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

  • A quote that inspires you:

  • Your writing process described as a song: American Nightmare – There’s A Black Hole In The Shadows…
  • You’re a writer so tell us with your words why you write. But please don’t bore us:

The ultimate goal is to communicate the most deep-rooted thoughts and intimate emotions that I hold, the ones that can not so easily be put into words during in-person, real-time communication, in an engaging, effective, and creative manner. There’s a desire to articulate my views and elaborate on the observations I’ve made of the peculiar, and often trying world that I find myself in. I essentially write to express myself in a more thoughtful manner than everyday interaction allows. I actually wrote a poem about this for the last zine I put out. Below is a slightly edited version of that one:

The Reason Why

To get noticed
to get famous

because you need to
because there is no other form
to expressions so pure and true

so intimate.

To articulate the pleasure of flesh
or the ineffable agony of sheer existence
to caress the heart; assault the mind.

To remain in motion
during intervals of overwhelming stagnancy

dictating the observations
of a vanishing landscape.

To plant a garden
before the untimely and unwelcome arrival
of Death.

To destroy completely all prior notions.

To reinvent the soul and soothe the spirit
to savor and relate
the human experience.

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

“Rose Tattoo” published in Forth Magazine

PJ Carmichael is a writer, noise musician, and outdoors enthusiast from Wakefield, Massachusetts. He finds himself alternating between immersion in the forestry of New England and observation of the sights and sounds of its cities. He is currently working on finding the balance between vice and virtue.


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

About the Author Grace Black

Grace Black mingles with words as she navigates this realm.

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