Fevers of the Mind Quick-9 Interview with Andrea Lambert

Twitter Bio: Author of Neon-Hysteric, Jet Set Desolate and other books. Queer Artist. Schizoaffective. Witch. Widow. Divorcee. Long COVID slowed me down, but. She/Her

Q1: When did you start writing and first influences?

Andrea: I don’t remember beginning to write, my first memory is writing a flower part name on a workshop in a Montessori preschool. I learned how to read at age 3. In elementary school I made up stories and wrote them in composition notebooks. Early influences are Anne Rice and V.C. Andrews (tween reading material)

Q2: Who is your biggest influence today?

Andrea: My biggest influence today is William Gibson.

Q3: Where did you grow up and how did that influence your writing/art?

Andrea: I grew up in San Diego, so the ocean, being of Mexican ancestry and the proximity of Mexico were early influences. My first and only high school boyfriend taught me how to classically oil paint from the human figure.

Q4: Have any travels away from home influenced you work/describe?

Andrea: I don’t travel much due to disabilities, but trips with an L.A. boyfriend to Palm Springs appear repeatedly in my ebook romance novel “Hollywood Hedgewitch” That was a lot of fun.

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

Andrea: I feel like I’ve always wanted to be a writer and an artist. That pivotal moment must have happened before my childhood memories go.

Q6: Favorite activities to relax?

Andrea: When i’m not writing, I enjoy Horror television and video games. Also cat appreciation and witchcraft.

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

Andrea: Just this month I released a new kindle ebook called “Dining with a Cursed Bloodline”, which is a collection of the essays I wrote during that columns 4 years at Entropy magazine. It’s 0.99 cents, check it out!

Q8: What is one of your favorite lines in your poetry, writing? Favorite artist or art pieces?

Andrea: Favorite lines from my work? “I accept what is, because I must, “Boredom is the luxury of no longer being in pain, “I am only electrified meat travelling through time.” My favorite painter is Gustave Moreau esp his work with Salome.

Gustave Moreau Paintings, Bio, Ideas | TheArtStory

Q9: Who has helped you most with your writing/art?

Andrea: The CalArts MFA writing program has helped in most of my writing.

Links to find Andrea’s work:

https://andreaklambert.com/





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Poem by Theresa Haffner: Reality Doctor

multicolored abstract painting
(c) Pawel Czerwinski (unsplash)
Reality Doctor

Sometimes the truth is hard to find.   It can be
like a continent that you are already standing
on so it is everywhere.

Or conversely, it can  be like Antarctica. A place
you can point to on  a map but  have no personal
experience of to either prove or disprove its existence.

For many people the truth must remain forever 
hidden, and unknown,  so suppressed and repressed 
they don’t even know that it is missing.

Fortunately there are clues, hints, traces.  
Vestiges, methods, processes,.
some suggested by Allen Ginsberg, William
Burroughs, and others, brave pioneers in the
exploration of human consciousness, for whom
the pursuit of truth became a lifelong 
obsession.

Free association. stream of consciousness,
random interaction,  chance and probability,
double entendre, meaningful coincidence
(synchronicity), ambiguity, mistaken identity

Reverie, certain  types of meditation,
sense deprivation, dream interpretation
Letters to yourself..

Burroughs and Ginsberg also used drugs.
Let me stress this is absolutely not necessary.
The dangers of shooting heroin would
probably far  outweigh any benefits to be
gained from it.  However, where it is legal,
modest use of cannabis may be permissible.

Some things are psychic energizers.  Certain
geometric diagrams, names of ancient gods
and goddesses.  Astrological and alchemical symbolism

Automatic writing
Tarot cards.
Abstract painting.
Modern jazz music.
Threads of meaning.
Twist them into a filament.
Braid them into a cord,
A rope, a lifeline,
A means of inquiry
Into the unknown truth.

Allen Ginsberg, in an article for Writers Digest,
‘what way i write’, says he never thinks about
what he is going to write beforehand.   Instead
he lets his mind go blank, then picks up a pencil
and lets his hand scrawl a couple words on its own.
Then before he realizes it he is writing about what
he was supposed to be writing about all along.
He also says, having written a page, he tears it into
four parts, rearranges them, tapes them back together,
Then reads the ‘new’ document to see what he was
really writing about.

look into a glass of water
An empty mirror
Listen to the silence of an empty room.
Look into the shadows
Interpret the meaning
of  the whisper of the wind.
The water pipes
The furnace vents,
Electric motors,
The washer, the dryer.
The oscillating of
A circulation fan.

Only when you defeat
The phenomenal
Can you engage
The subconscious.

Enjoy the moment.
It can be your first
Intimation of the truth
You have been looking for.
A realization of the
Continent you are standing on.

It will not be perfect
	but it’s a start.
If repeated it can become
	the keys and pathways
of the soul.
A means to climb out of the box
	that has imprisoned you
That has been suffocating you

When you take a breath you will
Become like a fish in water
And breathing will be like
	an intoxication.
For instead of nothingness
	there  will be the
meaning of life in the universe.

Never again will you be forced
to look at an ink blot
and see only spilled ink

Therefore take a prescription
	from this Reality Doctor
To engage the subconscious.

Two hours a day appreciation of
	Abstract Expressionist painting
	Particularly Jackson Pollock,
	Willem De Kooning, Clyfford Still.
Two hours a day
	Modern jazz music, particularly
	Miles Davis, John Coltrane,
	Thelonious Monk.
One hour a day
	Dream interpretation.

In two weeks double the dose
	and thereafter readminister as needed
	to make sure the subconscious
	is functioning normally.

You may want to supplement with Aleister Crowley,
Arthur Rimbaud, the cut-up trilogy of William Burroughs
 (The Soft Machine, Nova Express, TheTicket That Exploded)
I Ching, Kabbalah, Lao Tze, mandala, mantra, tantra, yantra
All of these things should be practiced periodically
 as an antidote for whatever fears and insecurities caused you to
devalue and repress the subconscious in the first place.
The subconscious is a naturally occurring part of the human consciousness.  In  this highly mechanized, digital environment,
without the irrational, the merely rational can be a very lonely 
place to exist.


BIO:
Theresa Haffner:
Now in her seventh decade, Theresa Haffner was raised in Michigan but moved to California at age twenty one, first to San Francisco, then to Los Angeles to pursue a career in professional music. She is transgender, male to female, having made the transition in 1972. She began writing while still a teenager. She has been a force in L.A. poetry since the early 1980's when she gave a reading of her concrete poetry at the Water Gallery in Hollywood. Also known as an editor/publisher, she edited THREADBARE LITERARY JOURNAL, In collaboration with Albert Crane. AFTERSHOCK MAGAZINE with David Behrens (Bill Bored), and was regional editor for THE NEW PRESS, a literary journal published in Flushing, New York and distributed nationally.

To her credit, she has one novel, MACARTHUR PARK CHRONICLES, (denotes available through Literary Download Center) several books of poetry including ACHERON AND OTHER POEMS, DIFFERENT DRUM, THE LAST POETRY BOOK, THE CASE FOR WISDOM AT 5:00 A.M., SURFACE OF THE LAND, a novella BLACK STAR a coffee table book, ABSTRACT EXPRESSIONISM (THE NEW YORK SCHOOL) (In preparation), and various other paper booklets and pamphlets.

As part of her effort to stimulate interest in original literature at the community level, she periodically makes available POETRY SAMPLERS selected from her copious archives of unpublished poetry. Several are available.

Her poetry is archived at www.poemhunter.com

For many years she worked as a professional musician, playing with an impressive array of famous and infamous people. Her music can be heard on Youtube at the Theresa Haffner Channel.

(*Literary Download Center c/o theresahaffner05@gmail.com)

3 poems by Theresa Haffner : word decyclotron, word underworld, Dwarka

Key, Old, Flower, Nostalgic, Vintage

word decyclotron

word stream channel B
word pile syllable dust
broken words here
words without meanings
meanings without words
disconnected definitions
prefixes here suffixes there

this pile reserved for
word fragment
word decyclotron word smasher
wrecking ball word smithereen
splinters shatters plasters
crasher
thrasher word basher
decimater word grinder
syllables here

mix blender new words
from old mix
noun verb adjective subject
matter

predictive predicament
roastwood kiln phraseology
first sentences broken down to
phrases, phrases to single words
words ground into letters
letters disposed of
leaving only punctuation marks

and burroughs said so this is
what
becomes of old words after
we’ve
used and abused them and
bent
them and bruised them

and misused them and confused
them

yes, mr boroughs, they come
here
the ones that can be salvaged
are saved
cleaned up returned to
circulation

some can be rehabilitated some
can be
repaired some taken out of
circulation
and saved some to word
museum

some cannot be saved or
reused
and must be
mercifully
destroyed

yes, mr. burroughs, there are
those who say you made
language
an endangered species

you must be very proud

thank you i tried

but not to worry mr. burroughs
we can always replace
a steady stream of
new words never run out of
words
mr. burroughs

word underworld

tiresias what can we do with
with all these words

cast them into the styx

away with them. away.

just let them be
they may die down in a
few thousand years
people will stop listening
to them

they haven’t stopped
listening to you, tiresias

word underworld
word purgatory, sheol
in huge vaults shrouded
in shadows the words
are dormant now

waiting to be reused

Dwarka

lighthouse

dwarka harbor
dwarka, india

the tower rises
above sea level

the beam of light
cast above the waves
rotates above the sea
visible for miles

keeping ships safe from
shipwreck free from
crashing directing
trade and travel

below ground and
at the bottom of the sea
the words lie waiting
to be rediscovered
reawakened and reused

from the 4000 year old
temple complex the
archeological excavations
where krishna lived
with his wife the words
are waiting now to be
resurrected and reconstructed

in dwarka india the past
is being made ready
to live again

BIO:
Theresa Haffner:
Now in her seventh decade, Theresa Haffner was raised in Michigan but moved to California at age twenty one, first to San Francisco, then to Los Angeles to pursue a career in professional music. She is transgender, male to female, having made the transition in 1972. She began writing while still a teenager. She has been a force in L.A. poetry since the early 1980’s when she gave a reading of her concrete poetry at the Water Gallery in Hollywood. Also known as an editor/publisher, she edited THREADBARE LITERARY JOURNAL, In collaboration with Albert Crane. AFTERSHOCK MAGAZINE with David Behrens (Bill Bored), and was regional editor for THE NEW PRESS, a literary journal published in Flushing, New York and distributed nationally.

To her credit, she has one novel, MACARTHUR PARK CHRONICLES, (denotes available through Literary Download Center) several books of poetry including ACHERON AND OTHER POEMS, DIFFERENT DRUM, THE LAST POETRY BOOK, THE CASE FOR WISDOM AT 5:00 A.M., SURFACE OF THE LAND, a novella BLACK STAR a coffee table book, ABSTRACT EXPRESSIONISM (THE NEW YORK SCHOOL) (In preparation), and various other paper booklets and pamphlets.

As part of her effort to stimulate interest in original literature at the community level, she periodically makes available POETRY SAMPLERS selected from her copious archives of unpublished poetry. Several are available.

Her poetry is archived at http://www.poemhunter.com

For many years she worked as a professional musician, playing with an impressive array of famous and infamous people. Her music can be heard on Youtube at the Theresa Haffner Channel.

(*Literary Download Center c/o theresahaffner05@gmail.com)