September 18th, 2008: Paul Squires
There is too much to say for me to tell you the many great things I think about when I think of the next poet. He is on my list of top 10 favorites! If you want to know my views on his style check out my poetry peeps page!
1)What is the name of your Poetry blog? Why did you choose this particular name?
My blog is called gingaTao. It’s a word I made up, a combination of
ginga which is the Brazilian word for passion, like the spirit of the
samba or of Brazilian football and Tao which is the undefinable ‘way’
of the taoist philosophy.
2)When did you first start writing, what made you feel the need to
express yourself in this way?
I started writing when I was in my teens and decided I want to be a
writer when I was 17. I really don’t know why.
3)What types of poems do you find yourself writing most? Do you have a
I write poems with have some kind of structural integrity, rhythm and
rhyme but rarely a formal or ‘named’ structure.. Anything except with
prose with linebreaks.
4)What kind of work are you most drawn to reading yourself? Do you
find yourself reading work similar to your own, or completely
I read whatever passes in front of me. In bloggoland I particularly
enjoy reading writing by people who don’t consider themselves
‘writers’. The lack of pretence and effort often makes it more
enjoyable to read than poetry whose main purpose is to assert its own
poemhood or the cleverness of the writer.
5)Have you ever been published? If so where, if not do you plan to
submit your work at some point?
This question is getting harder and harder to answer as the definition
of ‘published’ is changing rapidly on the internet. I have
independently published a collection of my work called ‘The Puzzle
Box’ and I have poems accepted by various online and print journals.
Really, (and legally for that matter) as soon as your work appears
even in your own blog, it’s published.
6)Name the 3 poems you are most proud of writing, the ones that you
personally cannot forget?
Only three? ‘Listen’ is a prose poem which kind of defines what I am
trying to achieve. ‘The Writer As Libertine’ is a favourite and
whichever the latest one is. I always like them when they are fresh
7)Do you find that readers like different poems then your own
favorites? Name your top 3 most read poems.
Yes I do, readers can be strange and unpredictable creatures. I have
no idea which three are the most read.
8 Do you also write short stories or pieces of literature? Which do
you find yourself drawn to the most often?
Yes I do. I also have a saying which I repeat a lot. “Genre isn’t dead
yet but it should be. Artists have been trying to kill it off for
9)Some poets are also active in other creative areas, what are some of
you favorite non-poetry or literature activities?
I have recently downloaded a music program and will releasing some
music as soon as I have mastered the button pushing.
10 Poets tend to have favorite poets they visit often, can you suggest
someone readers might enjoy checking out?
In bloggoland? I like your poetry, Bex, it has a simple elegance and
sincerity that is really refreshing. Peter and the Hare is a master of
craftsman and artist. There are so many, if I start making a list I’ll
11)Many poets have different methods for their writing, some write on
paper and then transmit to the blog, others type their work out in
word and then transfer it. What is your preferred writing method?
I write pretty much everything by hand and transfer it.
12)Poets are from all over the world, where do you hail from?
I am Australian.
13)They say that to see the world with complete honesty one should
look to comedians, artists and poets, what do you think emerges
naturally from your work?
Nothing emerges naturally, my entire body of work is a collection of
tricks and artifice.
14)Do you have one poem that you almost did not post due to it being
so very personal? Did you post it after all? If so, please tell us
No, I don’t.
15)All poets have several words that come up over and over again,
words or sentences that they just can’t help but use in their work.
What are 3 of your absolute favorite words?
Arabesque, confabulate, nipple.
16)When I post my poems I have a habit of doing 3 at a time. Do you
have a special ritual that you go through when preparing to write?
Yes I do but it’s a secret.
17)Name your 3 favorite historic poets. What about their work are you
most drawn to? What about their work are you most inspired by?
Byron was the first rockstar, gotta love him. Rimbaud was mad as a cut
snake but had great colour and sound and ended his life a slave trader
and gun runner in Africa. Sappho I have recently discovered, she is a
fantastic poet, far beyond the cliché.
18 If you were given the opportunity to get published and do book
signings anywhere you wanted, what cities or countries would
definitely be on your book tour?
All of them. I wouldn’t stop. I would happily live the rest of my life
travelling and living in first class hotels at someone else’s expense.
19)What style of poetry do you prefer? ( Freestyle, Rhyming, Haiku)
“Genre is didn’t dead yet but it should be.”
20)Poets are often said to be eccentric, and I support that..please
end this interview by creating 2 sentences poetic, strange or quietly
No, I don’t want to. So there.
some things are not ghosts,
June 25, 2008 · 38 Comments
so openminded had he become
that he had drifted off
and did not notice the curtains float open
nor sense her approach
and did not feel her lift the book
from his lap and place it on the table
and kiss his forehead
whispering good night
before returning to her
Thanks Bex! (You are most welcome Paul..the above poem is also my favorite of your work as well)