1, Tell us about you, and your writing (themes, influences etc.)
I am a poet and spoken word performer. I think the themes of my writing as increasingly becoming more political. Recently love and turning points in myself are influencing my poetry, so the feel of my writing is constantly shifting with the people that I meet and situations I find myself in.
2, What are some of the ways in which you promote your work, and do you find these add, or eat into, your time writing?
I find that marketing massively eats into my writing time. I am very proactive and I schedule my posts a week ahead. I feel a lot of pressure to keep up high quality content on my blog and to promote my work, because I worked very hard on my collections. I think I want to work to a more 50-50 balance of writing and promoting strategy.
3, What projects are you working on at present?
At present I am working with Claire Songbirds Publishing House, New York, to make my chapbook ‘Digging Holes to Another Continent’ as perfect as it can be, for its release in May! You can preorder this from the website now. The collection was inspired by my visit to the stunning country of New Zealand, at a vulnerable time for me and my family.
4, What does poetry mean to you?
Poetry means self expression. Poetry is power. Poetry is shaping my words the way I want – my message can be written as eloquently or as broken as I want to present it and I love that artistic freedom.
Publisher Button Poetry
Release Date April 3rd 2018
Average Rating 5.0 / 5 🌟
I have a feeling reading Hilborn’s book The Future he’s a really cool guy.
He writes a poem in this book called Bruce Springsteen will Never Die (which seems to affirm it) ‘I mean that the Reaper has Nebraska in his top five albums and won’t take the Boss because He also likes going to arena shows in Jersey,’ and ‘it’s going to be lonely for Bruce when we’re all gone,’ This poem pretty much makes the book for me. I love Springsteen, and I also love the way in which Hilborn writes. It’s conversational, and reads like a spiel of his thoughts. I like the story behind the book too. Hilborn wrote much of the poems while on the road, performing his poems. Hilborn also writes that the audiences helped shape his poems, so this book has had many editors. It’s why these poems do have an encompassing feeling of life lived. The subjects explored are nostalgia, sex, ‘it’s pretty hard to make
someone orgasm when you’re trying
to remember what you paid
for the couch,’
pets, being sixteen, and mental health. Hilborn writes a couple of poems about suicide, and the conflicting nature of it. ‘that place is called the world, and
if you want to live it’s really
the only option. You could choose not to,
where would you get really great sandwiches or listen to Springsteen
with the windows down?’
I love sandwiches as much as I do Springsteen, so interesting viewpoints here.
In poem Welcome to Wall Drug, the words ‘whoever designed this place
was clearly very mentally ill, or
at least in my head,
so in my head it’s great to see that a crazy person
can put together something
so successful and beloved,’
are the exact same words I would return back to Hilborn, he does this with The Future for me. Two of my very favourite poems in this book are the title poem, which just had me shook, and Me, but Happy. This poem has become one of my favourite poems ever written by anyone, ‘I want to thank you for making all the love songs mean something again,’
Friends, this poem has become my anthem! If ever you needed a poem for a situation in your life this poem would be IT. Taken from Alison Malee’s new book The Day is Ready for you. Preorder it now by clicking on the cover image. It releases May fifteenth.
Thank you to the publisher, and Netgalley, for an ARC copy of this book.
I reviewed Drift Stumble Fall a few weeks back, read my review here and click on the Amazon logo to go to Amazon and purchase your copy! If you like Tony Parsons, or Nick Hornby I think you are going to like Jonathan’s writing.