John W. Snyder is one of the featured artists in Raining Words: A Spring Poetry Extravaganza on Saturday, April 12 @ The Pomegranate Gallery, the first in a series of events produced by 3Po3try NYC.
Interview by Thomas Fucaloro
What one word describes your writing style?Bloody.
What's your idea of the the perfect poem? My idea of the perfect poem is something that can work while on paper or being spoken. It should be felt more than understood. And it should have replay value.
What's your best writing moment? I don't know if I could say it's my best writing moment...but the writing moment I'm most proud of are all of them that I've had in the past few years. Poetry is the greatest triage.
What's your worst writing moment?I once tried to write a poem on the spot in exchange for a blowjob. It was a terrible poem.
If you could steal one line from any poem, what would it be? "I can't believe I let you touch my balls" -Thomas Fucaloro
What time of the day do you mostly write? I'm a night owl. All my good stuff gets birthed when the sun dips.
What do you do to get into your writing sessions? Chopin used to really do it for me. Now there isn't much of a routine. If I can find myself chillin' with some writing implements magic will happen if it's meant to.
What's the weirdest place you ever wrote? A campsite in Virginia. Or at least I think it was Virginia. It's not weird to write at campsites or in Virginia - the place just had the funkiest energy. And not the good kind of funky
What's the weirdest thing you ever wrote Skin.
What book changed your writing forever? It wasn't a book that changed my writing forever but a podcast. Specifically, the indiefeed performance poetry podcast. It literally changed my life and shattered my idea of what could be done with words.
What poet, dead or alive, would you like to be friends with The list of living poets is far too long but the deceased poet I'd most want to be friends with has probably gotta be Ginsberg. I mean that guy knew how to have fun.
Do you have any writing superstitions? I believe if a black cat crosses your path while you're writing...
And how do you deal with this? You should probably get your cat off the table.
Bio: John W. Snyder. Hairy. Staten Island. Poet.
Find John's work in the great weather for MEDIA anthology The Understanding between Foxes and Light