Send in poetry, essays, artwork, articles, emotions, inspired creative ideas that came from reading or listening to Leonard Cohen. This is a follow up to Avalanches in Poetry Writings & Art Inspired by Leonard Cohen in 2019. “Before I Turn Into Gold” will include a few pieces from the original anthology, revised work from me from the first anthology, artwork by Geoffrey Wren, submissions from our blog & through our e-mail at feversofthemind@davidlonan1
We will be putting out new print/kindle anthologies in the next few months. Including Fevers of the Mind 5 & 6 within the next few months & a sequel to mark the 5 years since Leonard Cohen’s death anthology “Before I Turn Into Gold” which will feature updated versions of my poems in the first Anthology, 10 or so from the 1st Anthology & submissions this whole year from the blog and submissions to our e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
If you’d like to submit for a future anthology check some of our topics listed on the front page or from our July Themes page
Ron Sexsmith is an acclaimed singer/songwriter musician from Ontario, Canada. He has been putting out records since the mid 1980’s and signed with Interscope/Warner in the 90’s and began putting out a collection of records that gained attention from not just fans, but other musicians such as Elvis Costello. He has worked with Chris Martin of Coldplay, R.E.M., one of my favorites Leonard Cohen, Ane Brun & many more. He’s had work covered by Rod Stewart, Feist, Emmylou Harris, k.d. Lang, Michael Bublé , Nick Lowe. His latest album in 2020 is “Hermitage” and should be sought out today. Also, please look for Ron’s book “Deer Life” through Dundurn Press. (2017)
Q1: When did you start writing & first influences?
Ron: My first attempts at writing songs came in my mid teens which was mostly riff rock with dumb lyrics. Mostly influences by UK bands like the Beatles & Kinks. I didn’t start writing anything decent until I was about 21, and by then my influences were Leonard Cohen and Gordon Lightfoot & Dylan, etc.
Q2: Who is your biggest influences today?
Ron: Most of the same people although i’m quite obsessed with Warren Zevon these days.
Q3: Where did you grow up and how that influence your writing/art?
Ron: I grew up in St. Catharines, Ontario in the mid 60’s and 70’s, which was a great time for radio. All the songs I heard were so melodic with such thought provoking lyrics that made life feel quite magical.
Q4: Have any travels away from home influenced work/describe if so?
Ron: I’ve written many songs on the road while on tour, etc. So I guess the short answer is yes…
Q5: Any pivotal moment when you knew you wanted to be an artist/writer/poet?
Ron: When I found out I was born on Elvis Presley’s birthday as I turned seven and promptly fell down a flight of stairs.
Q6: Favorite activities when not writing/performing to relax?
Ron: Walking mostly and reading
Q7: Any recent or upcoming promotional work you’d like to do?
Ron: I’m hoping my tour will happen next year. It’s been postponed 3 times now.
Q8: One of your favorite lines from your poem/song, or favorite piece of art or photograph?
Ron: “In every nowhere town, there are somewhere dreams” from my song “Love Shines”
Q9: Who has helped you most with writing?
Ron: Other than my influences, perhaps Mitchell Froom who produced my first 3 records.
The end of the year anthologies for 2021 will be a series of smaller anthologies with a few based on themes and all considered will be published on this blog prior to consideration.
The hope for me right now is to have at least a sequel to Avalanches in Poetry Writings & Art Inspired by Leonard Cohen, The Best of 2021 Social Justice Poetry, Old Hollywood Poetry (including the Audrey Hepburn Challenge) with more themes to come, Mental Health & Anxiety (the basic core of what Fevers of the Mind came from) being a few of the themes. For current themes see below link from a recent post. If enough poems come in for a particular theme they will be considered for their own anthology as well.