Age: 19 (20 on may 22nd, get me a damn gift my minions)
permanent address- Portland, Oregon
current address- Yonkers, New York
address over the summer- Reykjavik, Iceland
-the mountain goats (everything good Iíve done in the last three years is probably a subconscious plagiarism of something Iíve heard or seen John Darnielle do at some point. He is the best lyricist of our generation.
-Bright Eyes (yes, I canít believe I still list this as one of my favorite artists either)
-Sage Francis (took spoken word into the mainstream, beautiful writer, what Bukowski would have done if he had any rhythm)
-Aesop Rock (Holy Smokes)
-Chris Knox (please buy this album if you have any free change that you arenít using to buy my album which I will plug shortly and repeatedly: http://www.chrisknox.co.nz/ . At the very least read this manís story and listen to his music. Beautiful.)
-the killers (donít know why, but I am intimately drawn to them, especially sawdust)
-Amanda Palmer (revolutionized indie piano, what I strive to do everytime I sit down next to a keyboard, unadulterated emotion with a playful edge and stinging commentary. Awesome.)
-Boy and Gabriel (oh, did I mention this is my new band and that we have a new album that you can purchase here: http://boyandgabriel.bandcamp.com/ )
Most Inspirational Writer (Lyrically):
-John Darnielle. Case and point: California song. Watch this video:
Canít get enough of this shit.
-Drake (shoot me dead but I like this manís flow. I am only half kidding)
-The millions of others I constantly steal from consciously or subconsciously. Love you all.
Favourite poet/poem (published writer):
-lets hit up the usual suspects- Frost, Burns, Cummings, Plath, Dickinson, Yeats, Blake, and all the rest
-My poetry professor last year: Dennis Nurske. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dennis_Nurkse
Do yourselves a favor and seek this man out.
If you could be any writer ever, who would you be:
Peter the Great. He wrote millions and millions of laws that never came to fruition but got read by thousands. He essentially created a decree a day for his entire reign. He is the most prolific and powerful writer to ever live.
If you could be any flavour, which would you be:
Sexyberry. http://twitter.com/SexyBerry232 . No, I do not know this fine lady. Yes to every other subsequent question.
Why Do You Write:
Let me tell you all a story. One night I was watching a comedic movie with a girl I knew very poorly. Her roommates had left us alone. It was dark and she was pulling my hands in all sorts of directions, hungry for blood. I could have done anything I wanted to with her body and I could have done anything I wanted to with her mind. I could lift her up to the heights of ecstasy or break her spirit dead. All with a few movements of my hand and a few moments of my hand I could change a life. The world felt brittle. I felt like if I moved my arm too hard it would fall off and tear the bed down which would tear the walls down which would tear the building down which would burn the world down. It was so amazing and terrifying. Writing is the same thing. Its not reflection, it is the most devastating action anyone can take.
This is from Barbara, a woman I read on a blog where people make cases on their favorite words. I think she highlights everything I want to say:
Itís so simple, so common, so useful. And yet if you just let the sound sink into your mind, you can invest it with so much imaginary meaning. Frommm, the sound a warm cat makes. Have a glass of From, a wicked Nordic eggnog. Letís go fromming together Ė a kind of light-hearted, skipping, joyful walk. A from is also an old fashioned lacy decoration around the outside of a doily. Can you think of any more?
Favorite technique/style to write in:
Free verse. Stanzaic. Prose. Villanelle. Erotica. Sitting in a hotel room with a payperview porn video blasting in the background while I wail on my guitar and vocal chords and record the most beautifully haunting moaning veiny songs that will ever never be heard again.
Favourite Writer(s) on UG:
Every time a new WOTM is crowned I read the next two sections intently, always looking for my name. so
-Saadia (Iím reminding myself right here to send you a pm)
-if I missed you and enjoy you Iím sorry I missed you.
Most Helpful Critic:
-Carmel (knows more about the formal craft of poetry than anyone else on this forum)
-Matt when he finds it necessary to tear into you because heís generally always right
What do you do especially, to find inspiration:
I have a pretty excellent life but have a thousand disorders that make no sense. Inspiration comes to me in remembering the knife I held to my throat over the summer while living in a public park or imagining how I kissed the thighs of my first love and how I could kiss them now. In everything there is life and death simultaneous and therefore in everything there has to be terror and ineffable joy and so in everything thereís god and so in everything thereís beauty.
Your Most Recent Work and Reason Behind It:
I wrote a song about a baby mountain goat running through Iceland. Its about the moment when youíre snowed in and your eyes are mist but you see that colored light splashed on the ground thatís slightly brighter than your surroundings and you follow it until you canít walk anymore and then, even though you havenít found anything you can finally sleep without tossing and turning and thinking about whats going to become of everything. Iíll post it when I get home. At the computer lab now.
Keep track of my progress in the world of writing and music as well as you can. Regardless of where I am now or how much you may dislike what I create, this boy and his pen and and his angel and his poorly played guitar are going places baby!
Oh, and donít give up ever. Your life and death both deserve to go up in writing and your life and death both deserve to go up in flame so make it ****ing happen. Nothing is ever given out.
Whatís your goal in writing:
I want to show them the joy in my voice. I want to show them the pain in my lungs. I want to show them that I know Iím living, I know Iím blessed to be living, and that they need to love me because Iím able to see that. My goal isnít enviable, nor is it based on monetary ideas or to be published or anything like that anymore. I just want to be heard.