write?
As I said in another interview, there are two elements that move me to write: fun and other people happiness. I think poets should be catalysts and give to the reader a sort of balsamic feeling of well-being. You feel down because you’re not able to find a job and a poem helps you to find new energy? That’s what I mean. You feel happy because you’ve had sex with your partner and a poem remembers you that moment? That’s what I mean.
- What is your work ethic?
Stay true, also if it hurts you to write those words, or if it could hurt people you know. As a great artist of the past once said: “The flesh, my son, you have to show the flesh of the world”.
- How do the writers you read when you were young influence you today?
Every book I read influenced me. I’m a sponge for ideas and thoughts. Probably they gave me method in working and thinking.
- Who of today’s writers do you admire the most and why?
Check my friends on Facebook and you’ll find a long list of talented authors – poets and writers – I admire. They are living voices and they are strong. The only names I’ll do without taking away honours to others are Catfish McDaris and Marc Pietrzykowski. They are my fellows “musketeers” at The Ramingo’s Porch, but, first of all, they are Pals of mine.
- Why do you write?
Because I’m out of tune, I’m not able to play an instrument, I’m not good at drawing, I’m not able to sculpt and so on…
- What would you say to someone who asked you “How do you become a writer?”
Good question! I’m still looking for an answer. Ha.
- Tell me about the writing projects you have on at the moment.
Phew, this question is easier than the last one. I’m very happy and proud to say my book “Spaghetti&Meatballs – Poems for Hot Organs” is out. The rockin’ Pski’s Porch Publishing believed in my words and decided to publish it. Soon will be available the fourth issue of The Ramingo’s Porch magazine and it will be a good occasion to celebrate talented voices coming from all over the world. Then I’m always open for collaborations and new projects. Let’s rock all together Brothers and Sisters!