The first thing you should know about me is that I don't particularly like talking about myself. Hence, this is sort of short. The basics (foundation for what follows) are these: I'm 30 (as of 5.31.03), a white male (but don't hold that against me), a poet, writer, musician and publisher. There are other things that I do, but we might get to those later...for our purposes here, that's what you need to know.
I started writing when I was around 13 or so, though my first taste of
creativity was in fourth grade. A writing assignment...write a poem
or description about a postcard, one of a variety handed out by my teacher.
I enjoyed it and continued with occasional descriptions here and there
until junior high school. That gave way to notebooks that, though some
pieces of them remain, for the most part, have been thrown away.
No matter...I can write more. I tend not to hang on to snippets and
pieces. If they don't find a home or grow into something they get
tossed...no room for wayward metaphors around here. Yeah. Anyway,
I started playing music at around the same time and soon the bass and the
dictionary had taken the place of baseball, football and pro wrestling.
As I grew as a "creative person," my life opened up too. I had found
out just prior to my eleventh birthday that I was (well, I still am and
always shall be) diabetic, so responsibility became a major word for my
palette of life. I started thinking instead of just watching and
noticing things like I'd done as a kid. Through high school I played
in bands and wrote songs, sometimes not knowing where the song lyrics ended
and the poetry began...just a slight difference anyway. When I hit
college I realized the world of publishing, of sending stuff out and getting
all these nifty rejection letters in the mail.
That made my day. I'm a completeness freak. In high school
and college I would sit to write a paper, could be 3 pages, could be 30,
and do it in one sitting (if the research was done beforehand). I
just hate leaving things partially done. So, at age 22, I decided
to forego the standard route of poets and just do it myself, using the
attitude I'd learned in playing music. Why search for someone to
help when you can at the very least lay the foundation for yourself?
I have, though, been published quite a few times in smaller journals for
poetry and in local music zines with essays on music/bands.
I gathered many poems and began designing what would become my first book,
Complete Sentience (poems for the breakfast table), which was released
in June of 1996 on my label imprint, also the name of my music publishing
company through ASCAP, Diabolical Kitten Publishing.
It sold well, looked good and got good reviews in the local Greater Cincinnati
market. Fast forward through two bands to November of 1997 and Tripping
Darkly, a loosely tied poetic journey through my darker mental recesses,
is released. Good words said about it, though some were a tad confused
by the inherent darkness in it, and good sales. In 1999 I released
to the world and then The Mirror Suite followed in 2000. All
four collections of poetry are, by the way, for sale back on the Diabolical
Kitten Publishing Catalog. A new book, tentatively titled
Impossible, is almost complete.
I've been tempted
to delve into politics, but then I step back and realize that it's just
(probably) not worth it. I've been tempted to say some things that
I probably shouldn't...and then I do anyway. I've been tempted to
do some very dangerous things to sell books, but I don't. The sample
pages are up and the readings are announced and more people than I would've
imagined have been willing to throw down a few bucks for a book or two.
This online thing works pretty well for marketing, though I'm sure I could
do better. I'm not as computer savvy as I may (or may not) seem.
I love poetry.
I love social issues.
I love religious issues.
I love studying the icons of our time.
I love bass.
I love honest songs.
As sick as it may seem, I love who I am.
But, like any artistic creature, I also loathe who I am as well.
Life without parodox is life without oxygen.
Let's see...those fun facts that most people want to know...I'm a Gemini, love most sports but mainly football (longtime Tampa Bay Buccaneer fan...join the bandwagon I've been riding for so many years), baseball (S.F. Giants & Cincy Reds), and hockey (Florida Panthers), love asparagus, would kill for a plateful of my mom's spaghetti or anything Italian and truly miss what t.v. used to be.
Since Northern Exposure went off the air, t.v. has just sucked. Don't watch t.v....read some poetry, preferably mine (shameless huckstering never hurt anybody, right?).
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