Joe Milazzo Gives Us Answers!


What is your beverage of choice?

Topo Chico

Tell us a little bit about your work in REALITY BEACH.

@p_roblem_s is a chapbook-length poetic sequence that began life as a pseudonymous Twitter account (since deactivated / annihilated ) I managed from 2010 through 2011. The manuscript’s present collation is the result of certain chance operations (e.g., running the contents of the original feed through an application designed to produce randomized sequences; running the contents through an application designed to reorder those same contents by time-stamp, and irregardless of date), light revision, and—in some rare instances where I spotted opportunities to augment cohesion and coherence—new composition.

What is your typical writing process?

I write whenever and however I can manage. I steal most of my writing opportunities form my morning responsibilities and try and walk every day in order to set those contemplations necessary for composition in motion.

If you had a talk show, what would the name be?

This Could Be You, And You Could Be Anybody

Do you have any home remedies for loneliness?

Read voraciously, read indiscriminately, and read works in translation as much as possible.

What have you conquered recently?

A chromatic tangle of banana plug patch cables.

Where can we buy more of your work (if applicable)?

My novel, Crepuscule W/ Nellie, is available directly from Jaded Ibis Press. My debut poetry collection, The Habiliments, published by Apostrophe Books, is available via SPD.

What motivates you?

Making is my refuge, but making isn’t a monastery, if that makes sense. I find making to be the most personally rewarding thing I can do on my own, and yet the things I make help me to reconnect to the world outside of myself in ways that make that world ultimately feel more hospitable.

Any upcoming projects?

Too many! An essay on a recent exhibition by painter Sedrick Huckaby. A novel, tentatively entitled Visions of a Mexican Wrestler. Set in Dallas in the 1970s; narrated by a dyslexic teen; an unabashedly prog rock novel, I suppose. A book of character and persona poems focused on matters of minor celebrity and tentatively entitled Acrostic Aspic. For the month of July, I am composing and recording very short pieces of electronic music, one track per day. The final results (31 of them) will be collected under the title Pocket Drones and be made freely available via my Bandcamp page.

If Earth is a mother, and Time is a father, then what is Art?

Every orphan ever.

Be sure to read Joe’s poems in Issue Two!