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Kenta Maniwa Responds To The Questionnaire!

 

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What is your favorite breakfast food?
Grapefruit.

Tell us a bit about your work in REALITY BEACH.
It’s called BUR in honor of Gucci Mane.

What is your creative process?
Eat a big meal, take Adderall, sit in front of computer until I get tired.

Where would you like to be at the end of the universe?
Playing Deer Hunter in empty sports bar with Monday night football playing on a busted-ass TV in the background.

What is your favorite part about being human?
The list is so long I don’t know where to start.

What do you rule over?
Rulers.

How can we support you and buy more of your work?
Buy my book, Someone Else’s Toothbrush (Long Day Press).

What is your daily motivation?
Haters… Just kidding, I don’t know.

Anything coming up in the near future?
Currently working on a project called Japanese Tim Duncan.

Who is your alter ego?
Kingpin Skinny Pimp

Make sure to read Kenta’s work in Issue Three!

Scott Wordsman Answers Our Questionnaire!

 

 

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What is your favorite breakfast food?

Sadly my NJ roots preclude nearly anything healthful or “natural,” so I’ll have to say bacon, egg, and American cheese on toasted whole wheat bread.

Tell us a bit about your work in REALITY BEACH.

I had a pretty run-of-the-mill job in grad school, which is when I wrote these poems. I was an office assistant at the university at which I studied, so I’d spend my hours dreaming up these scat-humor scenarios––to sort of combat my deference. I also like to take digs at the more mindless aspects of hipster culture.

What is your creative process?

I scribble notes in my phone when I have a good idea, and then, when I find the time, I’ll return to the ideas and tinker with them. I tutor, teach, and work at a bar, so my schedule is all over the place. I’m not the type to luxuriate over a cup of coffee while writing for several hours in the morning. That’s too idyllic, and I think routines produce mechanical writing.

Where would you like to be at the end of the universe?

I think the end of the universe is coming very soon! Or at least, the universe as we know it: sane, fecund earth. So I’ll probably be in Jersey City, with the artist Josh Didriksen and others, eating wings or something.

What is your favorite part about being human?

The ability to think about thinking. Which is also my least favorite part of being human.

What do you rule over?

Definitely not my self-control.

How can we support you and buy more of your work?

I have a book in the works but nothing for sale! Following my Twitter is a good start!

What is your daily motivation?

Being a more accomplished writer than my contemporaries who went to private schools.

Anything coming up in the near future?

I’m teaching a poetry workshop and an essay writing workshop this fall! Also a couple weddings, but I am not looking forward to those lol.

Who is your alter ego?

Smeagol.

Be sure to read Scott’s work in Issue Three!

Glen Armstrong Gives Us Answers!

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What is your favorite breakfast food?

Lately, Steel-cut oatmeal.

Tell us a bit about your work in REALITY BEACH.

“Golden Age 6” is one of seven meditations on how people walk around with strong feelings for a past that never existed.

What is your creative process?

Up before the sun. Write all sorts of unchecked nonsense before the day’s first appointment and before some more rational, less dreamy state of mind intervenes.

Where would you like to be at the end of the universe?

What is your favorite part about being human?

It’s a tie between morality and opposable thumbs.

What do you rule over?

Insects. Snowflakes. Dusty Knickknacks.

How can we support you and buy more of your work?

Google Cruel Garters, and then send me your most unusual poems to consider for publication.

What is your daily motivation?

To get to the other side. (Same as a chicken or Jim Morrison.)

Anything coming up in the near future?

I’m working on a small press fair to take place in Southeast Michigan in the spring. Get in touch if you’d like to participate.

Who is your alter ego?

I sometimes get confused for this lunatic musician who sang Christmas songs about the Manson family back in the ‘80’s. Does that count?

Be sure to read Glen’s work in Issue Three!

August Smith Responds To The Questionnaire!

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What is your favorite breakfast food?

Normally I’d say some type of breakfast sandwich. Bagel, fried egg, cheese, sausage. That kind of situation. But lately—and out of necessity—I’ve been on this prolonged health food kick. Thus, I’ve deeply fallen in love with oatmeal. I sometimes make it with coconut milk and add a bit of honey and some strawberries and walnuts. Unbelievable.

Tell us a bit about your work in REALITY BEACH.

“A Winner is You” is an English sonnet about Japanese-to-English video game mistranslations from the 1980s. The inspiration for it came from a list I found of the “best” video game mistranslations. They really stunned me with their poetic potency. Some of them were beautiful, some hilarious, and some were just plain strange and intriguing.

I knew I wanted to write a poem that was like a tapestry of all these little mistranslations. By loosely basing it on sonnet structure, I afforded it enough scaffolding to keep it from devolving into a mess of found-text and commentary. Plus, I was able to work in that rhetorical twist in the final couplet which I always find satisfying on the reader end. Plus I was able to rhyme “yen” with “ocean” which is cool.

What is your creative process?

In the year 1919, a molasses storage tank at a Boston-based molasses factory exploded, causing a flood of molasses to surge through the streets, coating everything in sticky delicious brown muck. I think of my creative process as that wave of molasses.

Where would you like to be at the end of the universe?

Hanging out with my family in Michigan.

What is your favorite part about being human?

I love those really good days where you get a lot done, interact with amicable strangers, see a friend you haven’t seen for a long time, win a game of Overwatch with your online buddies, drink a couple of delicious beers, read an essay or two, and get down a terrible little poem in your notebook.

What do you rule over?

There’s this sliver of space—a small glen—somewhere between comedians, game designers, pop culture writers, and poets. It’s shaped like a trapazoid. I’ve built a tiny hovel there, where I live like Yoda, serving hearty stews to those who visit. I then regale them with a ribald tale composed in a traditional, rhyming metre.

How can we support you and buy more of your work?

You can go to my website and read my chapbooks, which are all mostly available: http://august.mostlymidwest.com/. You can email me and tell me you like my stuff. You can check out Cool Skull Press and buy one of our books: http://coolskullpress.com.

What is your daily motivation?

When I’m not doing things, I’m listless and angry and depressed and foul. When I’m busy doing things, I’m happy and creative and smart and friendly. I prefer being the latter.

Anything coming up in the near future?

I’m hosting a poetry reading in Boston on Sept. 29th with Metatron. I’m also working on my debut full-length book. Look for that in the post-apocalypse.

Who is your alter ego?

Dean Venture.

Make sure to check out August’s poem in Issue Three!

iDrew Answers Our Questions!

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What is your favorite breakfast food?

Cup of tea, slice of toast with marmalade, another, cup of tea, and a spliff.

Tell us a bit about your work in REALITY BEACH.

Written in my normal style. basically life as I live it and see it. Hopefully there’s a touch of humour in there. I try and keep it relevant but away from the hip hop/spoken word treatment.

What is your creative process?

I don’t really have a process as such. Something will come into my head; maybe just a word or phrase or maybe even something close to the finished piece and over days, weeks, months it will grow.

Where would you like to be at the end of the universe?

At an end of the universe party.

What is your favorite part about being human?

Highs and lows of love.

What do you rule over?

Boyfriends.

How can we support you and buy more of your work?

I suppose the best way to support my work is to get to know the Clueless Collective which we’ve just changed recently to mainly feature myself and Paul with an occasional input from Charlotte who is basically busy with her kids and can’t contribute liked as she once did.

What is your daily motivation?

To write – I’m not sure I have any. If it happens it happens but I don’t force it.
To live – To love and be loved.

Anything coming up in the near future?

Nothing planned as such, so it’s carry on doing me. I would like to explore the idea of recording. I felt a bit sad that I never got it together for Reality Beach, but summer happened in England and when we get summer we have to go for it.

Who is your alter ego?

A tree.

Be sure to check out iDrew’s work in Issue Three!

Chris Campanioni Responds To Our Questions!

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What is your favorite breakfast food?

Apple Jacks—if I was still nine. Now I really enjoy oatmeal with a lot of things thrown in the mix: peanut butter, cottage cheese (yes, I said that), a banana, honey, shredded coconut, a whole lot of cinnamon. Adulthood means never having enough.

Tell us a bit about your work in REALITY BEACH.

(I think the Easter Egg Reality Beach provided—which I just now noticed!—speaks really well to the piece’s context, and the process and the inspiration, which included my students at Pace and a homework prompt I’d assigned to them.)

What is your creative process?

I write while listening to music. I’m very conscious of this; I often create playlists just for writing or for writing specific moments, actual scenes or more tonal emotions. And then of course, the music and the flow of the mix will actually dictate what I write and it will very often overtake what it is I am writing, and I often even try to show that interruption in the text itself. Like song lyrics that puncture the narrative but also create something new.

Where would you like to be at the end of the universe?

Reading The Wild Boys, by William S. Burroughs. While I listen to “The Wild Boys” by Duran Duran … and maybe with my free index finger, slowly write the sequel on my iPhone, which is where almost all of my writing begins, in my Notes section.

What is your favorite part about being human?

Our vulnerability.

What do you rule over?

I bow down to a lot of things: my appetite, my favorite writers and their words, my significant other, the care and guidance of my family and friends. I really can’t think of a single scenario in which I play ruler. I’m not much given to ruling; I’d much rather strive and the view is better looking up.

How can we support you and buy more of your work?

My new book, Death of Art, is available now from C&R Press, and although you can find it in bookstores and on Amazon, I always recommend going straight to the independent source and the publisher itself. I also try to update the Words In Space section of my website as often as I can, and that’s where you can find several poems, short stories, essays, and novel excerpts that have previously been published online, for free. People like free things and I’ve even heard that free food has no calories.

What is your daily motivation?

Writing myself out of death, as WSB would say and what I think he truly wanted. But realistically: just striving to be a better person, and a better writer, each day. And sometimes the two aren’t always mutual, so you have to work at both, especially among the NYC art school literati and so much of the parasitic-sycophantic publishing industry at large.

Anything coming up in the near future?

I have a lot of work appearing in some cool places, from really cool and amazing editors; some of these will be published in the next few weeks, including Yemassee, DIAGRAM (its October erasure issue, in which I erase my favorite Erasure songs), RHINO, and The Brooklyn Rail. One of my favorite hybrid longform pieces—Hot Tips For Healthy Living—was just published by Entropy and it begins with the line: “Never work.” I think it kind of got lost in the montage of recent publications in August when it hit the net, but in a way, it encompasses all of my questions and concerns about postinternet culture, some of which is provoked and intimated in “I arrive as I always do.”

Who is your alter ego?

My parents’ eight-year- old Doberman, named “Lexie.” She can be a troublemaker, but she’s got verve. She’s very playful. I guess she’s my evil twin.

Make sure to read Chris’s poem in Issue Three!

Eliza Ryan Gives Us Answers!

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What is your favorite breakfast food?

Breakfast burrito-if I am in any restaurant and they have a breakfast burrito on the menu, I am ordering it.

Tell us a bit about your work in REALITY BEACH.

I am really proud of the piece, because I started writing it about someone I cared very much for at the time, and by the time I finished editing it and was ready to perform it, I had let go of that part of all of that care and could just appreciate that I wrote a decent poem. And I also like that I stuck with the image of a clown at CVS even though a writer friend of mine suggested I pick something more universal.

What is your creative process?

I usually look at what is bothering me as the problem and think of writing as the solution. Each one of my pieces is coming from a personal place, so I look at whatever that “ problem” is and think, how do I show how this feels, rather than say how it feels? After I zero in on the metaphor I’m trying to build, I research. Doing research is sometimes my favorite part of writing because I get to learn new things. Occasionally, the metaphor falls apart at this stage, because I learn something that, essentially, debunks something I heard and thought was true. If that happens, I start over, or try to find a better way to articulate my feelings without using false information.

Where would you like to be at the end of the universe?

I am pretty boring-at the end of the universe I would like to be with the people I love, probably drinking a decent bourbon, holding at least one cat.

What is your favorite part about being human?

That I have these messy, complex emotions and get to use convoluted metaphors to explain them.

What do you rule over?

I figured out a while ago that I don’t rule over anything. I used to need to control a lot more in my life, but I think I gave that up after I turned 30.

How can we support you and buy more of your work?

I have a Patreon page for myself as well as the podcast I just started with my boyfriend and I am hoping to get enough support from that to self-publish my first collection: https://www.patreon.com/elizahryan.

What is your daily motivation?

I hate how frivolous this sounds, but my daily motivation is to delight people. There is a tremendous amount of negativity in the world, and for good reason, but I can’t fix that problem. My only solution is to try and make at least one person laugh every day, even if I look foolish. Actually, especially if I look foolish.

Anything coming up in the near future?

As far as performing is concerned, I am still trying to find outlets for that, As far as my other creative outlets, I will be selling weird knitted animals at various spots around the Hudson Valley and Berkshire County region in the upcoming months, leading up to Christmas.

Who is your alter ego?

My alter ego would be a vapid, materialistic, nightmare of a person whose greatest ambition in life is to create a brand of flavored vodka or a line of handbags or something. Basically, my alter ego would be one of the Real Housewives.

Be sure to check out Eliza’s poem in Issue Three!

Paul Cunningham Answers Our Questionnaire!

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What is your favorite breakfast food?

Eggs Benedict is one way to my heart.

Tell us a bit about your work in REALITY BEACH.

I’ve been working on Ad Campaign for a number of years. They’re poems that are constructed using real material and real quotations from various American advertisements and television commercials ranging between 1954 and present day. Helixing from poem to poem is a language of consumerism seeking to bombard, invert, recall, and confront issues of technology, gender, sexuality, race, nationhood, and economy via slogans and interpellative taxonomy. One of these poems could begin in 1986 and conclude with a phrase from a popular jingle from 2006. Direct quotations are usually italicized. If something originally appeared in an ad or a commercial rendered in all-caps, I try to mimic/preserve the original appearance. Or whatever the formatting. Then I try to make all the pieces fit together somehow.

What is your creative process?

I’m not sure I have one. I do like to plan things out. I am always thinking large scale. I can’t really just sit down and write anything without having a plan first. Lars von Trier inspired me with the way he plans his films out by storyboarding across the walls of his office. He just writes a sort of timeline of events right across the walls. So I kind of similarly take up a whole room when I work on something. To me, a desk is a limitation. I guess my creative process is that I need a room with no furniture and no people. I can’t be in a public place like a coffee shop. You start to eavesdrop on uninteresting conversations and so your writing becomes uninteresting and next thing you know you’re just writing poems about how shitty the coffee is etc. I like to sit on a floor—in silence—and have everything I need within arm’s reach: notes, books, research articles, etc. I do a lot of research. Actually many artists do research contrary to popular belief. I think a lot of people think artists just sit down and smoke a bowl and everything just comes flowing out of them all magic and easy. I mean, I have nothing against weed, but there’s typically a lot more to it than that. But I also can’t really write stoned or drunk.

Where would you like to be at the end of the universe?

I would prefer to perish alongside someone I love. And should the universe end in a series of catastrophic explosions, at least there’s the chance that our flaming, exploded parts might mix together mid-air, cinematic-like, in the smoke of some reddening protein haze.

What is your favorite part about being human?

LOL

What do you rule over?

There’s a Radioactive Moat I’m pretty fond of. It’s a chapbook press with a bi-annually published online journal component called Deluge.

How can we support you and buy more of your work?

Toad Press is distributing my translation of Sara Tuss Efrik’s three-part poem The Night’s Belly this fall. The Night’s Belly (or Nattens Mage) first appeared in the 2013 Gurlesque issue of Sweden’s 10TAL lit journal. You should also check out Volume 1 of OOMPH! Press’s recent Contemporary Works in Translation Anthology, which includes the translation of Part III of The Night’s Belly (side-by-side with the original Swedish). It also includes translations of poetry and prose works from the German, Arabic, Hebrew, Croatian, Spanish, French and Portuguese languages. Also, if you’re a fan of Sara’s work, there might still be some copies of her Automanias chapbook remaining—available from Goodmorning Menagerie.

What is your daily motivation?

Knowing each new day could always be my last day.

Anything coming up in the near future?

Possibly my last day. Which will keep me quite productive in the meantime. I’m just here to have a good time.

Who is your alter ego?

Grace Jones

Make sure to read Paul’s work in Issue Three!

Jenna Cartindale Responds to the Questionnaire!

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What is your favorite breakfast food?

I am a New Yorker. I eat a lot of bagels. Not-toasted + cream cheese. Unless I’m suffering from a hangover. Then it’s toasted and slathered with a disgusting amount of butter.

Tell us a bit about your work in REALITY BEACH.

It’s mostly music to get you in the mood. The mood being related to kink & OKCupid, anyway.

What is your creative process?

That thing I read and can’t stop thinking about + some language I wrote down a while back + what you said to me on the subway + feelings.

Where would you like to be at the end of the universe?

Not on fire.

What is your favorite part about being human?

Roller coasters. I’ve never seen a dog ride the Cyclone.

What do you rule over?

If I have enough whiskey, I can definitely dominate a conversation.

How can we support you and buy more of your work?

Tacos.

What is your daily motivation?

The dismantling of the patriarchy.

Anything coming up in the near future?

“Near” is tricky, but Dancing Girl Press is going to publish my chapbook, A California, in early 2017.

Who is your alter ego?

At my corp gig, the head of facilities always refers to my direct report at “Robin.”

Make sure to check out Jenna’s poems in Issue Three!

Jenny MacBain-Stephens Answers Our Questions!

 

 

 

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What is your favorite breakfast food?

EGGS. ALWAYS.

Tell us a bit about your work in REALITY BEACH.

My first poem “Anthropomorphic” is an older poem where I was playing around with the idea of marketing and getting into heaven. My poem “Baby” is based on a dream I had where the dream is exactly what happens in the poem. What is your creative process? If I need inspiration I read poets/books that I like and that usually sparks something. Art always inspires me. Or sometimes I just like lying on the floor with a legal pad and I just start writing whatever is in my head. I definitely like writing while lying on the floor but then I have to transcribe everything into the laptop.

Where would you like to be at the end of the universe?

If you mean at the end of the world, I’d love to be surrounded by friends and family laughing and eating and saying nice things to each other. If you mean I suddenly have access to space travel, I would love to meet a race of Time Lords and have them adopt me.

What is your favorite part about being human?

Our ability to bounce back and say Fuck it.

What do you rule over?

I am AMAZING at stacking big things on top of little things. BECAUSE THAT MAKES SENSE.

How can we support you and buy more of your work?

All of my chapbooks and information on my two forthcoming collections are listed in WRITING at my website here

What is your daily motivation?

I learned that if I am feeling crappy, I can write and feel better.

Anything coming up in the near future?

My first full length book of poetry Your Best Asset is a White Lace Dress, is coming out with Yellow Chair Press very soon. My chapbook Dixit: Every Picture Tells a Story, or The Wrong Items, is forthcoming from White Knuckle Press in 2017 and She Came Out From Under the Bed, (Poems Inspired by the Films of Guillermo del Toro) is forthcoming from Dancing Girl Press in 2017 as well.

Who is your alter ego?

I don’t have one because I am an ARIES and we always trapped in the ME.

Be sure to read Jenny’s poems in Issue Three!