#FeatureFriday – Joseph Milford

Take a break, get inspired, and learn a bit more about Joseph Milford. Here is our twist on an interview.

 

  • A quote that inspires you:

“Any healthy man can go without food for two days – but not without poetry.” Charles Baudelaire

 

  • Your writing process described as a song: 

My process tends to be a bit sporadic, fighting for time while teaching and working odd jobs, but it mainly consists of me reading from a few different books of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, at random and simultaneously, to ingest voices, glean from voices, and to provide friction from my own voice. At that point I start typing or scribbling in a notebook, hoping for the best or for some sense of congealed flow that I have become accustomed to recognize over the years from practicing this craft. This is generally my vibe…

  • You’re a writer so tell us with your words why you write. But please don’t bore us:

The truth behind this might be too much information for most people, but, when I was growing up, I loved to draw—I drew characters and comic strips constantly—I was even elected “Most Talented” my senior year for my art, etc. My stepfather, one day, destroyed all of my art in an attempt to inspire me to play sports because creating art and drawing was too “effeminate” for him—I had a copy of Leaves of Grass, given to me by my grandmother, and I guess in the need to express myself in a place that was safe, I started writing poems in the margins [what few margin spaces Whitman provides], because I knew that my stepfather would never think to open one of my books. In any event, this writing became intrinsic to me, and I soon found myself obsessed with it and with the idea of honing my expression with words and metaphors—ultimately, for me, writing became even more powerful as a means of fulfilling my creativity than what I could do with visual art.

  • What is a recent story or poem you’ve had published elsewhere that we should read?

 I have recently published several poems at the wonderful journal Otoliths 

 

Joseph Victor Milford is a Professor of English and a Georgia writer. His first collection of poems, Cracked Altimeter, was published by BlazeVox Press in 2010. He is the host of The Joe Milford Poetry Show, a co-founder of BACKLASH PRESS, and the editor of RASPUTIN: A Poetry Thread (a literary journal of poetry).

 

 

Website: http://jmilford2005.wix.com/josephvmilfordpoet

Facebook: Joe Milford

Twitter: @joemilfordpoet

 

 

See you next week with another not-so-typical interview.

 

One thought on “#FeatureFriday – Joseph Milford

  1. When it comes to having to hide your writing, I’m right there with you. I wrote my entire life but didn’t tell ANYONE until 2 years ago, at the age of 34, when I began to submit the 20 year’s worth of notebooks and random pads and pieces of paper I had accumulated, and got my first acceptance letter from, ironically enough, BlazeVOX. I REALLY wish I had started submitting sooner. With me it wasn’t something that was frowned upon at all. I was just put through daily humiliation by the snobby stuck up kids I went to school with from 6-12 grade and EVERYTHING was embarrassing to me back then. My mom actually found one of my notebooks once and I just told her it was song lyrics I had written down. As far as your song choice, Radiohead’s very first song, “Creep,” was released when I was in 8th grade and it was like the perfect anthem as far as how I felt at the time. I actually don’t know if I would have made it out alive if it hadn’t been for songs like Alice in Chains “Rotten Apple,” “I Stay Away” or “Nutshell” and Nirvana’s “Something in the Way.” I used to get so angry when I saw the “popular kids” walking down the hall with an AIC or Nirvana or Tool shirt on. They could NOT relate to those songs like I could. Sorry to ramble. I really dig this cover though. Never heard it before. It’s back from the olden days when Radiohead used to make music with guitars. I wish they’d start doing that again. Lol. Great interview. Loved it.

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