A Fevers of the Mind Quick-9 Interview with Timothy Ojo

with Timothy Ojo

Q1: When did you start writing and first influences?

Timothy: I started writing poetry 2016. Before then, I had this love for writing any other thing. It was a passion I cannot really pinpoint where it came from. I read a lot of John Grisham, Niyi Osundare, Wole Soyinka, John Yeats and a host of others.
But for my poetry, African writers like Gbenga Adesina, Gbenga Adeoba, really intrigue me with their brilliant works.

Q2: Who are your biggest influences today?

Timothy: Ah. My biggest influence in my writing today is Ocean Vuong. His style is electric! The diction is soothing. The way he weaves words and how he climaxes, whoosh! He is a brilliant poet.

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

Timothy: I grew up in Lagos, Nigeria. Lagos is a confluence city; a place where you meet every kind of person, every kind of ideologies, every kind of idiosyncrasies. It is hell and a haven; a incontrovertible sandwich of ugliness and beauty.

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

Timothy: Well, I think before I put my craft out there, I take my time. I like to think all of my works are meaningful. I still relive some of them. This is because every work I ever put out came from a place of meditation in solitude. I do cherish them. In other words, to me, all are meaningful.

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

Timothy: Haha. Thing is, I knew I wanted to write poems after reading works of some writers and the flair with which they write always fascinated me. I wanted that, and I read a lot of them, then
naturally I reacted to my longing, by writing.

Q6: Favorite activities to relax?

Timothy: I love to sing. A lot. I also watch soccer. I read too.

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

Timothy: https://t.co/wh0HfYEdFZ?amp=1 from the Hellebore Press Boy, Black, Man is the title of the poem

Q8: What is a favorite line from a poem of yours or others?

Timothy:

“you must take the shape of a running brook & dissolve everything that appears to make you a
slave in a regimented caste system”– Boy, Black, Man (Hellebore Press).

Q9: Who has helped you most with writing?

Timothy: Well, no one in particular. However, I get inspired by writers. Not just my favourites. There are amazing writers out there churning out incredible work. These guys inspire me to write.

Links:

https://icefloepress.net/2020/11/12/everything-my-mother-failed-to-a-prose-poem-by-timothy-ojo-w-an-image-by-robynne-limoges/

https://kalaharireview.com/my-bodys-timeline-do-not-9475dc7e43cb

https://www.perhappened.com/brownskinstimothyojo.html

https://thehellebore.com/tag/timothy-ojo/

https://writeshuzia.com/blog/this-poem-is-for-men-with-songs-stifling-their-throats-by-timothy-ojo