LOVE THIS GRAPHIC & ANything that gets beyond the fucking Liberal Vs. Conservative mind trap; Time to evolve!
I hunt inspiration. All the time, everywhere; in my eggs and coffee, in the newspaper,
and in the field. Most of life is a dull, drawn out tedium of work and repetition, carpe with no diem, and so I look for moments when I feel as if I can say something beyond what I have already said, to feel something I have not felt before, and the more you read, the more you fuck, the more you smell, the harder it is to read, fuck or smell something new, and so the hunt becomes more vital, especially as a poet. I go to the journals; I go to my phone; I go to the bookstore hunting for something new, but most of the time I can tell within the first line if a poem is dead or alive; so, it makes hunting easier, but still to find something that spanks, something that kicks, something that makes you feel like you're about to get laid, is the dream, the American dream, my only dream, and to find it without drugs; well, coffee is okay, but to find it without drugs, to find it without killing yourself in the process, drinking yourself to death, not even bukowski could do it, but sweet jesus, he is forgiven, because now, even sober, he is still my hero, my inspiration, simply because he told the fucking truth.
As the editor of Burning Tree Books, and trained poet, I am often asked about social media poetry, and whether or not it is any good. I have many snobby friends with MFA's who believe it is trite, and common, and anybody can write it. The truth is that one has to make a choice as a writer about audience and accessibility; When I was getting my MFA, I hated all the poems that made obscure references to Ancient Greek Mythology or that assumed I knew hot to read meta-text, because I felt excluded. I feel like the writer was telling me to fuck off if I didn't go to Harvard and know a fine wine from a bottle of malt liquor, so I always wrote shit that I liked, things that made me laugh or amused me like a woman going to a party with a lobster for a hat. And, sure, they laughed in class, but as one of my fellow MFA told me, "yeah, people find your stuff entertaining, but we know what good poetry is." I knew what he meant, but I also felt like fuck you; because the truth is that I despise most of what is also considered "good" poetry, and I find myself liking a lot more of the poems written on social media that come right out, hit from the gut, and say what they want to say. So, I am frankly excited by what is happening with poetry and the current boom of social media poetry; I am happy to read it, write it, and publish it.