with Jesse Domingos:
Q1: When did you start writing and first influences?
Jesse: My first influences were Poe and Lord Byron. Poe first because he was so different from Shakespeare or the overly mocked love poems that you hear in school. Lord Byron after because I loved his love for life, and love poems. I first started writing in 9th grade with an end rhyming flash/short story of a teacher and from there I was writing free verse poems.
Q2: Who are your biggest influences today?
Today Etheridge Knight, Tara Skurtu, Edgar Kunz and Charles Bukowski
I can’t just pick one I am either thinking about the images they expose or reading them
Q3: Where did you grow up and how did that influence your writing? Have any travels away from home influence your work/describe?
Jesse: I grew up in a small town in California called Templeton, it influenced me in a way that I now look at things and pick things out of whatever I’m looking at whether it be a situation, the place I am in, people watching and everything around me. When I joined the Coast Guard I traveled around the country a little and that added more variety of what I could pick from and really opened my voice up to say something with it.
Q4: What do you consider your most meaningful work you’ve done creatively so far?
Q5: Any pivotal moment when you knew you wanted to be a writer/poet?
Jesse: I wanted to be a writer first and as I went to college getting my degree I saw that I was more inclined to write poetry. It was always there but I felt like it was the type of writing that I would not only excel at in college but was what I felt was my calling, as cheesy as it sounds.
Q6: Favorite activities to relax?
Jesse: I like to watch movies, listen to my Spotify playlists, play DnD, walking around, drink coffee, video games and reading books (poetry and fiction/Non fiction)
Q7: Any recent or forthcoming projects you’d like to promote?
Jesse: The latest publication that I’ve had was in the Literary magazine Little Stone Journal issue 02 https://www.littlestonejournal.co.uk/journal , my Poem “I Swear”. It’s a great magazine run by the wonderful Suzanne Antelme and Dana Collins.
Q8: One of your favorite lines from a poem of yours?
She says with tears,
“I can’t think about space too much. It bums me out.”
Then I say,
“Don’t worry it’s just a sky of dead light up there, nothing matters, only us down here.”
And I cry with her.
“Give us Days Give us Nights”, published in Adelaide Literary Award Anthology: Poetry 2019
Q9: Who has helped you most with writing?
Professor Micheal Sowder of Utah State University, Tara Skurtu my writing coach and both are fellow poets.