Poetry by Kevin Hibshman : Two Winters Ago

person in black jacket standing on snow covered road during night time

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Two Winters Ago

Cold snow.
Mortal combat.
Two winters ago, the city turned to ice.
Sheila, Kris and I slid
all the way to the bar.
It was safer to walk in the street.

We drank ourselves warm.
Dried off under pulsing disco lights,
Shook snow from our hair.
We were in league with city life and
we didn’t care.
Hardly any regulars were there, being afraid to drive.

We saw Dottie limp by looking especially bedraggled,
having to truck through the plow-made snow drifts
not wearing boots.

It was the night I picked up the drunk kleptomaniac.
Took him to my room then refused to sleep with him,
having sobered up too quickly.
I did give him a pair of wool socks then walked him home
several blocks, not mentioning the cheap pair of sunglasses
he’d ripped off.

A Fevers of the Mind Quick-9 Interview with Kevin Hibshman

A Fevers of the Mind Quick-9 Interview with Kevin Hibshman

with Kevin Hibshman:

Q1: When did you start writing and first influences?

Kevin: I started writing around the age of fourteen. I got into Patti Smith and the writers she named as influences: Rimbaud, William Burroughs, etc.

Q2: Who are your biggest influences today?

Kevin: Today my biggest influences are Diane diPrima, Joanne Kyger, Julia Vinograd, Maura O’Connor and David Lerner. Only one of them is still alive.

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

Kevin: I grew up in a very small town in Pennsylvania. I was alienated as a kid and music and poetry offered me a way out without sacrificing who I am. I spent some time in New Jersey and I think I was influenced by the quick pace of life there.

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

Kevin: I have a new book coming out hopefully soon that I’m very proud of because it’s the first book of story-like pieces I’ve attempted. Most of the book is autobiographical prose. It’s based on memories from my childhood and teen years that were very important in shaping me as a writer and as a person.

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

Kevin: I think the first time an editor asked me for work and then published it, I was hooked. That’s when I began to take it seriously.

Q6: Favorite activities to relax?

Kevin: Music and movies.

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

Kevin: I’ll provide a link to my poetry web-zine: Fearless.

https://archive.org/details/fearless-75/mode/2up

Q8: What is a favorite line/stanza from a poem of yours or others? Favorite art piece?

Kevin: A quote from Diane diPrima: ” The only war is the war against the imagination.”

Q9: Who has helped you most with writing?

Kevin: I’d have to mention my friends throughout the years who are fellow editors and writers who have supported and encouraged me greatly: Dave and Ana Christy, C.F. Roberts, John Patrick Robbins and Scott Simmons.

Links:

http://ryethewhiskeyreview.blogspot.com/2021/01/