One needs to read major poets to learn what is good: An online interview with Zachary Guadamour

Zachary Guadamour: Poet, Mexico

Dupur Mitra: Do you think poetry play role in your society? If yes how and if not why?
Zachary Guadamour: Poetry plays a very minor role in society because few people read poetry, and many of those few have little background in literature and have no way of determining whether a poem is written well.

Dupur Mitra: Who are your major influences as a poet?
Zachary Guadamour: I write imagistically and modern poets such as James Wright, Phillip Levine, Peter Wild, Weldon Kees and many others have been my primary influence.

Dupur Mitra: What does being a poet mean to you?
Zachary Guadamour: One needs to read major poets to learn what is good and how to write If one reads bad or mediocre poets, they will generally write the same.

Dupur Mitra: What is your opinion about today’s world poetry movement?
Zachary Guadamour: A lot more people are writing what they claim is poetry worldwide; however, they don’t use the heightened language of poetry, and generally format prose as poetry.

Dupur Mitra: Is poetry movement can improve the poetry? if yes how, if not why?
Zachary Guadamour: What will improve poetry is when people start to read good poetry, and good poetry is generally not a performance piece.

Dupur Mitra: Describe the writing process in your poems.
Zachary Guadamour: My handwriting is so illegible, I write on the computer. Most all of my poems come from an image or images which I get through observation, reading, et cetera.

Dupur Mitra: Do you get inspiration from your readers?
Zachary Guadamour: Sometimes a comment from a reader will inspire an image which will generate a poem.




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