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Fragment-ed Interview...
« on: January 30, 2008, 06:56 PM »
[float=left]2911-0[/float]Meet Russ Golata a.k.a. fragments from Orlando, Florida by way of Buffalo, New York. He is a member of the Vista Writing Circle of Orange County, that boasts some great writers that he bounces some ideas off of (including Alice Walker and Karol Tiler). He is a participant in First Friday—at Rollins College – a critique group. He also hosts for the Orlando Poetry group every 3rd Wednesday at Austin’s Coffee and Film in Winter Park. His work has been featured in several on line publications with the largest number in Autumn Leaves and  Poet's Against the War. Russ has two books out there, Fragments of Vision and Love Poems that Don't Suck.
 
 
Soft Words: What rustic road brought you to SplashHall?
fragments My good friend and buddy Marge AKA Wordfaery told me about you. I am glad she did as the people and poetry are great.

Soft Words: What keeps you here?
fragments The free beer after 100 posts—
Seriously, the poets here are a cut above. The quality of their work is one of the things that attract me.

Soft Words: Which are your favorite forum(s) and/or Splashers?
fragments I have a passion for poetry of all kinds, But a special affinity for Haiku, and that is where you will find the majority of my posts. I like the critique and comments on poets from yesteryear. Without history we are nothing but word jockeys.
For favorite Splasher—That is hard to pinpoint. I have enjoyed conversing with  Marge, Rach and Witt and Lady Sunshine and Champagne shoes.
I apologize to anyone I missed—so everybody

Soft Words: How long have you been writing poetry?
fragments I had written a couple songs around age 7--)One I penned at age 10 was used as a commercial jingle for 20 years..(it helped that the Mom of one of my friends gave him credit for the music) so we both got royalty checks.
Here it is:
Tops is the supermarket with people
So you don’t have to talk to yourself.
 
If someone penned this on my tombstone I would come back and haunt them!!
My Grandma turned me on to Sandburg at age 10 and got me a notebook and the rest is history…
 
Soft Words: What is the greatest honor a poet could get, in your opinion?
fragments Hey you made me think—Ouch that hurts!
When Carl Sandburg penned the poem “Billy Sunday” where he rips into radio evangelists for not knowing the first thing about what the man/god Jesus stood for. It was said the press became afraid to print his words.
This caused a great deal of hardship for Carl—But in my opinion this is what poetry is supposed to do (or at least one aspect of poetry).
As Pound once said “Poetry is supposed to make you uncomfortable.” So if poetry can cause fear—or emote any emotions it is good work
 
Soft Words: You've had your poetry published before. What is the most important snippet of wisdom do you wish you'd had when you started out?
fragments Jump on the MFA train. I am not saying this will make you a better poet, but, it will make the magazines and publishers pay attention. If you don’t have it, you practically have to bitchslap an editor to get his attention.
 
Soft Words: How do you deal with your inner editor (and judging by what I've read of your work, that is one busy little goblin)?
fragments I believe I have never finished a poem yet. Be open enough to listen to others ideas of what they think your poem should be, but hard skinned and strong enough to stick to your intentions of what you created.
Remember—YOU are the final editor.
 
 
Soft Words: Which is the most memorable poem you've read?
fragments Well I love “Leaves of Grass” – Whitman changes what poetry can become— I read it every year in the Spring. Or Ginsburg’s “Howl”.
Now to pick one individual poem that’s tough. To me this poem has all the things that make poetry great. Robert Creeley has all the tools

Possibilities

          For Susan Rothenberg
What do you wear?
How does it feel
to wear clothes?
What shows
what you were or where?
 
This accident, accidental, person,
feeling out, feelings out—
outside the box one's in—
skin's resonances, reticent romances,
the blotch of recognition, blush?
 
It's a place one's going,
going out to, could reach
out just so far to be at the edge
of it all, there, no longer inside,
waiting, expectant, a confused thing.
 
One wanted skin to walk in,
be in. One wanted each leg to stand,
both hands to have substance,
both eyes to look out, recognize,
all of it, closer and closer.
 
Put it somewhere, one says.
Put it down. But it's not a thing
simply. It's all of it here,
all of it near and dear,
everywhere one is, this and that.
 
Inside, it could have been included.
There was room for the world.
One could think of it, even be simple, ample.
But not "multitudes," not that way in—
It's out, out, one's going. Loosed.
 
Still—wistful in heaven, happy in hell?
Sky was an adamant wall,
earth a compact of dirty places,
faces of people one used to know.
Air—smell, sound and taste—was still wonderful.
 
One dreamed of a thoughtless moment,
the street rushing forward, heads up.
One willed almost a wave of silence
to hear the voices underneath.
Each layer, each particular, recalled.
 
But now to be here?
Putting my hand on the table,
I watch it turn into wood,
Fibrous, veins like wood's grain,
But not that way separated—all one.
I felt a peace come back.

No longer needed to say what it was,
nothing left somehow to name only—
still was each each, all all,
evident mass, bulky sum, a complex accumulation?
 
My mother dying sat up, ecstatic,
coming out of the anesthetic, said,
"It's all free! You don't have to pay
for any of it ..."  It's there if you can still get to it?
 
Come closer, closer. Come as near
as you can get. Let me know
each edge, each shelf of act,
all the myriad colors, all the shimmering presences,
each breath, finger of odor, echoed pin drop.
 
Adumbrate nature. Walk a given path.
You are as much its fact as any other.
You stand a scale far smaller than a tree's.
A mountain makes you literal as a pebble.

Look hard for what it is you want to see.
The sky seems in its heavens, laced with cloud.
The horizon's miles and miles within one's sight.
Cooling, earth gathers in for night.
Birds quiet, stars start out in the dark.
Wind drops. Thus life itself can settle.
 
Nothing's apart from all and seeing is
the obvious beginning of an act
can only bring one closer to the art
of being closer. So feeling all there is,
one's hands and heart grow full.
 
Robert Creeley
 
 
Soft Words: Who are your favorite poets?
fragments My top 10: Whitman,  Robert Creeley, Loren Keller Charles Simic, Alice Notley, Carl Sandburg, Octavio Paz,Louis Zukofsky,  Jack Kerouac, Bukowski.
With honorable mention to ee cummings, Ginsburg, and William Carlos Williams, and Shiki, Rumi, and Hafiz, Adrian Rich.

Soft Words: Any suggestions you might have for Rg to improve on your Splashing experience?
fragments A poetry radio show—either readings live from somewhere
Or a call in show as in Blog talk radio

Soft Words: Anything special you'd like to say to everyone here? {complete free write question... as many words as you please about anything not included/already included in the interview}
fragments I have been blessed. By who mentored me--.Loren Keller was my high school English teacher while in Bufflalo Robert Creeley was someone that knew my poetry and my name.
Loren and Bob are/were people I considered lifelong friends. With these two guys in your corner—if you don’t learn anything about poetry-it’s your own damn fault.
My final words are:
Onward and Up Poets
You are the conscience of our world
It’s up to you to create the art that will change it!
BE THE DIFFERENCE



Life isn't about waiting for the storms to pass, it's about learning to dance in the rain.

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Re: Fragment-ed Interview...
« Reply #1 on: January 30, 2008, 07:36 PM »
Oh sure  - -  here's another one blaming the winged bimbo.






(giggles)


And you wrote the Tops jingle.  Who knew?


Told ya you'd like it here.




"Come Fairies, take me out of this dull world for I would ride with you upon the wind and dance upon the mountains like a flame."      W.B. Yeats



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Re: Fragment-ed Interview...
« Reply #2 on: January 31, 2008, 01:52 AM »
Yes Marge you are the one to blame for a great deal of my word jumblings.
Thank you for your friendship.

And thank you everybody at Splash for being open to listening

PSST heyMarge--that picture is at a book signing at The Carnegie Art Center--
I wish the readings there were still going
The clouds told him their names, in the quiet of the summer afternoon
Charles Simic from "The World Doesn't End"

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« Reply #3 on: January 31, 2008, 05:51 AM »
Oh this was a wonderful interview--so insightful. I learned a great deal about the haiku master that I have enjoyed reading here. Thanks for letting us take a peek at you.

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Re: Fragment-ed Interview...
« Reply #4 on: January 31, 2008, 11:47 AM »
Peeking from my humble corner, I welcome you sir. You have much to impart and I have much to learn. That is if you can teach an old dog...
Stop looking at the light. Instead, look at what is being illuminated by the light.

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Re: Fragment-ed Interview...
« Reply #5 on: January 31, 2008, 11:48 AM »
Wonderful interview Fragments!

Help me out here, please. What is MFA?
"Painting is poetry and poetry is painting with the gift of speech"...Simonides {556 B.C.-468 B.C.}

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Re: Fragment-ed Interview...
« Reply #6 on: January 31, 2008, 06:01 PM »
thoroughly enjoyed reading this interview .... and anyone who can wear an Underdog shirt to a book signing is ok in my book!  "There's no need to fear, Unnnnnderdog is here!"
~ Marsha ~
 

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Re: Fragment-ed Interview...
« Reply #7 on: January 31, 2008, 08:48 PM »
Hi Fragments:
It's nice to finally really meet you here.  :)  It was nice to hear that someone else is as crazy about haiku as I am!  LOL!  I just LOVE that section.  You and I will have to work together to keep it moving!  I feel blank without my haiku to do everyday!  I love the quatrains too.  There's just something about those two sections that is so freeing for me.

I look forward to our haiku pow-wows!  LOL!  Thanks for the interview.  Sounds like you know a little more than a little about writing!  hehe.

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Re: Fragment-ed Interview...
« Reply #8 on: February 01, 2008, 04:19 AM »
Thank you all for the nice comments--
as far as knowledge goes--i try hard to be open to anything..

performance poetry is new to me--but I have spent many hours on stages--so it has become something I am comfortable with..

I am now a member of

POETRY ENSEMBLE OF ORLANDO--along with some wonderful poets and friends of mine.
we have a Gig in March--planning to tune up our verse and make some noise in O town
I am proud to be a part of this group


MFA--Masters in Fine Arts-- This is usually the key that unlocks many doors in the publishing world.
As well as job offers in universities

Ok this does nothing to make you a better poet

but it might afford you an oppurtunity to make a living --while being a poet--

How many off us can say poetry puts food on your table?

Anyway thanks again for listening
The clouds told him their names, in the quiet of the summer afternoon
Charles Simic from "The World Doesn't End"

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Re: Fragment-ed Interview...
« Reply #9 on: February 01, 2008, 04:21 AM »
Oh by the way--I am the proud owner of the entire DVD collection of the original Underdog series.
One of the best super heros of all time!
The clouds told him their names, in the quiet of the summer afternoon
Charles Simic from "The World Doesn't End"

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« Reply #10 on: February 01, 2008, 06:08 AM »
Amen on two counts. How many of us put food on the table through poetry? Right!
Ah, Underdog. I'm wracking my brain as the actor who put a voice to the heroic pooch. I CAN'T think of his name!!! Watch that be an answer on Jeopardy!

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« Reply #11 on: February 01, 2008, 06:21 PM »
Wally Cox was the voice of Underdog. :)




Was always partial to Chicken Man, the radio serial.  "The most fantastic crime fighter the world has ever known."
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« Reply #12 on: February 01, 2008, 09:06 PM »
The immortal Wally Cox

The cartoons around the series--were what made the show--The Fox,  The Hunter,Go Go Gophers,
I guess I will never grow up-I still laugh at this stuff
The clouds told him their names, in the quiet of the summer afternoon
Charles Simic from "The World Doesn't End"

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« Reply #13 on: February 10, 2008, 08:32 AM »
Russ,

I heard about the free beer too!!  :dblu

Hey, just wanted to say that I appreciated your perspectives and thought that this was pretty damn amazing:

I have been blessed. By who mentored me--.Loren Keller was my high school English teacher while in Bufflalo Robert Creeley was someone that knew my poetry and my name.

I hope that your writing never makes you comfortable,

Troy


PS.  Oh, and I like your Underdog t-shirt!!