I am primarily a poet but am often inspired to write short fiction also.
I believe we desperately need a literary scene for TODAY. Free of socioeconomic exclusions, free of gender, ethnic or racial labeling, and free of over academia. There is such a thing as too much of a thing and there is too much academic influence in poetry and literature today.
There are a lot more people in the world now than there were before, (duh) so there will be more writers. We can't dismiss writers as being too many. What we need is to get Americans reading again. And the reason Americans aren't reading is not due to a lack of good poetry or literature it's due to a lack of protest. We don't protest anything, not TV, not Internet, not bad politics, legislation, not anything. Protest spurs a thirst for knowledge and arts, literature.
My work has appeared in Connotation Press- An Online Artifact, Wilderness House Literary Review, Poets & Artists Magazine, Metazen, Atticus Review, and others. My fiction is included in the anthology "The Lost Children", a book of 30 short stories to benefit children's charities PROTECT and Children 1st U.K.
My chapbook, "Amores Gitanos (gypsy loves)" is available through Cervena Barva Press /
A native New Yorker, I now live and work in New Jersey where he i'm pursuing an MFA in Poetry and Poetry Translation at Drew University. You can follow me on Twitter at @thespokenmind. My website is www.robertocarlosgarcia.tumblr.com
Life. Living life makes me write. Everything life provides is a story. Life is the best literature. And no, don't ask me to be more specific. Think about the words.
Hemingway, Junot Diaz, Mark Strand, Willie Perdomo, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, The Beats (all of them), Neruda, Che Guevara, Jose Marti, Martin Espada, Taylor Mali, Carlo Boticchelli and it's really a much longer list.
Thank you for reading and commenting on "Reprisal," Roberto. I'm going to read something of yours right now!
Thanks for the message! How is your new position going?
Sequel! *putting hands over ears and running away* Thanks for commenting & faving "Yin and the Yang".
Roberto, I appreciate the comment and the fav on "Honor Grade." I'm glad you liked it.
Hi Roberto, thanks so much for reading and praising my latest.
Thanks, Roberto for reading "With a Hint of God." I've been working on my longer stories so I've been posting less on Fictionaut. This one I wrote as a palate cleanser. Don't know if it's anything yet but we'll see.
Thank you, Roberto, for commenting on "Milkshake & Fries" & for your kindness-always.
Hey, I meant " Hi, Roberto" Got to keep it real. :)
Thanks for faving "Lover." Glad you enjoyed it.
Thanks so much for the warm welcome, Berto!
Thanks so much for commenting on "Mixtape", Roberto. I replied on the page but don't know if people check back for replies. I wrote: Some of my earliest memories are of listening to my mother gossiping with friends and family. Conversations have always riveted me.
"And the reason Americans aren't reading is not due to a lack of good poetry or literature it's due to a lack of protest."
"And the reason Americans aren't reading is not due to a lack of good poetry or literature it's due to a lack of protest."
Bravo! And the response of libraries, bookstores, academia is to dumb it all down another couple of notches. They seem to believe that if they could just make it all bland, frivolous and false enough for we the morons to grasp...sigh.
Thanks, Roberto, for faving "Rattlesnake Pancakes." Glad you liked the poem!
Thanks, Roberto. Thanks.
Thanks for the read on Parking Garage, Roberto. Glad to see you around here!
Thanks for faving "Never Enough" fellow Bukowski-ite.
Roberto, I appreciate your kind comment on "Immiscibility." So glad you took the time to read and enjoy. Means a lot.
Cheers very much, Roberto, for your enthusiasm for "Garden of Earthly Delights" - especially so as I see you dislike academic influence - does art referencing count as "academia"? I like to think not, being a working class lass myself.
Thanks for faving "She Waited for Him," Roberto! Appreciate it!
Hi, Roberto. Thanks for reading, 'Pitspits.' I greatly appreciate your comment and *.
Thanks, Roberto...the novel will be finished by the end of next year or so I keep telling myself...
Thanks so much for reading The Burka, and for your good words.
I very much appreciate your comments on "Soliloquoy on Ma"--they mean a lot to me. Thank you.
Hi Roberto - thanks for the comment and fave on "Cloudy..." Maybe the two of you will meet up one day...
Thank you for your comment on "I, said, he, I." and for making it one of your favorites.
Hi Roberto, thanks so much for reading and faving "Baby, Baby.." I really appreciate it!
Glad you like "Fish Boil." Thanks for commenting. Check one out one day--I'm sure it will inspire a poem or two in you!
Yeah. Mamouns was my very first falafel. You never forget your first.
Hi. Loved the four Haiku. Just drifted down to MacDougal street the other night and scored a falafel but with a Coke.
thanks for the comment/fave on the dictator piece, roberto, i appreciate it greatly.
Hi Roberto. Thank you so much for reading my Measure and liking it. It is nice to meet you and I look forward to seeing your work. Best, HM
Roberto, Great comment about "Hot Dish." Thank you!
Roberto, I am trying to contact you regarding your story for the Lost Children challenge. Please contact me on facebook at facebook.com/thomaspluck or via the contact form on my blog at www.pluckyoutoo.com
Hi, Roberto. Thanks for reading 'A Life of My Own.' I greatly appreciate your insightful comment.
I might just have to take you up on your offer to read a "Lettie" novel. Or maybe I should say your inspiring comment :) Thanks!
Roberto thanks so much for what you said about my story "kid", yes, horrible things go on in this world. I hope you are doing well!
roberto, thank you for your kind comment on "before the bloodbath". glad this worked for you!
Roberto so happy that "the question" is a piece that spoke to you and I appreciate your sweet comments.
"inspirare inspiratorem pulchrum est"—i totally made that up but it's true: it is lovely to inspire the inspiring. and inspiring is a form of breathing, isn't it. thank you for commenting on "ginger"!
Roberto, you are a prince of a fellow. Thank you for both the suggestion and the fav for "The Bicycle."
thank you for your warmth toward my story "Strawberry Trees" Roberto! m.
Roberto - uber-thanks for the read and comment on Burn, Baby, Burn. Always appreciate a word from you.
Thank you for your super comment on my Ornamental Onion XXX
Thanks for the fave and comment on "Traitor". Always glad to hear from you.
thank you roberto for commenting on "in the nude". i can recommend italy though i don't think i'll go back there again. the memories.
Hey Roberto, glad 'Ambiguity' gave you a laugh :) Thanks!
Roberto, thanks for taking time to read 'Bukowski', and for the fave. Noted your profile comment about academic influence- Big yeah to that. Check out my 'Remarkable Depths of Semantic Ambiguity' sometime, hopefully you'll have a laugh :)
I so appreciated your commentary on "The Mariner's Daughter" and love the sentiments you expressed in your "About Me" section. I look forward to reading your work.
What's up, Roberto? Thanks a lot for reading, commenting and recommending my halitosis. My story entitled "Halitosis," that is.
Thanks so much for your comments on "Zhou Yu". It was my first post here and yours was my first comment so I really appreciated your kind comments. I very much liked your "On China" and was going to comment earlier this evening but was feeling a little shy and awkward. I'll go and comment now! :)
Wow, thank you Roberto.
Roberto, yes, Roberto! I must have had Ramon Collins in mind for some reason when I commented. That's good; it proves that I read for the story and not the author I guess! Been enjoying your stuff!
Thanks for the fave, Roberto!
Thank you, Roberto, for the fave and the comment on "David Foster Wallace meets the sage Lao Tse in a strange place."
Thanks for faving "The Truth Will Out." The sources of inspiration are strange indeed!
Thanks for faving "Son of Goya," Roberto. Really appreciate it!
Roberto, you picked my favorite lines, which makes me incredibly happy. Thanks for reading.
Roberto, thanks so much for Ringing, and remember-- nobody can steal your lines, your lines are too good!
Thanks for your comments, Roberto. Appreciated greatly!
Thanks for your comment on "Wave". More, thanks for writing what you did in the "About Me" section here.
Roberto - thanks for the read/comment on "Liplorn". Story needs a lot of work maybe one day I'll let Lucinda run wild. ;)
Roberto - thanks for looking back into some of my relatively older posts 7 your comments on them. I like to go back also, so much here the new ones zip by, and I am in a sporadic f'naut phase, as what happens when other duties prevail. Like your profile comments. I can like a lot of things, but not pretention. Appreciate - Walt
Thanks, Roberto, for your comment on and fave of "George." Much appreciated!
Oooo, taboo, good work. Thanks Roberto for reading "Solar Plexus". Uber-appreciated.
hello roberto---thanks very much for the lovely comments on "the troupe"...it feels like something new may come of it but i'm still feeling my way into whatever it might be. so it's lovely to know that this piece works.
Thanks for the feedback! That damn Shakespeare – he introduced me to both lust and love :)
Roberto, glad you liked my cowboy story. Thanks!
Hey, Roberto, thanks for the kind words re my little poem. Coming from a real poet like yourself, it means a lot.
Hi, Roberto. Thanks for reading 'Disgeneration.' I appreciate the fave. I like what you say about literature and protest in your statement above.
Thanks for commenting on my Flash, Dream House.
Thank you, Roberto for your suggestion on "randy the ram"..that small change really helped :)
Roberto please forgive my lateness in thanking you for "Idiotsky" I really appreciate your words, particularly since you are a fan of Chekhov stories! cheers & happy new year! susan
a little late but i wanted to thank you for your very kind comment on "le sucre brun". novella is in the works...cheers!
Roberto - thanks for the cool comment on "I Like It". I love your take and feedback. Cheers!
Roberto, I'm so glad you enjoyed Idiotsky. I had so much fun writing it. As an actor, I did a number of Chekhov plays so the dialogue was very easy for me to incorporate into story form. Happy New Year!
Roberto, thanks for the comment on and fave of "Mussel Memory." Really appreciate it.
Roberto - I'd love to be at that holiday party! Thanks for reading "Help Me Own You".
Thank you for reading Admission and for the *. Much appreciated.
Roberto - awesome comments and suggestions for "Lay On Me". Really appreciate it. Cheers, Jules.
Thanks for your comment about Scene Change. I need all the encouragement I can get!
Roberto, I'm so glad, appointment entertained you. Thanks for reading!
Thank you for reading The Clinic. If you want to volunteer, its never too late.
Thanks for reading Alice Sundew. Glad you liked it.
Many thanks for your comments about Harbinger. Thanks for reading!
Roberto - thank you for reading Medicine and for your kind words there!
re: the loudest loud -- let's buy a ticket now!
p.s. many thanks for the comment/read.
Roberto! I could give you a big ol' kiss for picking out my two characters! Wow are we in sync or what? Anyways...thank you immensley for commenting on and reading and faving "John & Cathy Come Home".
Thanks for commenting on "Waveform"...much appreciated.
Thanks, Roberto. Appreciate the comment on "Knot Eye."
Thank you, Roberto!
Thank you for reading my story 'Abandon'! Looking forward to reading your work here as well.
Thanks for your thoughtful comments on A,B,C!!! I appreciate your time and inspires me to write more!
Hi Folks, just revised a poem I had previously put up here if anyone cares to read and comment. Poets House, NYC
Thank you for reading Cowgirl. Glad you liked it.
Thanks for commenting on the Orange Julius poem. Glad you liked it!
Roberto, thank you so much for your comments on Lavender.
Thank you for your comment on "while we sleep" Roberto. It's given me some thoughts as to how I might expand it if I go in that direction. I am very much on board with your views and I like your list of favorite authors. Though I've read a couple of them, your list is a good resource for more exploration. (I love Strand, Marquez, Neruda.) It'd be fun to see all of your faves. Best wishes -- Q
Thank you so much for the nice comment on my story earlier today, it made my morning much brighter. :)
Roberto - thank you very much for your comment on The Drunk Elephant. Frisco is cool, yeah. I feel lucky to live here (but would feel more lucky if it weren't more expensive). You are kind, and thank you so much for reading and getting the piece. warmly, meg
Roberto, thanks so much for reading and faving Wolves and Butterflies. I write about health and medical issues (largely), and my Nana's lupus was a a constant in my 40 years of knowing her. She struggled with the disease yet managed to live life at full-tilt. I miss her.
I haven't 'seen' you before here (though I've been sketchy around here myself lately) and will take time to read your postings later today/tonight. Peace...
hello roberto...i wanted to tell you first thanks for the reads and comments but mostly thanks because you are the only person who consistently gets that my stuff is written to be performed. it's all about being read aloud....it's music...microtonal music...working my way toward opera for real. it pleases me to no end that you already see it.
Thanks for the read and fave for The Dancing Lady. Its a work in progress, so I'm thrilled you liked the first draft very much.
Thanks for the comment on No Goodbyes! Glad you liked it.
Thanks so much for your commentary on "Ghosts". Very flattering. I look forward to reading your work. Glad to see you here.
Thanks, Roberto, for the Fave. And I couldn't agree more with your comments above! So keep on writing freely!
Many thanks for your comment on "Just a Mountain". Glad it was relatable and I appreciate you reading.
thanks for the comment on Escalation! I will come back here soon to peek at your work too. Looking forward. Very much.
Roberto, thanks for your insights into "Enid's Hat, Joyce's Youth."
Thanks for reading 'Falling' Roberto. Glad you liked it. Kate
Roberto, thanks for reading and commenting on "Firecrackers." Much appreciated!
roberto - txs for yer comment on 'you said it'. i'm looking forward to reading and commenting "the middle age" but i won't get to it today...love the beginning though. cheerio, marcus
Thank you for your comments, Roberto. Very much appreciated!
Thanks for commenting on my story. I don't have time to read yours at the moment but I'll come back later in the week to return the favour. I don't think I'll ever be a poet myself but I really appreciate the feedback. Regards, Robyn
Thanks for your comment on 'Place de la Revolution', Roberto. It's much appreciated!
Thanks for reading and commenting on "Flush". Glad you liked it!
Thanks for the comment you left on my manuscript excerpt. It has really helped to re-inspire me to keep going with that particular story.
I agree very much with what you say here about the need to get Americans reading again. I read to my children every night and though I'm not a perfect parent, that is one thing I'm proud of above almost everything else.
Thanks, Roberto, for the nice comment on my story "Gateway Love". Yes, I read a lot of Kurt Vonnegut growing up -- along with Poe and Lenny Bruce. That explains a lot about me.
Thanks for the comment!