Interview with Nate Maxson


Q: When did you start writing?

A: I started writing as a teenager as a way to flex my angst muscles.

Q: Who are your biggest inspirations/your favourite writers?

A: Among poets, the late great Franz Wright rocks my world, the beats especially Gregory Corso. Some contemporary or living poets who really grab me are BH Fairchild, Elspeth Pancrazi, Jane Lewty, Gary Jackson, Frederick Seidel. I read a wide swath of poetry. I also find myself very inspired by novels. I adore Thomas Pynchon and have also found myself reading a lot of South American literature. Cortazar, Bolano, Andres Neuman. Bolano’s “2666” is among the most powerful novels I’ve ever read.

Q: What time of day do you do most of your writing?

A: Early evening. I kinda collect bits and pieces and phrases throughout my day and then when I get home from work I see what I can coalesce them into. I’m a magpie, I collect shiny pieces and then carry them to my nest to put into a pile and call that a poem.

Q:  Why do you write?

A:  It’s satisfying in a way nothing else is.

Q: Do you have any favourite quotes from writers?

A: Bukowski in one of his more contemplative moods said “As the spirit wanes the form appears”. I like that.

Q: What is one piece of advice you would give new/aspiring writers?

A: Don’t approach your work like a singularity. Total originality is so over rated. Absorb everything you read everything that moves you and let it change and mutate your art. Change is good.

Q: Do you have any collections, chapbooks, or other books available for people to purchase?

A: I do. If you go on amazon you can find several books by me including “The Age Of Jive” and “The Whisper Gallery”

“Nate Maxson is a writer and performance artist. The author of several collections of poetry, he lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He has an abiding interest in history and quantum physics but fate conspired to make him a poet instead of a quantum historian.”

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