I’ve kind of accepted that books don’t matter.
Individual books can still matter. I just don’t think books as a whole matter.
Do you consider yourself a ‘writer’?
ugh, this question is not a fun time for me hehe. i mean, okay so yeah i’m a ‘writer’ or something like that, i sometimes write creative things and more often write boring ass non-creative things. more often than writing i am reading or editing or working as a volunteer receptionist at an acupuncture clinic where i like to watch people dream with needles in them, or i am working some sort of food service industry job where i tend to do well for myself as i am good at appealing to middle class white people and convincing them to give me their money (this is a very handy skill i have!). i would i say i probably identify more as a do-er of these various things than i do as a ‘writer,’ but idk, identity is a hard thing, mostly i think i would prefer to not identify as anything at all?
Paul Hanson Clark is a poet and he does some drawings. He’s from Omaha, Nebraska and does SP_CE and once published a horrible joke poem of mine in a collection of love poems his group did last year. I met him earlier this year in Nashville, as we talk about below. The best place for him is his Tumblr or his Twitter.
Do you consider yourself a ‘writer’ or ‘artist’ or what?
i’m not sure. the first thing i identified as was a ‘writer’. but later i started identifying more as a ‘poet’. i’ve been making a lot of visual art lately but i don’t typically identify as an ‘artist’. sometimes i identify as an ‘artist’ in the broader sense, and generally when i read abt artists i admire, i relate to their lives, regardless of the field they’re working in. me and justin like to call musicians ‘joeys’ as a mild shittalk, but lately i’ve been writing songs a bit, so i’ve been jokingly identifying as a ‘joey’. if someone asks me ‘what i do’ creatively i will generally say ‘i’m a poet’ then add some brief explanation abt how i make drawings, write songs, other sh*t.
Do you feel any baggage with the word ‘poet’? I think I would. I feel it with the term “writer” like people don’t really believe you compared to saying something like “pharmacy tech.”
when you say you are a poet to some random person you don’t know, 99.999999% of the time a look of palpable hatred registers on their face for roughly half-a-second before they pretend to be interested for about 30 seconds, then you’ll probably never speak to that person again. i carry myself confidently as a poet, though. i think the expectation is you are supposed to be ashamed of your art and i try to thwart that when i’m existing as a social creature. i feel good about this. but don’t get me wrong, i don’t go around proclaiming myself to be a poet, and if i get the feeling someone is trying to engage with some kind of small talk re: what kind of work i do i’ll riff with them about where i work before i start riffing about my artistic interests.
Messaged approximately 5 people to go see this movie, no one could go
A few people asked me if I could go next week, but I can’t
Decided to go to the movie by ‘myself’
Am wearing blue Warby Parkers because I can’t wear my contacts for a week
Vaguely feel that wearing Warby Parkers is a ‘stereotypical’ fashion accessory for someone going to watch a movie about David Foster Wallace alone
Decide to park down the street from the independent movie theater and I walk by a hot dog restaurant, a tapas restaurant, a daycare, an Italian restaurant and a chicken finger restaurant
Seems like the tapas restaurant has the most people and I generally believe they don’t notice me walking down the sidewalk
I walk into the independent movie theater and pay for the ticket and then I walk directly into the movie theater and sit down in a center row by myself
There are approximately 12 people in the movie theater
I check my phone and turn off my phone
The lights go ‘dark’ and all of the trailers are about creepy kid horror movies, which made me think I went into the wrong movie
The movie starts in the year 2008 with the news that David Foster Wallace has committed suicide and the Jesse Eisenberg character picks up an iPhone but I cannot tell if it is an iPhone 1 or not
Always on the road, always writing, and always making, Jeremiah Walton and the Nostrovia! crew are poetry in the raw. They’re not afraid of where words might take us. I asked Jeremiah a bunch of stuff, but I forgot to ask about this. Go find him on Twitter and then pick up a book, why not.
Do you consider yourself a ‘writer’? like is that what you identify as?
When people ask me ‘what do you do,’ like in conversation with a stranger, I say, ‘I’m a poet.’ That’s what I focus on. Pretty much everything I do is centered around poetry at this point. The funky conversations it sparks are cool, too.
What are your main ‘outlets’ for writing? (social media, poetry, fiction…whatev else)
Writing poems, & street ciphers.
There’s intimate small group or one-on-one readings that happen as we travel. It’s a good feeling. There’s no stage. No boundaries. No one is better than anyone else, for reasons literary or otherwise. It’s human, people doing what they love, and sharing it with a spontaneous gathering.
Some friends and I, one cat traveling around the country in a short bus, my friend Neeko Ford, a hip hop artist I met in Tucson, and this awesome traveling poet named Clay Bugh all met up at Beast Crawl in Oakland. Clay and I were performing at different venues during the First Leg, and bumped into after performing outside of an open mic where they gave you a shot of bourbon to perform. We spent the night wandering around the Bay sharing poems and experiences and travel stories. The next morning, in San Francisco, we all sat around on the sidewalk for hours reading poetry and freestyling. We were in the Excelsior district. It was beautiful.