Kenneth P. Gurney Gives Us Answers!



What is your favorite breakfast food?

Homemade hash browns, sautéed spinach with garlic and onion, and two eggs over easy. Shortly there after some 70% dark chocolate. On mornings when I don’t want to cook: almond butter spread on a ripe apple, bite by bite—and the chocolate.

Tell us a bit about your work in REALITY BEACH.

After watching piñon smoke curl into a bird shape and missing the sparrows due to a chill April day and not filling the feeders. This poem happened out of that longing. (I did fill the feeders later that day and the sparrows returned and brought colorful finches with them.)

What is your creative process?

Bicycle a bunch of miles, workout at the gym, to tire the body somewhat so there is not enough energy in me for my mind to get in the way of reaching deeper creative portions of my person. If weather won’t allow copious calorie burning, then writing in the hour before dawn when the world is at its quietest and the earth spirits are easier to accept.

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

Sitting next to Dianne in the back yard, watching and listening to the thrashers do their thing. Tea (iced or hot depending on the season) would grace the table (Dianne takes rich black coffee) and some dark 70% chocolate for me, mint 65% dark for her, on hand, because chocolate makes everything better—even the end of the universe.

What is your favorite part about being human?


What do you rule over?

I barely rule myself. With my gargantuan imagination ruling myself is a lot of work. Trying to rule over anything more than myself would be too exhausting and bothersome. Well, I guess I rule over my collection of stuffed animal bunny rabbits. They have remained on the shelf where I placed them without fuss or complaint.

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

I feel fortunate in the “support my work” regard. My 7 self published poetry books sold between 200 and 500 copies each, which is more than I dared hope would go out into the world to garner collateral reading and highlighters and margin comments. It seems like good numbers for a non-famous american poet. Since you posted my poem and have a link to my website where readers, if they enjoy my work, can locate other links to purchase my books, that is good. If you read a book of my poetry and enthusiastically wrote of it in your blog, I am sure that would be of great assistance.

What is your daily motivation?

My goal is omniscience. I’m not there yet.

Anything coming up in the near future?

I am hoping for (planning is useless for this) a serendipitous meet up with a stranger at my favorite cafe that unintentionally leads to a conversation that runs deep into personal philosophies and leaves a sense of a true connection, even though we both know they will return home out of state and we will never communicate again. Since I live in Albuquerque, NM and Balloon Fiesta is about to start, there is a chance of this happening. Maybe a European person with a travel inducing accent on their English.

Who is your alter ego?

You mean I have to choose one. Ok. One. The reincarnated spirit of Colonel Rush Hawkins of the 9th New York Zouaves.

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