A Fevers of the Mind Quick-9 Interview with R.M. Engelhardt

with R.M. Engelhardt

  1. When did you start writing and first influences and biggest influences currently?

I grew up with a reading problem. So from a very young age I was put in “special reading classes” which ironically made me a voracious reader later who overcompensated by my love for Stephen King books and LOTR. I started writing about the age of 14 because I hurt my knee playing football and they kept me out of gym class. I kept a notebook and was heavily influenced by stories from comic books, Greek myths, pulp fiction Bantam novels and Jim Morrison & The Doors. And after reading his biography ” Nobody Gets Out of Here Alive” was eventually led down the path to Rimbaud, Blake and many other poets. Over the years my writing form & style has changed up alot and has become more at peace with itself. These days I am more influenced, interested more in mysticism & life events which alter my work more than anything else.

Q2: Any pivotal moment when you knew you wanted to be a writer?

A part of me wanted to be a journalist in high school. Who also wanted to be a rock station DJ and a novelist as well as the lead singer in a band and a doctor. But after exploring all those avenues it was poetry that came to me which I sent out to zines in the early 1990s and that got published. So after having a poem published next to a drawing by Ferlinghetti in 94 in Sure! The Charles Bukowski Newsletter I decided that it’s what I wanted to do. Write.

Q3: Who has helped you most with writing?

Other, older poets whom I’ve met over the years with words of advice. Writers I’ve met briefly like Jim Harrison as well as feedback from writer friends who have been editors. One primarily? An indie bookstore owner named Bill Nelson. But mostly? Inspiration and moments that have just come to me from many places have guided my voice & work in it’s own direction. To it’s own place.

Q4: Where did you grow up and how did that influence your writing & did any travels away from home influence your work?

I grew up in a suburban blue collar part of Albany NY called Colonie where in high school you were either a jock, a musician or an honor student. I was just a very quiet kid who liked to read 800 page books in the library. I did have some great English teachers though who encouraged me. I suppose that trips to Boston, NYC & especially Salem, road trips truly inspired me in many ways.

Q5: What do you consider your most meaningful work you’ve done creatively so far to you?

In my some 30 years as a writer I’ve put out over 18 or so books and in that time I’ve written everything from bar poems to Buddha. The poems/books that I personally look back on were the ones that literally came to me from nowhere. My books like ” DarkLands” ” Logos” & ” We Rise Like Smoke”, even ” The Resurrection Waltz” all had one similar factor in common. Loss. Probably the most devestating and yet most powerful instigator of writing.

Q6: Favorite activities to relax?

Not many. Writing is actually one of my forms of relaxation. That and reading.

Q7: What is a favorite line/stanza from a writing of yours or others? Or share a link to a favorite artwork or music video.

My own? A quote.

“Remember. Materialism is just another bullshit faith. Poetry is fucking alchemy”

Other?

“Pulvis et umbra sumus”

“We are all but dust and shadows”

~ Horace

Q8: What kind of music do you enjoy? Favorite musical artists, influences, songs that inspire.

I still listen to alot of what I consider my older core bands. ( Like The Doors, Joy Division) But I still love music by The Swans, Interpol, Type O Negative, The Church, Bauhaus, Dead Can Dance, Dax Riggs, 1920s Blues, Robert Johnson, John Coltrane. Celtic music, David Bowie. There’s inspiration in all of them.

Q9: Any recent or forthcoming projects that you’d like to promote?

My new book is ” We Rise Like Smoke, Poems Psalms & Incantations” which is available on Amazon right now and I’ve started a new open mic for poets here in Albany NY called “Invocation of The Muse”
On the side I’m also the Editor of DeadMansPressInk which is a small independent poetry press that publishes new & old poets alike. I love reading other poets work and creating spaces where they can share it.

Bonus Question: Are there any funny memories that you can recall during your writing journey or creative journey?

There’s a few. Years ago I met and smoked cigarettes with Jim Harrison during an intermission. He was hilarious. Met a very very drunk Jim Carroll ( who I argued with) RIP. And did a shot of tequila with Anne Waldman at a party. That just about covers it. The journey still continues. There are more shots with poets left to do.

1st person Bio:

My name is R.M. Engelhardt and I’m inquiring about being a featured interview, featured poet in Fevers of The Mind. I’ve been on and a part of the Albany NY poetry scene for almost 30 years now running open mics for poetry, doing benefits etc and I’ve been published in over 400 journals & zines (Paper & Internet). 
I’m the original founder of the group Albany Poets and I am currently the editor of a small independent poetry press called “Dead Man’s Press ink” and also I now host a brand new open mic for all poets & writers here in Albany called “Invocation of The Muse” at The Fuze Box on the 1st Monday Evening of each month. “We Rise Like Smoke Poems Psalms Incantations” is my new book of work Published by DeadMansPressInk (2021) which I am currently promoting. I also run a group on Facebook called The Central Muse Division.
https://www.amazon.com/RISE-LIKE-SMOKE-MYTHOS-R-M-ENGELHARDT/dp/B099BYN9T3/ref=mp_s_a_1_3?qid=1636597347&refinements=p_27%3AR.M.+ENGELHARDT&s=books&sr=1-3&text=R.M.+ENGELHARDT

https://albanypoets.com/2021/09/the-half-dead-poet-review-upon-the-new-rise-resurrection-of-pagan-poetry/

https://fb.watch/9cdmMjsYCD/

www.gentlemanoutsider.com
https://deadmanspressink.wordpress.com/

https://youtube.com/c/RMEngelhardt

Interview with EIC David L O’Nan with Anastasia Abboud on Grains of Sand : About how I write, my weird thoughts and a few of my revised Cohen Avalanches in Poetry Poems.

Click the link below to check it out 🙂

https://www.anastasiaabboud.com/grainsofsand/interview-poet-david-l-onan

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About Editor David L O’Nan

David L O’Nan has been writing poetry & short stories for 20 years.   He is founder and editor in chief of Fevers of the Mind Poetry & Art Press with his wife HilLesha.  We have released 5 Anthologies of poetry & art since 2019.   He has also Curated & edited “Avalanches in Poetry: Writings & Art Inspired by Leonard Cohen” which he’s about to work on a 2nd Leonard Cohen Inspired Anthology “Before I Turn Into Gold” coming in late September 2021.   His books include the Revised version of “The Famous Poetry Outlaws are Painting Walls and Whispers” and his other self-published works are available on Amazon. “New Disease Streets”, “The Cartoon Diaries”, “Taking Pictures in the Dark” “Lost Reflections” “Our Fears in Tunnels” The original Famous Poetry Outlaws are Painting Walls and Whispers is also still available. His work has appeared in Icefloe Press, Anti-Heroin Chic Magazine, Royal Rose Magazine, Dark Marrow/Rhythm & Bones Lit, Truly U, Spillwords, Punk Noir Magazine, Eat the Storms Podcast, Cajun Mutt Press features, Ghost City Press, 3 moon Publishing, Elephants Never, Nymphs Publishing, and of course at www.feversofthemind.com


	

A Fevers of the Mind Quick-9 Interview with Chris L. Butler

with Chris L. Butler (@CLBPoetry)

Q1: When did you start writing and first influences and biggest influences currently?

Chris: I began my writing journey in the nineties as a child. I was mostly a notebook poet growing up. I rarely wrote nonfiction outside of journaling. In my teens, I was more prone to writing short stories, fanfiction, poems, and raps. As I got into my twenties I knew I wanted to write more poetry, but I also grew an interest in nonfiction through blogging. After a sports blog and a pop culture blog, I shifted fully into poetry and creative nonfiction as primary genres.

Q2: Any pivotal moment when you knew you wanted to be a writer?

Chris: I’ve always wanted to be a writer. I did not take it seriously though until a few years ago. Prior to this, it was more of a hobby or creative outlet. Even when I was blogging (2011-2018), I was not holding myself accountable in the way that I am now.

Q3: Who has helped you most with writing?

Chris: I’m not sure there is a “most” for anyone as far as direct help goes. I’ve been blessed with a village. What I will say is, I have writers and editors who I’ve connected with that have helped me grow. Some that come to mind are Randall Horton, Quintin Collins, Laure-Anne Bosselaar, Iain Haley Pollock, Daniel Peña, Jane Creighton, Denzel X. Scott, Lynne Schmidt, Samantha Jones, Reggie Johnson, and Anne Marie Oomen. On the editing side definitely Christopher Margolin, Bradley Galimore, and Jeni De la O.

Q4: Where did you grow up and how did that influence your writing & did any travels away from home influence your work?

Chris: I love this question because it is more direct than “where are you from?” I was born and raised in West Philadelphia. It has influenced my writing a great deal as I’ve published a poem called “It’s Not Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” and a genre buster called “JAWN: A Philadelphian Lyric.” Travels away from home don’t influence my work as much as some others but that is probably because I’ve lived a lot of places. These places have inspired new work.

Q5: What do you consider your most meaningful work you’ve done creatively so far to you?

Chris: At this stage in my career, I would have to say my micro-chapbook BLERD: ’80s BABY, ’90s KID (Daily Drunk Press, 2021). I co-won my first contest when this was a manuscript, and it has created so many beautiful memories for me since that. For example, I got to perform on various virtual stages with writers like Mahogany Browne, Khalisa Rae, and Meg Pillow. This chapbook was also listed as one of the 300 poetry collections to read in 2021 by The Kenyon Review. It has been amazing to be recognized for my poetry.

Q6: Favorite activities to relax?

Chris: Cycling, mindfulness meditation, listening to hip hop, watching the NBA, and hiking

Q7: What is a favorite line/stanza from a poem of yours or others? Or share are link to a favorite artwork or video.

Chris: “Dinosaurs in the Hood” by Danez Smith is easily one of my favorite poems of all time.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5BXRENTIqRg

Q8: What kind of music do you enjoy? Favorite musical artists, influences, songs that inspire?

Chris: Most people who know me and my work know that hip hop has a major influence on me. But I also love so many other genres. I like almost everything including Ellington, Frédéric Chopin, The Doors, Madonna, Baltimore Club Music, Jah Shaka, and Anita Baker. My musical palette is diverse.

Q9: Any recent or forthcoming projects that you’d like to promote?

Chris: My second chapbook is titled Sacrilegious. It comes out on December 1st of this year with Fahmidan Publishing & Co. I’m so excited to unveil this project to the world. It explores growing up in a religious household during the golden era of hip hop. It is a chapbook of free verse and form poetry, with erasures of popular songs from Tupac’s first album, 2pacalypse threaded throughout it. It has been 25 years since he died, and 30 since that album. I wanted to do something to commemorate that as well.

Bio: Chris L. Butler is an African American and Dutch poet and essayist from Philadelphia and Houston. He is the author of the micro-chapbook BLERD: ’80s BABY, ’90s KID (Daily Drunk Press), and the forthcoming chapbook Sacrilegious (Fahmidan Publishing & Co.). He is the 2021 Kurt Brown Fellow for Diverse Voices in the Solstice MFA Program at Pine Manor College. His work can be found in APIARY Magazine, The Canadian Journal of Poetry & Critical Writing, Trampset, and others. He currently lives and writes from Western Canada. His work has been nominated twice for the Pushcart Prize, and once for the Best of the Net Anthology.

Book link: BLERD: ’80s BABY, ’90s KID (Daily Drunk Press, 2021)  https://www.amazon.com/BLERD-80s-BABY-90s-KID/dp/B09CCC9WL7

Part 3: The Poets of 2021 Must Read Poetry, Prose, Sonnets & Short Stories Links

tilt shift photography of maple leaves
photo by Timothy Eberly (unsplash)

21. Raegen Pietrucha: 5 poems from Head of a Gorgon https://feversofthemind.com/2021/11/04/5-poems-from-head-of-a-gorgon-by-raegen-pietrucha/

22. David L O’Nan: By the Almond Tree https://feversofthemind.com/2021/09/29/poem-by-the-almond-tree-by-david-l-onan/ also on Anti-Heroin Chic

23. Jennifer Patino: Some Things a Lady Just Wears Well from the Audrey Hepburn Challenge https://feversofthemind.com/2021/06/07/audrey-hepburn-challenge-some-things-a-lady-just-wears-well-by-jennifer-patino/

24. Sarra Culleno: Grave Soak, Periapt, Beacon & Black Out https://feversofthemind.com/2021/05/14/4-poems-by-sarra-culleno-grave-soak-periapt-beacon-black-out/

25. R.D. Johnson: Just a Scratch https://feversofthemind.com/2021/05/08/poem-by-r-d-johnson-just-a-scratch-new-poetry/

26. Gayle J. Greenlea : Grey & Mapping the Long Haul https://feversofthemind.com/2021/05/12/new-poems-from-gayle-greenlea-grey-mapping-the-long-haul/

27. HLR: Watch https://feversofthemind.com/2021/09/10/poem-watch-by-hlr-in-fevers-of-the-mind-5-overcome/

28. Anne Casey: Quick-9 Interview https://feversofthemind.com/2021/07/09/a-fevers-of-the-mind-quick-9-interview-with-anne-casey/

29. Shaindel Beers: Quick-9 Interview https://feversofthemind.com/2021/07/28/a-fevers-of-the-mind-quick-9-interview-with-shaindel-beers/

30. Stephen Page: Several Haiku By https://feversofthemind.com/2021/08/05/several-haiku-by-stephen-page/