Interview with Kenneth Pobo, whose poem, ‘For Those Who Can’t or Won’t Say It,’ is in Issue Two.
Why do you write?
I just do it because I love doing it and have since I was 15 years old.
What are the major themes in your work?
Human rights issues. Environmental issues. Memories that remain close to me. I like to work with character poems, people who may or may not resemble me.
What inspires and influences you most?
The garden. Reading. My partner, Stan. The news.
What not-very-famous writers should we check out?
Jacqueline Marcus for her environmentally sensitive poems. Nuala Archer. Marilyn Kallet. Robert Cooperman. Patricia Clark. So many others.
What are you reading at the moment?
I keep reading books about Tudor England, a horrible time, even if Queen Eliz is propped up as a “golden age.” Death ran the tables.
What’s a piece in Issue Two that you really like?
Hard to choose a favorite, but “Bottom, Falling” speaks to me as I remember losing my mom and how hard it is to “Trace its echo.”
Any background info to your piece in Issue Two?
My piece was written shortly after the nightmare attack on the gay club Pulse in Orlando, Florida. 49 dead. We remember, through blood and shattered bone.
Where else can we find your work?
I have a new book coming out in 2017 from Circling Rivers Press called ‘Loplop in a Red City.’ My two most recent books are ‘Bend of Quiet’ (Blue Light Press) and ‘Booking Rooms in the Kuiper Belt’ (Urban Farmhouse Press).
What’s on the horizon for you with your writing?
I’m working on a book of poems about a guy named Spacker and his Aunt Gwen.
Got a favourite quote?
What songs represents your writing process?
Any other question you would have us ask?
How can you write when climate change is tapping us on the shoulder and saying “Extinction.”?
Find Kenneth on Twitter @KenPobo.