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The Speak Easy

Posted in INTERVIEWS, THE SPEAK EASY, Uncategorized with tags , on January 31, 2010 by Scot

How much revision goes into your work?

Todd Moore: Some, not much.

Misti Rainwater-Lites:
I revise as I go along. But sometimes, not often, I revise poems years later.

A.D. Winans:
Most of my poems are spontaneous and require little if any revision, but as I have grown older, I find myself going back over old poems and revising them.  It’s most dropping lines or maybe adding something, or changing line breaks, things like this.

Hosho McCreesh:
I hand-write or type the first draft; I make changes on that draft; a few days later I go back to it &, if I still like it, I re-type it into the computer…making changes or cuts as I do; I look at it one last time before I start submitting it…so what goes out is a 3rd or 4th draft, I’d say. I try not to stray too far from the original thrust though–& don’t believe in heavy re-writes after long periods of time. If the poem doesn’t get accepted somewhere–I either retire it, or scrap it–saving only the strong lines I like. I’d rather try to write the same poem 5 times then work & rework the first version into spoiled milk.
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Posted in THE SPEAK EASY with tags , on January 4, 2010 by Scot

Rusty Truck: How often do you participate in readings/are they important in the promotion of poetry?

Todd Moore: Reading poetry to strangers for nothing is a mug’s game.  Whenever I get the itch for a little pain, I do it.

William Taylor Jr. Reading are a good way to introduce your work to a wider audience.  Of course, that only works if people actually show up.  I like reading my work, and listening to the audience reaction can be a good way to judge whether or not your poems are doing what you meant for them to do.

Chris Toll: Get out there and read in public. Often. Read where people adore you. Read where everyone is drunk and ignoring you. Read.

Father Luke: Funny about that. I seem to rub people the wrong way. I was born in Santa Cruz, California. Santa Cruz is kind of a trendy little poetry corner now, with both the Small Press and the Large. The small press poets are much better, which is usually the case.
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Hosho McCreesh–“poetry is everyday…”

Posted in INTERVIEWS with tags , , on January 3, 2010 by Scot

The small press is full of pretty good poets.  Most fit into some category, offer up some persona–  some image of toughness, craziness, some sort of dysfunctional characteristic. Today it is easier to do that with the internet.  In my search, I run across a lot of good poetry, but a lot of the time the voice could be belong to anyone and despite wanting the coveted image to come through, a fakeness prevails.  Perhaps one of today’s best small press poets, William Taylor Jr. pointed me  in the direction of Hosho McCreesh, and listed him as one of his favorites.  I picked up his seventh book, For All These Wretched, Beautiful, & Insignificant Things So Uselessly & Carelessly Destroyed sat down on my front porch Adirondack poured a glass of cheap wine and took a look at life through Hosho’s eyes.  It was like seeing fine art for the first time.  The voice came out of this book unique and fresh and certainly one I could identify with.  It is like McCreesh says,

a secret truth only our
drunken gods can
know or keep
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Sitting Down With Some Small Press Poets

Posted in INTERVIEWS with tags , on January 2, 2010 by Scot

To begin celebrating the 1 year anniversary of The Rusty Truck I am reprinting some poetry and interviews .  To read this online chapbook it is best to select  FULL  SCREEN and click on right arrow.  This will allow the technology to function properly.

The archived Interviews and poetry with A.D. Winans, Christopher Robin, MK Chavez, William Taylor Jr., Misti Rainwater-Lites, and Miles Bell.

I will add others to this category asap.