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Gates of Rodin
As in benediction
Last words on beauty
of dark, of Wychwood
Voices welled
The blind girl
De la sangre
As shadows

[ besides writing & editing his own new book, garcia-wahl is editing for publication the forthcoming collection Pimping Grace by michael k. gause - click here to read ]

Excerpt from 10 Questions by Marc Bowen*
(in reversed order)

5. What inspires you to write?
D.:  I write because it comes to me as naturally as breath.  I cannot help but do what I do.  It is part of my autonomic system.  Inspiration/muse - It comes but without my understanding.  I have no interest in understanding it.  When I learned new songs on guitar and piano, I had a feeling of having lost a sense of magic to the song after hearing it on album.  I had learned the technical part of it all.  I had learned how the clock worked by taking it apart.  I don't want to take my writing inspiration apart for fear of not being able to put it back together once I took it apart and understood it.  Mostly, I don't want to lose the wonder of it all.  It comes and regardless what brings it, I am satisfied.

1. Does being a tortured soul make a person a better poet?

D.:  A poet is born poet.  The "tortured soul" aspect of it comes from how the poet responds to the weight of being a poet.  But the same goes for the painter or the sculptor.  Every artist (this title is not elastic) comes across different elements to the art which can be allowed to become "tortures".  It can be anything from how one responds to the creativity filtering through them to trying to deal with not being able to create a replica of what is envisioned in the mind.  Sometimes the "torture" is social, sometimes it is created within the artist by the artist.  Is it necessary? (I shrug my shoulders)  Does it make one a better poet?  (I shrug my shoulders a second time)

I don't know what makes a poet a poet anymore than I know what makes a painter a painter.  I don't understand what "muse" is.  And I don't want to understand any of this.  Whatever that element is should not be questioned.  Just be grateful that the poet is the poet and the painter is the painter.  Question it and you are in danger of losing it all.

* from the author's website,

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