A Fevers of the Mind Quick-9 Interview with Michael Igoe

with Michael Igoe:

Q1: When did you start writing and first influences?

Michael: I started writing at about 15 or 16. I had little interest until then, I was encouraged by a musician buddy to do this. What I was reading was mostly trashy detective stories and horror, sci-fi.

Q2: Who are your biggest influences today?

Michael: A lot of what I see and hear is contemporary work- Joy Harjo, Jericho Brown. I still revere the beat poets, especially Corso and Ginberg. Surrealism, Dada, and Symbolists are about as far back as I go. I’ve heard that “an artist is true to the times.” So be it.

Q3: Where did you grow up and how did that influence your writing? Have any travels away from home influence your work?

Michael: I grew up on the South Side of Chicago which is a pretty fabled place for childhood. It definitely had a great influence, at one point I spent a lot of time portraying neighborhoods and people in them.

Q4: What do you consider the most meaningful work you’ve done creatively so far?

Michael: I have a few favorites from my own work. One of them is in that great anthology, Avalanches in Poetry

Q5: Any pivotal moment when you knew you wanted to be a writer?

Michael: I think because of the way I was brought up I shied away from identifying myself as an artist. It happened by default.

Q6: Favorite activities to relax?

Michael: I study Tai Chi and it has aided me immensely.

Q7: Any recent or forthcoming projects you’d like to promote?

Michael: No! I send out submissions; that’s all. I write for the people I’m with.

Q8: What is a favorite line/stanza from one of your poems or others/Favorite artwork?

Michael: “Nighthawks” the Hopper painting. I had a reproduction on the wall at college.

Q9: Who has helped you most with writing?

Michael: I have to say the late Allen Ginsberg. I corresponded with him for 2 years. I showed up at his Institute in Boulder and met up with him again when he read at Harvard.

Links:

Wolfpack Contributor Bio: Michael Igoe

2 new Poems by Michael Igoe : Think of It As Fire & Subdue

Poems from Anthologies & new poems from Michael Igoe

Poems by Michael Igoe : “In Certain Climates” & “Elliptical”

2 new poems by Michael Igoe :”Inborn” & “Funeral Lilies”

2 Poems False Prophet & Violet Contact by Michael Igoe

Twitter: @MichaelIgoe5

https://www.dustpoetry.co.uk/post/lake-tomahawk-by-michael-igoe

https://lothlorienpoetryjournal.blogspot.com/2021/01/three-poems-by-michael-igoe.html

https://thepoetryquestion.com/2019/10/30/tpq5-michael-igoe/

https://www.sledgehammerlit.com/post/brass-monkey-by-michael-igoe

https://idleink.org/2020/04/04/origin-by-michael-igoe/

https://ephemeralelegies.com/2020/05/25/thin-disguise-by-michael-igoe/

By davidlonan1

David writes poetry, short stories, and writings that'll make you think or laugh, provoking you to examine images in your mind. To submit poetry, photography, art, please send to feversofthemind@gmail.com. Twitter: @davidLOnan1 + @feversof Facebook: DavidLONan1

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