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Interview with Poet Walt Wojtanik

I have a treat for you all. I’m visiting today with someone whom I’ve come to know over the past few years, though not as well as I’d like. Poet or playwright, Walt Wojtanik is someone to emulate, especially in this world of verse and meter.

Walt has made a place for himself in the world of poetry and in the hearts of those who’ve come to know him, even a little. On his poetry site “Poetic Bloomings,” that he co-administers with Marie Elena Good, he describes himself as a hibiscus.

I can see that about him; a large, brilliant carmine blossom, waving from its post at the end of branch, daring others to do as much, always teetering on the verge of romance or insight. And while the blossom might be short-lived, the impact of its existence is not. Walt’s poetry always touches the reader, whether with romance, humor, or philosophy.

This hard-working poet writes so prolifically that his cache of work boggles the mind. During the Poetic Asides PAD challenges, he contributes three or more new poems per day, all while administering multiple websites and taking care of the rest of his life. For the 2010 PAD challenge, he was selected as the Poet Laureate; a well-deserved title.

Hello, Walt. I want to thank you for doing this interview. I have some small idea of how busy you are with your own work, and I appreciate you taking time out to spend with us.

Walt: Thanks for the invitation to chat, Claudette. I’m flattered that you would deem my work as worthy.

Claudsy: It’s my pleasure. When I first met you, you were doing the Micro Poetry page on Facebook. I admit to being intimidated by you and all of the “Old-timers” that contributed regularly. Would you tell us about your work habits when it comes to poetry?

Walt: Although I have been writing song lyrics for 43 years, my poetry has only seen resurgence for the past four years.  Attempting the 2009 Poetic Asides April Poem-A-Day Challenge, I began a journey that has brought me to this point in my writing career. It was surely serendipity in every sense of the word.

In being prodded to take on the challenge by a good friend, it had put me in contact with some incredible and very talented people. You mentioned Marie (Marie Elena Good). Three days into April I was ready to give up that foolishness and resign myself to the fact that I was a dreamer thinking I could write anything worth people’s attention. She placed a comment that was supportive and nurturing and kick started my muse into high gear. I built confidence and quite the following from that point.

Writing a poem a day was indeed a challenge, but writing 7 to 10 poems a day bordered on the certifiable. Half way through the first challenge I established my blog THROUGH THE EYES OF A POET’S HEART (link below) to keep my poems organized.

Claudsy: You and Marie Elena (whom I adore) have collaborated on two websites. Both are marvelous for the reader and aspiring poets alike. How did the two of you choose to create Across the Lake, Eerily? Both title and site are terrific.

Walt: I am from Buffalo, New York which sits at the eastern most tip of Lake Erie. Marie Elena is in the Toledo/Maumee, Ohio area which pinpoints the western most tip of the same lake. I had noticed a lot of Marie’s poems had a familiarity to them, as if I had experienced that of which she wrote.

We had determined that this connective body of water was the key. Our backgrounds and upbringings were eerily parallel, and in exploring that fact have become what we fondly call ourselves the “best friends we’ve NEVER met”. So here we are situated “Across Lake Erie” living these “eerily” same lives and the title of the blog came from that.

I presented the idea for it to my “Partner” across the lake. Initially, Marie played the Wayne Campbell (Mike Myer’s WAYNE’S WORLD) card with her “I’m not worthy” attitude. I needed to convince her that she was. And in that, I created a monster! (Love you, Marie!)

Claudsy: I can second that sentiment. She’s one of the loveliest people I know. Now you have Poetic Bloomings, which has carved out an international place in the sun. Poets from many venues congregate there, contribute, and have their own poetry pages, thanks to your beneficence. How much work goes into administering such a website? I ask this for all those other poets out there who might dream of having such a spot of their own.

Walt: Well, for as much as ACROSS THE LAKE, EERILY provided my and Marie’s poetry a place to grow after the Poem-A-Day challenge, we wanted to extend that further to allow our poetic friends and comrades to add their worded brilliance in a similar way that Robert Lee Brewer, the administrator of the Poetic Asides blog, had done.

Plus, it kept all those derelict poets off of the streets between challenges. The POETIC BLOOMINGS name came from a poem I had written for one of the PAD daily prompts where I referred to my poems as the “blooming of my soul”. When Marie suggested we try to assemble the blog, I had already anticipated such an undertaking. Within five minutes, POETIC BLOOMINGS was online. The design and weekly prompts are my responsibility, as is the IN-FORM POET (exposing our poets to a new poetic form) which appears on alternate Wednesdays.

The other half of those days, Marie conducts our WEB-WEDNESDAY INTERIEW in which she chooses one of our contributing poets and shines a light on their work and personal poetry blogs much like we’re doing here. We are looking to add some new features as we begin our second year of propagating poetry with our friends.

Claudsy: Still, you have a family and a life outside of your online activities. Most of us have outside lives. Is there much interference between the two for you, or do you allow that outside life to act as impetus and fodder for your poetry?

Walt: Short answer? Yes! It is a struggle fitting my writing (especially the poetry) into my life. And with the oppressive number of pieces I’ve written, you can imagine the burden that places on my home situation. My daughters (Melissa, 25 and Andrea, 19 going on 39) are my best critics and biggest fans.

I’d like to say my wife is fully on board with it, but I won’t lie to you, she thinks my time could be better spent. But my need to express wins out in the long run, grudgingly. My belief is that inspiration is everywhere you look for it, so a lot of my outside life is reflected in my poems. My first poetry collection – a chapbook entitled, WOOD, explores the relationship between me and my father who was a Master Carpenter (we lived on Wood Street) and battled alcoholism and liver cancer.

Claudsy: That volume of yours packs a punch, on several levels. Could you tell us more about how much of your young life goes into either your poetry or your plays?

Walt: You’d be surprised. If you took all my songs, and poems, short stories and stage plays and bound them together, they would tell my life’s story. As a thirteen year old geek, I was writing love songs for girls I hadn’t met yet. My debilitating shyness as I was growing up became the subject of many early pieces and I found them to be cathartic and liberating.

I had taken a Creative Writing class in High School, and the first poem assignment I had written was panned by the instructor and the class. What followed were scathing parodies that brought my cynical eye and sarcasm to the fore. A lot of what show up today came from that one class.

My children’s books were based on Andrea’s relationship with her first grade teacher.  Up, my first play, TAKING UP SPACE was semi-autobiographical. So, I’d say 90% of my youth goes into my work. Can you imagine what I will be able to do once I grow up?

Claudsy: And speaking of those plays, what were they about and do you still write for the stage?

Walt: TAKING UP SPACE is a comedy about a young man who lives his life by the dictates of his precious Space/Science Fiction movies, until a “close encounter” foists realities into his life to open his eyes.

CHANGING WITH THE SEASONS is based on John Keats’ poem, THE HUMAN SEASONS, where he equates different stages of a person’s life with a different season of the year. My SEASONS take the lives of a group of friends from the playgrounds of their youth to their elder years.

SKETCHES IN STILL LIFE is a series of vignettes staged as paintings in an art gallery. All three have earned awards from the Writer’s Digest Writing Competitions and have been staged locally in Buffalo. I actually have drafted another play, am fashioning a musical out of my compositions and have a screen play that is drawing my passion at the moment.  The trick is finding about six more hours in my day.

Claudsy: They all sound fascinating. I wish I could have seen them. I love plays. Even though you started late, you’ve written much about your life through verse. You seem to relish the intimacy of poetry, sometimes with urgency and others with reflection. What moods/emotional states grip you when you’re writing urgently; and when you reflect?

Walt: I can’t speak for other poets. As for me, poetry comes from a place so internal that I don’t write them, they explode out of me, dying to find the light of day. My habit had always been to write for the therapeutic aspect of it and hide them away. POETIC ASIDES rescued me from that for good. Poetry is emotion. It is heart. It lives and breathes and chokes on the marrow of life. It regurgitates and resuscitates. It expresses and soothes. It massages hearts and caresses souls.

Poetry is life. Do you want to know you’re alive? Write a poem with reckless abandon and let someone read it. You feel naked; vulnerable – vindicated and validated. I can write in a pensive mood, reflective mood, out of anger or from a deep and consuming love. It’s funny, I inherited one of my father’s “genies in a bottle”, but I never remember writing inebriate. Maybe I was just that wasted.

Claudsy: Tell us about “I Am Santa Clause.” This is a new and different venture for you.

Walt: Another tidbit from a POETIC ASIDES prompt where I saw myself as this Santa Claus figure flying the Christmas Eve sky to deliver a “frozen wisp of a sigh”, a kiss, to my beloved. The final line has become my tag line and the inspiration for the “I AM SANTA CLAUS” book.

It is intended to be collaboration with a friend from High School who has agreed to illustrate some of the poems to enhance the book. It tells of the “everyman is Santa Claus” part of life. When I say I AM SANTA CLAUS, I’m saying we are ALL Santa Claus.

Claudsy: I can’t wait to see this one come out. What other new plans do you have on your goals list for the rest of this year? Are you going to launch another website for poets or perhaps put out a marvelous poetry collection?

Walt: Marie and I are putting the finishing touches on getting ACROSS THE LAKE, EERILY into print. The Santa Claus project, of course. And I plan on sitting down for at least five minutes this year and do nothing but veg-out. I see that one falling flat on its face. I have enough websites to keep me busy for now. Maybe I’ll start painting again. Who knows? Being alive in the morning would be nice, too!

Claudsy: I can sympathize with that morning daze reference. Ha! I can also tell you that my book list order form is getting longer as we speak. I know your time is short, but if you would tell us, what practical advice would you give new writers, poets or otherwise?

Walt: You were born with all the tools you need to succeed. It’s your job to figure out how to use them. Re-invent yourself. You are who you aspire to be. Enough clichés?

All (of) that IS important to an extent, but let your eyes dictate what your heart sees. Be observant and inspiration will find you. And keep writing. From draft, through revision, to the final product, keep writing. The entire process matters. Robert Lee Brewer had quoted a friend who had said poetry was all about the process, and I have come to believe that completely.

Claudsy: And the process can be such a satisfying thing in its own right. I’m so happy that you could spend some time with us today, Walt. Thank you again for gracing my small space here. Please drop by any time you feel the need to sprinkle a poem on my word-filled garden.

Walt: Hmmm, poems and gardens? I do like the sound of that…

As Walt exits on poetic journeys of the day, I want to say how proud I am that he shared so much with us today. If you haven’t become acquainted with this man’s verse, do yourself a favor and indulge.

Please go surfing soon among the poetic islands created by Walt Wojtanik. Allow the sun to set as you comb the beaches presented there, as you pick up m multi-colored shells to take home and place in your treasure boxes. Take your mini-vacation at the following resorts and enjoy the treatments you find there.

http://aleerily.wordpress.com/
http://iamsantaclaus.wordpress.com/
http://poeticbloomings.com/poetic-recollections/walt-wojtanik/

WOOD, a poetry collection released in 2011.

One of the administrators of Flashy Fiction (http://flashyfiction.blogspot.com)

THROUGH THE EYES OF A POET’S HEART

wojisme.wordpress.com

My heart envisions what my eyes refuse to see.

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  1. May 7, 2012 at 6:10 am

    Dear Claudsy … A thoroughly delightful and professional
    article illuminating the multi-faceted accomplishments of Walt Wojtanik
    until as a loving polished diamond he sparkled on the screen…
    Thanks to you both for a wonderful kick-off to a new week … “blossoming”
    poetically and for all I know with some “eerily” synchronistic connections to
    come 🙂 Truly, an interview on both sides of the “mike” that expressed the individual
    and individusl abundant talent:) of CJY. & WW… THANK YOU BOTH !

    • claudsy
      May 7, 2012 at 9:29 am

      Thank you so much, Pearl. I had such a wonderful time do this interview. It seemed to have been far longer than two years since my last experience like this with a great interviewee, and yet brought back such great memories of the pleasure I’ve had with my guests onsite.

      Walt has been such a gracious artist and I can’t fault him for anything. The only thing I would change is to have had more time with him on this small stage of mine.

      You’ve been marvelous, Walt. Thank you so much.

  2. Marie Elena
    May 7, 2012 at 6:25 am

    Two thumbs WAY UP!

    Clauds, you did a fabulous job! In part because Walt writes his heart, and I read every syllable of his work, I tend to think I know just about everything about him. Silly me. You’ve unbolted a cubby and exposed buried bits of our brilliant Buffalonian. Bravo! 😀

    Walt, I SO want to see one of your plays. I have this dream in my head of an audience filled with all of us who have been captured and changed by your words. I think you’d be surprised at the auditorium we would need to hold all of us.

    You two dear people did my heart good this morning.

    • May 7, 2012 at 6:47 am

      Oh Marie … What a lovely comment for your “pardner across the lake” …. I still remember that long ago time when you and Walt were sitting in a ” poetic tree” your collaboration just budding… I recall offering to ” help” with your new project if need be, not realizing what has of course become apparent that you were two kindred spirits, the “best two friends who never met” … and how that connection would grow and so profusely blossom for each individualky and both of you as a team! …. :))))

    • May 7, 2012 at 7:36 am

      Well, if you ask the right questions, you may get the unexpected answers. The plays were indeed a crowning achievement. The is video of the last two (SEASONS and SKETCHES) but unfortunately, TAKING UP SPACE turned into an A/V nightmare, and all record of it was lost. But I do have pretty certificates from WD to verify it existed! 😉

      Thanks for the support and kick in the posterior.

      • claudsy
        May 7, 2012 at 9:39 am

        Thank you, Walt. Glad I could accommodate. You might just have to reprise those thespian offerings for a small tour of their own. You never know where that might lead. I’m also ghad that this interview was a good experience for you. You were a marvelous subject and more than accommodating in your own right.

        Please hurry with the screenplay, okay. I’d really like to know that story.

    • claudsy
      May 7, 2012 at 9:30 am

      He’s a winner, Marie, who makes anyone look good. You get the privilege of working with this lovely person every day. I’m glad you were willing to share your “pardner” for this one occasion. And I think your right about the audience that would assemble at a staging of one of his plays.

  3. May 7, 2012 at 6:37 am

    Okay, since I’m used to multiple postings … This one for Walt.. for the single reader out there who may just have come onto the Internet this morning for the first time… Walt is perhaps the most prolific, profusely talented and passionate poet in cyberspace or flying above it as Santa Clause… There is “prolific” and then there is prolifically consistently good .. Walt is the latter, whether a romantic sonnet, an edgy repartee, a piece of slice of life commentary, a poem arranged in a startling accurate form, a bantered beginning of a volley of commentary.. well the list of earned accolades goes on… Moreover, he has willingly shared his own vulnerability in his journey as a creative spirit that comforts, and inspires the work and personal voyages of untold numbers of others. WW… perhaps Worderful Walt :). Thank you for it all … always a fascinating rich ride .. Next stop? Who knows ? … therein lies the wonder-full excitement….that will keep us always tuned in….

    • May 7, 2012 at 7:45 am

      I was anticipating mutiple postings from you, so I waited a while to reply.

      Those are some wonderful words up there Pearl. I appreciate them more than you could know.
      This struggle we all share sometimes clouds and distorts the underlying respect and comraderie that exists between us in this community (be it “street”, “playground”, “garden” or “nut house”). Thankfully, it acts as kindling for the poetic pyres we all keep internally burning.
      Thank you for your support and all you do for the cause of poetry, Pearl.

      And if “Walt” is prolifically consistently good, then “Pearl” runs a close second. (Maybe slightly less prolific by a hair, but equally as good).

      • claudsy
        May 7, 2012 at 9:40 am

        Hear, hear!

      • May 7, 2012 at 10:36 am

        Awwww Walt 🙂 Believe it or not…going to keep it short and simple …. THANK YOU feels reallllllly good ! Happy poeming, penning, seeing, being ………

    • claudsy
      May 7, 2012 at 9:33 am

      Ah, Pearl, you’re priceless. You’re also correct in your assessment of our Friend here. I’ll read Walt’s work whenever I get a chance. The man has magic in those poetic fingers of his.

      • May 7, 2012 at 10:37 am

        🙂

  4. May 7, 2012 at 8:00 am

    Clauds, I am so pleased that you interviewed Walt. I’m a huge fan of his poetry, and it’s fun to know a bit more about the man behind the ryhmes. Well done on a very good interview!

    • claudsy
      May 7, 2012 at 9:41 am

      Thanks, Misky. This has been such a great return to interviewing. I couldn’t have chosen better. I can’t help but think the choice was inspired.

      • May 7, 2012 at 8:49 pm

        Inspired and inspiring, Claudette!! SUCH a great interview of SUCH a really special person. His heart and humor reach great distances…I’m so blessed to know him and so inspired to be writing in this community with him!

        I’m so moved by your thoughts on poetry, Walt, and the two paragraphs starting with the one that says “I can’t speak for other poets,” “The poetry is life” parts and the rich language you use to describe the guts of being a poet are so raw and beautiful!! I love it and I love your work, Walt!! Great advice for writers, too, by the way. Very valuable! BIG “Hannah-smiles,” to you, Walt!!!

      • claudsy
        May 7, 2012 at 9:00 pm

        Thank you, Hannah, for your enthusiasm and gracious compliments. Everyone has been so kind today, as always. Walt will speak for himself, as he’s done all day. I enjoyed every minute of this process with Walt. He made things so easy. I’m glad that you found it so worthwhile, my friend.

  5. May 7, 2012 at 8:24 am

    Claudsy – thanks for the lovely interview. And Walt – despite the fact that I would love to see what you might do once you’ve grown up, I still hope you never grow up. (Just get a bit older…like the rest of us.) ☼

    • claudsy
      May 7, 2012 at 9:43 am

      Thank you so much, RJ. It’s a keeper and so it Walt.

  6. May 7, 2012 at 8:58 am

    How wonderful to learn more about Walt. He is a pure talent who has inspired me since I stumbled across him on the web over a year ago! I, too look forward to attending one of his plays with many of my “poetic” friends!

    • claudsy
      May 7, 2012 at 9:46 am

      Isn’t is funny how long we can know “something” about a person and then “Phttt” there’s suddenly an entire slew of facts and details we aren’t expecting that come flooding out onto the table to be sorted through? Thanks for the kind words, Kelly. Glad not to disappoint.

      And that theater would be really crowded, if with no one but poets.

  7. Poetic Bloomings
    May 7, 2012 at 9:56 am

    P.S. If you love his words on “paper,” you NEED to HEAR them in his own voice, with his own inflections and heart-displaying splendor. And cute-as-all-get-out accent. 😉 In other words, get a CD.

    Marie Elena

    • May 7, 2012 at 5:54 pm

      My own voice? Yes. My own inflections? OK. Heart-displaying splendor? Absolutely! Cute-as-all-get-out? Maybe. But I do NOT have an accent. Alright maybe one or two poems are “acted” out in a different voice…I…um…thank you, Marie!

      • Marie Elena
        May 7, 2012 at 6:57 pm

        I beg to differ. You have an accent. People will buy your CD and decide for themselves. If there are from anywhere besides NY, they will hear and acknowledge your cute-as-all-get-out accent.

        Yep. 😉

  8. claudsy
    May 7, 2012 at 10:00 am

    Thanks for reminding me, Marie. A gotta be heard to be believed experience.

  9. May 7, 2012 at 10:02 am

    Thank you, Claudsy, for getting Walt to fill in some of the gaps for us. His output is such that I am regularly left open-mouthed at its quality, and also the daunting quantity! I reckon he must live 48 hours in every 24. Thank you, Walt, for all you do for the poetry community.

    • claudsy
      May 7, 2012 at 10:08 am

      You’re more than welcome, Viv. I don’t think I could have asked a better premier interviewee. He’d a phenom as far as I’m concerned, too. So glad you liked my offering. He made it what it is. All I had to do was think up questions. He had the hard part.

  10. May 7, 2012 at 11:46 am

    Yes, thank you both for a great break. And Marie Elena and Walt: Haven’t you met? Well, of course on the internet – but I mean “really” met.

    • claudsy
      May 7, 2012 at 12:33 pm

      Amazing how two “strangers” can work so well together, isn’t it?

    • May 7, 2012 at 5:50 pm

      Andrea, we almost met once. I had traveled to Columbus, Ohio for a weekend and Marie was scheduled to be in Columbus (her hometown) the same weekend for a Baby Shower, I believe. But she had taken ill and never made the trip from Maumee. We do have an incredible bond and we credit this body of water that rests placidly between us, Lake Erie. Our experiences are very similar.

      • Marie Elena
        May 7, 2012 at 6:59 pm

        That’s right! And Columbus would have been a super cool place to meet, too!

  11. claudsy
    May 7, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    I just wanted to say how awesome poets and their supporters are. You’ve all made this marvelous interview a thing of joy and satisfaction beyond what I gained from talking with Walt.

    You all deserve medals if you ask me.

  12. May 7, 2012 at 1:22 pm

    Claudsy, An excellent well deserved interview on what I consider (without meeting him) a wonderful, caring person, and a tremednous talent whose work we have all been fortunate to step into.

  13. May 7, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    A great interview Claudsy of one of my heroes; Walt is not only unbelievably talented and prolific, he’s also unfailingly kind … I usually go on and on but today I let Pearl speak for both of us (she’s going to kill me for this …) – I’m kidding; it’s just that everything she said goes at least double for me and she said it so eloquently … I’m not even going to try … again, loved the interview – thanks so much!

    • claudsy
      May 7, 2012 at 3:21 pm

      Ah, thank you so much, S.E. I agree with your assessment of our friend Walt. He’s always around to sprinkle wisdom over our wee seedlings of verse. Pearl is definitely a consummate cheerleader. I’m so glad that you enjoyed this interview. Please come back in future to see what happening, with or without poets on hand.

    • May 8, 2012 at 12:29 am

      Far from “killing you” I am delighted that my words resonated with your thoughts too! :)))

  14. Janet
    May 7, 2012 at 2:15 pm

    Claudsy and Walt…wonderful, wonderful interview!

    • claudsy
      May 7, 2012 at 3:22 pm

      Thanks so much, Janet, for dropping by with a thumbs-up. I like those. I’m glad you enjoyed Walt’s interview.

  15. May 7, 2012 at 2:29 pm

    Thank you very much, Walt and Claudsy! It was particularly encouraging to find out that Walt once felt doubtful about his poetry and needed a little reassurance from Marie 🙂
    A very nice interview! Glad to get to know you a little more, Walt.
    Sasha

    • claudsy
      May 7, 2012 at 3:24 pm

      Sasha, you came! I’m so glad. You’re right. It’s always good to know that one of the best poets around once felt as we do on a daily basis; certainly isn’t always easy to come by. I’m glad you liked the interview.

    • Marie Elena
      May 7, 2012 at 7:26 pm

      Hard to imagine, isn’t it?

      • claudsy
        May 7, 2012 at 7:54 pm

        Glad you’ve had a good time here, Marie, seeing your writing partner hung out for all the world to see. It was time he got some exposure, don’t you think?

  16. May 7, 2012 at 3:28 pm

    Excellent interview, Claudsy! This Walt fan learned some new & fascinating Walt facts. 🙂 Who knew he writes plays?? (… well, obviously, you did, but…) 😐 Thoroughly enjoyed “Wood”, Walt, and now I’m wondering — where does one get a copy of your plays? Honestly! Thanks for Walt-zing with us! Happy to dance with you anytime! :-))

    • claudsy
      May 7, 2012 at 4:04 pm

      Pamela, thank you. I so enjoyed working with Walt. He’s such a sweetheart and so talented. I’d be happy if he put out a collection of his early plays for those of us who love reading good ones.

      Thanks for stopping by. Hope to see you soon again.

  17. May 7, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    Great interview with an amazing and much-loved poet! 🙂

    • claudsy
      May 7, 2012 at 4:35 pm

      Thanks so much, De. Glad you could take the time to drop by. He’s one of a kind, I agree.

  18. May 7, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    You BOTH rock! WHOO HOO and Hullaballo!

    • claudsy
      May 7, 2012 at 5:48 pm

      Thanks so much, Patricia. Glad you enjoyed it.

    • Marie Elena
      May 7, 2012 at 7:02 pm

      Hear, hear!!! 😀

  19. May 7, 2012 at 7:03 pm

    Got here late, of course, but what a tribute to our Walt! One of the reasons I continued to post on Poetic Asides was the support of both Marie Elena and Walt. These two have so much talent in their own right and yet they both continue to support other poets. I am honored to have known Walt and never miss one of his poems.:) Great interview Claud!!

    • claudsy
      May 7, 2012 at 7:53 pm

      Thanks, Barbara, so much. Glad you could stop by and enjoy the party here. It’s certainly been busy today. Our Walt and Marie are quite a writing duo. Dang it all, they don’t even wear capes.

  20. janetrcarnahan
    May 7, 2012 at 8:22 pm

    Loved hearing more about Walt and enjoyed your questions, Claudsy! He is an amazing poet with a gentle heart and a reflective sensitivity! In reference to poetry, I loved the lines, “It expresses and soothes. It massages heart and soothes souls.” I totally agree with both comments and that, “Poetry is life”. Beautifully expressed, Walt, but then you are just that way! And what a way to go! Also love your humor and the back and forth we have enjoyed in previous PAD times! Best of everything, Dear talented, Sir Walter! Nicely done to both of you! Also so enjoy the poetic play between you and Marie Elena . . . magic in the moment, constantly! Fabulous stuff! 🙂

    • claudsy
      May 7, 2012 at 8:58 pm

      Thank you, Janet. It wasn’t really me, though, you know that. I had great material and author to work with here. Give him credit for most of it. I asked those questions that I was the most curious about. He was brilliant with his answers.

  21. May 7, 2012 at 8:58 pm

    I piggy backed a “Claudsy,” comment above, Walt!! I just so enjoyed this entire visit! I hope your heart feels as full with love as mine does right now. So happy to have visited! Thank you, Clauds for this and Walt for indulging us and everyone for sharing their love! Warm-smiles!

    • claudsy
      May 7, 2012 at 9:02 pm

      You’re more than welcome, Hannah.

  22. May 7, 2012 at 9:54 pm

    Here I am… late to the party… WOW, what can I say… I love reading interviews because it shows the flow of trust between two people as they both navigate the course of one’s life. I would even say it is akin to watching skilled dancers perform placing complete trust in their partner for an experience full of grace and revelation.

    Claudsy and Walt: This interview was fantastic. You two are skilled dancers!

    Claudsy: You sure have a talent with these interviews… was journalism part of your background?

    Walt: What more can I say that has not already been covered already. “let your eyes dictate what your heart sees. Be observant and inspiration will find you.” has really struck a resonant chord within me. Your prolificness I marvel at. Your generous spirit I am grateful for. The fact that the Good poet (Marie) helped hook you into the April PAD in 2009 is amazing. I always thought Robert Lee Brewer built the street but you totally owned it.

    • claudsy
      May 7, 2012 at 10:02 pm

      You may have been late to the party, Meena, but you’ve definitely brought a great enthusiasm to what’s left of it. I’m glad you think I nailed this interview. I was trying for all I was worth. As I said earlier, I had great material to work with here.

      Walt deserves so much of the credit. These were his words that called forth such an outpouring of sentiment and kindnesses. I’m so glad that you’ve enjoyed this offering, and that you found it worthwhile.

  23. May 7, 2012 at 10:26 pm

    As the day draws to a close, I feel a sense of complete satisfaction. Such an outpouring!
    To all who have feted me with your wonderful kindness, know that each and every one of you has a piece of my heart. To know that my words have touched so many of you is very humbling. We are all in this together. Thank you Claudette for offering this opportunity and Thank you to my favorite poets. Every one of you are one of my favorites.

    • May 7, 2012 at 10:28 pm

      So blessed to be among your favorites, Walt! Truly…thank you!

    • claudsy
      May 7, 2012 at 11:21 pm

      You have been such a marvelous guest here today, Walt. I could never have asked for a better one.

      Do you realize that at this point in time 325 hits have taken place today. That’s fantastic! More than fantastic. I’ve never had that many hits on here. And it’s all due to your presence.

      Thank you, my friend, for being such an excellent guest. Please come back soon and talk to us again.

  24. May 8, 2012 at 3:22 am

    As I said in my comment, the honor is all mine! Sometimes your poetry is my muse. So happy to be one of your favorite poets!!! As the Kinks said: “We belong to a mutual admiration society”:)

    • claudsy
      May 8, 2012 at 11:23 am

      Thank you again, Barbara, for coming by, late or early. You’re more than welcome to rest here. I’m so glad that you enjoyed your stay.

  25. May 9, 2012 at 8:59 am

    A fabulous interview, and wonderful tribute to Walt !! I loved this post !!!!

    • claudsy
      May 9, 2012 at 9:14 am

      Thanks so much, cloud. So glad that you could pop in, and that you enjoyed the fare provided. I hope you come by often. I never know what might show up here, but I’m always glad to welcome in the visitor.

      • May 9, 2012 at 9:29 am

        I will certainly be coming by much more often as I just created a link to you on my blogroll !!

      • claudsy
        May 9, 2012 at 9:47 am

        Thank you so much. That’s the kind of news I like to hear.

  26. November 19, 2014 at 11:32 am

    I like the efforts you have put in this, appreciate it for all the great blog posts.

  27. claudsy
    May 7, 2012 at 9:35 am

    It was more than a pleasure to have you here and talking about yourself and your journey through the wilds of this industry we call writing. Walt, I’d have you on my stage taking bows anytime you’d like.

  28. claudsy
    May 7, 2012 at 9:42 am

    Definitely LIKE! Well worth the use of a click!

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