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.