I began writing poetry seriously, with passion and commitment, and not a trifling amount of delirium, circa 1966. Le bateau ivre, by Arthur Rimbaud, was my Rubicon. No turning back. Ironic. Considering that Rimbaud stopped writing at age 21. But that's another story. You can read about it in my novel Souls Of Wind. Which is a false story, but a true story, and a riproaring adventure.
I am married to a poet, Roberta Olson, and we live with a cat named Toby who loves high-protein treats, sleeping, watching squirrels, lying on my lap, and chewing my hand.
At this current time, I worry greatly for the welfare of our planet. Human consciousness baffles me.
I have no idea why I write. Fewer and fewer people seem to read. I write from compulsion. I am driven to write. It is a joy in the moment. A frustration when I try to get it to the public.
Proust, Baudelaire, Rimbaud, Poe, Breton, Bachelard, Royet-Journod, Tzara, Shakespeare, Whitman, Dickinson, McClure, Dylan, Michaux, Lamantia, Barthes, Derrida, Thoreau, Emerson, Reverdy, Apollinaire, Cendrar, Roussel, Ponge, Ashbery, Padgett, Koch, O'Hara. And Gertrude Stein.
À la recherche du temps perdu, Moby Dick, Huckleberry Finn, Tender Buttons, Le Pére Goriot, Le parti pris des choses, Poisson soluble, Anthologie de l'humour noir, Maldoror, Montaigne Essais, Manifestes du surréalisme, Impressions d'Afrique, Les champs magnétiques, The Selected Letters of John Keats, Shakespeare's plays, The Cantos of Ezra Pound, The Maximus Poems, The Dada Painters and Poets.
Congratulations on your recent well-deserved win in the FlameThrower Short Story Contest!
Congratulations on winning the FlameFlower Short Story Contest John. http://flameflower.weebly.com/
you also love the color purple! and i love your blog! added it to <a href="http://marcusspeh.com">Nothing To Flawnt</a>. cheers!
Hello again, John!
A belated welcome to Fictionaut. I love "Speeding down the Freeway. . ." When I was a teenager I used to dance to ZZ Top, who played regularly at a club on the old grounds of an Air Force base outside Roswell, NM.
Hi John, welcome to the wonderful techno-color world of Fictionaut! Plunge on in.
Welcome, John - come WRITE in, the fiction pool is fine!