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).
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