|Muses Review Online
Fall 2005 - Oct Nov Dec
|Legend: AA stands for Andrew Angus, AC stands for Alan Catlin.
Part I. Your Opinion.
1. AA: Why do you like to compose poetry?
AC: It's in the blood.
2. AA: Are poetry books difficult to sell? If yes, why?
AC: Yes. People write but they don't buy and they don't read.
3. AA: Have you experienced judging poetry contests before?
4. AA: Have you reached the peak of your poetic career? Why?
AC: I don't think so. Writing and Life: a continual growing process
5. AA: Do you like to travel? If yes, what countries have you visited so far?
AC: I enjoy new places. England twice.
6. AA: Is Shakespeare the best poet who ever lived? If yes, why? If no. why?
AC: Yes. He could do it all: comedy, tragedy, the whole human condition.
7. AA: Have you experience reading your poems in front of the audience? How does it feel?
AC: Yes. It often depends upon the audience; from exhilaration to embarrassment and everything in between.
8. AA: What is the latest poetry book (not your book) you have read?
AC: Ed Sanders, America a History in Verse Volume 3
9. AA: Should adults be encouraged to read poetry? Why?
AC: Absolutely. Why not?
10. AA: Is poetry a dying art? If no, If yes, why?
AC: How about neglected because it is taught badly or not at all. Also it is in the interest of society as in the government to keep poetry and poets marginalized
11. AA: Have you written a single poem with 100 or more stanzas? If yes, what is the title?
AC: Yes. In the past year I have written two: The Love Song of J. Robert Oppenheimer (approx 17 pages) and The Florida Book of the Dead (approx 120 pages)
Part II. Your Background
1. AA: Were you interviewed in a literary magazine or newspaper before? If Yes, can you name the literary magazine which interviewed you? If yes, when or what year?
AC: Yes. Bathtub Gin around 2000 (most recent full sized interview) Albany Student Press-1985 (State University of New York at Albany newpaper)
2. AA: Were you featured/interviewed in television shows? If Yes, what TV program? If Yes, when or what year?
AC: Yes. (It was) for Local Public Access TV among other Poetry Motel around 1990
3. AA: Were you featured/interviewed in a radio before? If yes, what radio station?If yes, what date or what year?
AC: No. (But I) Did write a monthly column for PBS radio station WAMC for almost four years for their program guide mid 80's
4. AA: Is "Schenectady Chainsaw Massacre " your first full length poetry book? If No, what are the titles of your previous full length poetrybook ?
AC: No. Drunk and Disorderly Selected poems from Pavement Saw Press
5. AA: How many pieces of the book " Schenectady Chainsaw Massacre" have you sold so far? If you don't mind answering the question. ( You may skip the question if you don't like to answer this question.)
AC: I have no idea how many the publisher sold - or what press run was I sold all the 20 copies he gave me.
6. AA: At what age did you start writing poems ?
7. AA: At what age did you start writing poems seriously?
AC: late 20's
8. AA: Who encouraged you to write poetry?
AC: fellow writers some teachers
9. AA: Why do you write your poems in free verse instead of rhymed verse?
AC: I don't feel comfortable with rhymed poetry seems artificial to me. Free verse is closer to the spoken word I'm a big believer in the oral tradition of poetry
|Featured Author for October
Alan Catlin: The Cocktail Poet
Interview Conducted by Andrew Angus
|Note: The interview is cut short because the full interview will be published in the print edition of Muses Review.|
Oct Nov Dec
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Poet from New York
|Award: 1st Manila Prize - Best Poetrybook|