I think any art form should be challenged: An online interview with Robert Gibbons
Robert Gibbons: Poet, New York
Dupur Mitra: Who are your major influences as a poet?
Robert Gibbons: My major influences would be my family, background, geography, and all the muses that speak to me. There are many, but the principal muse would be Langston Hughes.
Dupur Mitra: What does being a poet mean to you?
Robert Gibbons: I believe being a poet can not be studied, although form can be studied; development can’t. One must go through the necessary stages of becoming a poet. It is almost like the stages of writing; when one makes up their mind it is poetry that we seek, not the fame nor the money; not the recognition; but the poetry is to develop voice.
Dupur Mitra: What is poetry?
Robert Gibbons: There are so many definitions and so many interpretation but if I would say a written form of expressing oneself. Using your interpretation; the way I see the world. The combination of form and discipline; the appreciation of the written expression which includes the recognition of words being a major motivator in ones life.
Dupur Mitra: What are your observations about trending of world poetry?
Robert Gibbons: My observations are that there are so many talented poets in the world-young and old. This means the art form will never die. Poets are using ever source to relay your written expression in a global world. People are being heard that would never have voice on the world stage and this is poetry. Finding anyway to share your story to the international community.
Dupur Mitra: Is poetry movement can improve the poetry? if yes how, if not why?
Robert Gibbons: I think any art form should be challenged. I think what poetry must do is speak to the younger generation. If it is too stuffy and too conservative and tries to exclude people of color or women or sexual orientation, then poetry has not accomplished the ground breaking work it should.
Dupur Mitra: What is your opinion about today’s world poetry movement?
Robert Gibbons: I think the contemporary poetry is a strong as ever. I think it is where our motivations are. If we want to be rich and famous then that where your energy should be focused. If you want want to master the craft then this is where it should be focused. There are many writers that may never be heard on an international stage but this does not diminish who they are. I think there is lots of opportunity for the new and the creative on the world’s stage.
Dupur Mitra: When did you start writing?
Robert Gibbons: I started writing poetry in the 7th grade. I entered a poetry contest and did not win, but I continue to journal every since.