Interview: Open Book Toronto

October 16, 2015

Here’s an interview I did with Open Book Toronto about Diversion and the ideas behind it.

I started recording ALL my thoughts instead of just the ones that came from those moments of epiphany that sometimes led to poems. The rush of ideas and thoughts was enormous, but of course, the vast majority of them were idiotic, or profane, or pornographic, or otherwise horrifying to me. My mind was sometimes pinging off the works of Seamus Heaney and sometimes off the works of Taylor Swift. Sometimes I had an idea while watching a sitcom, other times while watching a cat video, other times while shopping Amazon, other times while watching porn, and still other times while listening to my kids talk about Nintendo. I decided to keep it all – the good, the bad, and the ugly — and see what came of it. And a sort of aphorism-like poetry came out of it.

Now, obviously I didn’t mean to suggest I’m a porn watcher (I bet my SEO is doing great right now!), but rather that pop-up porn is a thing that happens when clicking through from random websites. Clearly I need to read my interviews over before I let them be published. 🙂


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