Nostrovia! Poetry: This is a call for Submissions

by HST UK on March 7, 2013

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In anticipation of Nostrovia! Poetry’s Too Obscene edition we caught up with the driving force behind Nostrovia! Jeremiah Walton to learn more about the edition, and to discover what it is like for a young writer trying to make his way in the Lit world.

“Nostrovia! Poetry is offering a home for good poems and powerful prose that was inappropriate for other markets. Too Obscene will be published in print, and made available online through Nostrovia! Poetry and a variety of distributors.”

Nostrovia! will be accepting submissions until March 17th.

Poetry:

If you are submitting poetry, send up to five poems.

Flash Fiction:

Please send one piece at a time.

Art:

Send original drawings, paintings, sketches, or any form of artistic medians to Nostrovia! Poetry.

Email all submissions to jeremiahwalton [at] nostroviatowriting [dot] com
in the subject line of email put “Too Obscene submission”

HST: Hello Jeremiah, you mentioned to me in your initial correspondence that you are trying to promote poetry, with one eye on the youth. Tell me more about how you view your generation’s attitude to poetry, and how you are going about trying to challenge this?

JW: I’ve been organizing a poetry club at my school. In order to get a club approved by administration, I needed 30 signatures of students with interest. When I went around asking students to sign, most responded with something along the lines, “I’ll sign, but I won’t come. Poetry is stupid”, or “I don’t understand poetry”, or, the most annoying, “Poetry is gay.”

Everyone is entitled to their opinion, but so many people, especially the youth, harbor a pre-read bias against poetry.

HST: Tell us more about ‘Too Obscene’. Are you looking for writing that boldly pushes boundaries, or transgressive writing that turns heads and stomachs?

JW: I prefer writing that pushes the boundaries, but if a piece of writing can push boundaries and turn stomachs, that’s perfect for Too Obscene.

Too Obscene was inspired by the trial centering around Allen Ginsberg’s poem “Howl”. It will be the first print publication available for sale online through Nostrovia! Poetry.

HST: There is a rich history of poets battling for freedom of speech and defending thought provoking, raw pieces of work; a good example being the ‘Howl’ obscenity trial in 1957. Do you think censorship and conservatism is still rife in the literary community?

JW: Howl, Naked Lunch, Catcher In The Rye, all caused a spur in their day, but that was before public mass communication and the internet. We all have the power to say as we please now, for better or worse.

Censorship still occurs in modern times, and against both liberals and conservatives. It’s a matter of who’s in power (over the particular media in question), and what they want to allow being shown. This applies to literature (i.e: who’s publishing the piece, what’s the piece about, etc).

HST: What writer first brought poetry to life for you? What poem was the bright light that led you into writing your own verse?

JW: I picked up Ginsberg’s Kaddish & Other Poems on a whim at a thrift store. Before that, I didn’t read the poetry of other writers. I wrote poetry, but most of my inspiration came from bands and song lyrics. Kaddish is that personally-holy poem that spread me forward.

HST: Talk about your own writing process, but specifically how you self-edit, how do you go about abandoning a poem, screw the paper up in a ball and chuck it in the bin. How good are you at understanding when something doesn’t work?

JW: I have a thumb drive that contains the majority of my poetry on it. I use this to keep track of my submissions to journals, my writing projects, chapbooks, cover files, and all that fun stuff.

When it comes to actually writing the poem, I usually begin with pen and paper. Following this, I type it up on the computer. The first time typing it on the computer is my initial editing phase. As I type it up, I throw away parts, add parts, and just do general re-writes.

After that, I’ll let the poem sit. Sometimes I don’t, and obsessively work on it, but usually I let it collect some dust. After that, I print it off, and edit it by hand (usually I do so in class), and then re-type it once more.

I sometimes will do this several times. Reading aloud while I type is helpful. Performing the poem at an open mic also makes me more conscious of what’s in the poem, and has helped a lot of my poems along as I’ve written them.

HST: Every writer has a dream, where do you hope your writing will take you?

JW: I hope to be able to live comfortably (that can be budged to sub-par if I’m financially stable) off of writing alone. Though, I’d trade that to have my writing take others towards poetry.

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