Welcome to my 4th interview entry in this series where I interview fellow poets in the WordPress community on their experiences with writing. This time around I spoke with a poet who goes by the pen name marylandpoet. If any readers are interested in reading his phenomenal work then head over to his blog called An Aspergian’s Chemical Romance. He gave incredible insight on how writing poetry with a condition like Aspergers shows layers to who he really is and how it brings completion to his life. In addition, he gave a profound explanation on poetry in academia. I hope you enjoy learning about him as much as I did. Peace.
Q: What inspired you to start blogging, and when did you begin it?
marylandpoet: I started blogging in late August of last year because I wanted a place to put my writing.
Q: What is your writing process like, do you hand write or type a draft? Or do you think of a theme and immediately start typing?
marylandpoet: I kinda just write what comes into my head. And I write it exactly the way it comes out. Then I go back and tweak it out. On a rare occasion, it comes out perfectly.
Q: How would describe the current state of poetry and should schools emphasize creative writing and poetry in English curriculum’s?
marylandpoet: The current state of creative writing and poetry in schools is beyond tragic. Particularly in the inner city, students just don’t spend enough time reading and writing. Without the basics, it’s hard to even understand what poetry is, because the children lack the foundation.
Q: What are your favorite book genres?
marylandpoet: Non-fiction and mystery
Q: When you’re not writing how do spend your down time?
marylandpoet: When I’m not writing, I’m probably thinking about writing. I also do a lot of planning, looking at what I’ve written and seeing when I should post it. I also have my job, plenty of reading and time with family and friends, along with Call of Duty and Madden. Watching American Dad is also a pastime of mine.
Q: Have you experienced any challenges when writing? If so how did you resolve it?
marylandpoet: There are times when I’m not sure what to write or how to write something, either because it’s very personal or the words aren’t coming clearly to me. When that happens, sometimes I won’t write for a day or two, and then come back to that piece.
Q: Where is the furthest you have ever traveled and how did you enjoy that experience?
marylandpoet: I’ve been to California via Greyhound a couple times and the experience was very fulfilling. Going cross country is something I think everyone should be able to do because this country has so much natural beauty and there’s an incredible wealth of people and places to learn about.
Q: Would you ever consider publishing your writing, and if you have how was the reception and reviews?
marylandpoet: I have had some of my poems and articles published on SpillWords and TeenInk, and reception has been okay. I haven’t gotten comments on my poems from SpillWords, but people do tell me they read my work from various sources.
Q: What is your favorite movie of all time/last movie you’ve seen?
marylandpoet: There’s a few choices (A-Team, Elephant Man, The Danish Girl, Titanic, The Sound Of Music) but my favorite movie of all time is The Dark Knight Rises. I thought the acting was incredible, and Bane is one of my favorite characters. I thought the story was fabulous.
Q: If you could describe your writing with one word what would it be?
marylandpoet: Completion. Because there’s so many layers to an autistic person’s life, but my poems complete the picture and give you a full scope of who I am.