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The author of Fancy Beasts answers The Magazine of Yoga’s Five Questions for Poets
BY THE MAGAZINE OF YOGA STAFF
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Author’s website AlexLemon.com
Doing and being
Do you have a writing ritual?
I do my best writing either very late at night, or early, early in the morning. I like to go for a walk or run before I sit down to work, but, because Texas has been an inferno the last months, this walking/running has been limited to chewing gum and drinking water in front of a box fan.
What says no when your work isn’t right? What says yes when it is?
My gut. But mixed into the gut’s reaction are a number of specifics–sound, dream-logic, shape, movement/propulsion.
Choosing a way
Cartographers orient by North South East and West. As a poet, what compass points do you travel by?
Love, Pain, Humor, Faith
Who is the public figure, infamous character or personal acquaintance to whom would you most like to give a book of poetry. What poet or book? Why?
Vladamir Putin. I’d like to give him an anthology of love poems. He always seems determined to give someone a good ass-kicking. Way too much anger in him.
Honoring and gratitude
You are awarding The Magazine of Yoga Cultural Currency Award to your choice of an artist – any artist, not necessarily a poet – who is bringing the conversation forward in some way. That may be by enlarging the audience (i.e. translating a writer who we’ve not had access to), enlarging what can be considered in artistic practice (new forms, new collaborations) or evolves their art in a way that moves you/instigates a progression you feel is important.
Who is this artist and what do you want to say about her or him?
Louis C.K. His comedy is profane, and oftentimes offensive, but his jokes are incredibly smart, oftentimes funny and among many other things and most importantly, they are thought provoking in manifold and layered ways.
They make one think about the world, other people in the world, about the self’s place in the world among all of these people and also how/why the self reacts in certain ways to his humor.
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