December Poet of the Month: Eric Keizer

December Poet of the Month: Eric Keizer

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Our intent is to make writers of all forms and genres—from non-fiction to poetry to flash to novelists to short story, essay, and fiction, etc.— feel at home. This is why we decided to scour the internet and honor one deserving poet a month.

Since Eric Keizer is one of our own, it would make no sense to announce our first poet of the month as anyone else. We chose Eric not only for his way with words, dynamic flow and rhythm, and great personality, but also because he is a creative writer with a great story to tell.

Our Write Side is honored to present Eric Keizer as our first Poet of the Month.

Eric Keizer

 

Name: Eric Keizer

Email: ekeizer01@gmail.com

Preferred Genre: poetry

 

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Hello. We are delighted to honor you as our Poet of the Month here on Our Write Side.

First, let’s discuss your writing…

Featured PostsWhat inspires you to write poetry?  

I think the “human condition” is something that inspires me. I try to find novel ways to make connections between people and the actions they do- with and to each other.

What does being creative mean to you?  

Creativity is the nearly overwhelming desire to express a mental image in some medium. For me, words help to convey the pictures I “see” inside. I think it’s a valuable asset we all share, in one way or another.

Which do you enjoy more: the writing, revising, or sharing of a poem?  

 In various degrees, I enjoy all three, but I think the actual writing is the most enjoyable part. I kind of feel like revising is a “necessary evil”, and only do it because it is essential.

Can you describe the time when you first realized writing poetry was something you had to do?

I first began to want to write poetry after reading “The Raven”. I was captivated by Poe’s imagery, and wondered if I could write something as amazing. Thirty years later, I’m still chasing that kind of artistic mastery.

iowa book cover b2Do you have a ritual or routine you must complete or have while you are writing?

Yes. I have to listen to music- and the musical genre changes. Sometimes, it must be heavy metal, while at other times, it must be folksy easy listening. When I do sit down to write, I try to finish writing the piece all at once. I focus on the piece because I worry I will forget what it was I was trying to convey. Sometimes, a word or phrase will pop into my head, and I must get it down quickly, or run the risk of losing it.

What are you trying to communicate with your writing?

I write a lot of “observational poetry”, and try to convey intimate details about what I “see” in my mind’s eye. There are three sides to our lives: those pieces of ourselves we allow others to see, those parts we keep hidden, and then, somewhere in between those, lies the reality of existence. I try to share images of reality.

What are you currently working on?

I have two collections of poetry I am working on. Neither are quite ready yet, but I am hoping to have at least one done early next year.

What makes poetry good?

Clever wordsmiths can draw you into their pieces so completely that you feel as though you’re standing beside them- seeing what they see and feeling what they feel. I also think that being unafraid to challenge conventions is important when writing poetry. Mixing “it” up is perfectly acceptable.

Thanks for discussing your writing. Now, let’s talk a little bit about you…

When you aren’t writing, what do you do?

I am a teacher and professional tutor at a junior college. I currently work with LD and special needs students.

Teacher Tales Featured Image KeizerIf you could have a do-over, would you choose your calling or non-writing job again today?

I absolutely would choose it again. I feel blessed to work with the students, and it is a rewarding and fun job. Of course, if I could have a do-over, I would have entered this field in my 20’s rather than my 40’s, but I think that my life experiences have helped prepare me for where (and who) I am today.

Tell us about a favorite childhood memory.

My maternal grandmother lived with us until she passed away. She was an amazing person, and I was fortunate to have a close relationship with her. She always had cookies in her pantry, and would often buy my favorite cookies to keep on hand.

Name one poet most people don’t know about, but should.

Sam DeLoach is an amazing poet. His work is full of powerful imagery, and he is a consummate wordsmith.

Where do you see yourself as a poet in five years?

Hopefully, as a poet with a couple of published collections.

urban mythology 5How about sharing your favorite poet?  Robert Frost

Author?   Mark Twain

Book?       Faultline, by Sheila Ortiz Taylor

Song?      That’s too difficult to answer… I have many.

Movie?    Any Clint Eastwood “Spaghetti Western”

Food?      Giordano’s stuffed pizza

If you could pass along only one piece of advice to other poets, what would it be?

Don’t give up; never stop writing!

And in conclusion, would you please share your favorite poem penned by yourself and tell us why it is so special to you?

This poem, Wednesday, is about my experiences growing up in the Portage Park area of Chicago. It also pays homage to e.e. cummings’ masterpiece, [in Just-], one of my very favorites.

Wednesday

Austere Wednesday is the foil

To Tuesday’s manic pace.

Goat-footed cart-men,

Silent until within range,

Of Gladys, or Martha,

Or even Evelyn,

Liltingly sing the praises,

Of Italian backyard strawberries,

Or grapes,

Farm-a fresh.

And Gladys, or Martha,

Or even Evelyn,

Hurry to the back garden gate,

Clutching crumpled cash,

From modestly priced purses

And clutches.

The goat-footed cart-man,

Whistles

far

and wee,

One- a pint, one-a dollar,

And Gladys, or Martha,

Or even Evelyn,

Liltingly sing the praises,

Of Italian backyard strawberries,

Or grapes,

Farm-a fresh.

While Wednesday and

The goat-footed cart-man,

Tenderly

Pass over

Speed humps in the alley.

Thank you for taking the time to answer our questions today. 

Don’t forget to check out Eric’s weekly Wednesday column, Teacher Tales, right here on Our Write Side. Would you like to read more of his poetry? Check out his page in our newsletter, this Special Delivery, and this post.

 

 

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