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:

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/