This week’s Featured Poet interviewed!
For the past week, ONS has been featuring the work of Chris Lindores, Edinburgh’s answer to Charles Bukowski, and the newest member of the Read This editorial team. Chris poetry is gritty, urban and darkly comic, with a definite Beat-esque flavour. You can see his previous features here and here, and check out more of his work at his deviantART site. Here, Chris talks about what and why he writes, what inspires him and what he wants to do next…
Tell us about your poems.
My poems are mostly based on stuff I see just going when I’m just going about my business, things that happen to me, a nice phrase or idea I hear; anything really. I usually note down the event/phrase/scene in a notebook so I don’t forget it and let the idea stew in my brain for a bit before I actually write the poem. My poems of late have been mostly about stuff that happens to me, hence the omnipresent theme of everyday stuff, and alcohol.
How long have you been writing?
I began writing 3-4 years ago, when I was doing Advanced Higher English in my last year of high school. We were encouraged to write some poems for it, and along with having to read Edwin Morgan, (the first poet I had ever properly read and cared about) that was me.
Do you have any publications to your name? What’s the next stage for your work?
Read This Magazine has been kind enough to publish me a few times, as have Student, the University of Edinburgh student paper, and The Journal, a student paper that covers all universities in Edinburgh. I’m waiting to hear back from The Delinquent about a few poems I submitted, and have a huge list of places I keep meaning to send poems to, but never get around to it… Brittle Star, Spark Bright, The Beat, Pomegranate, New Leaf, Open Wide, and Dash (with thanks to this blog for the recommendations, as I’d be completely lost otherwise). Also hoping to read at the Golden Hour at some point, along with possibly helping to arrange readings for Read This and Tontine.
What do you think is your biggest poetic achievement to date?
Getting published for the first time was my ‘proudest’ poetry moment. Doing my first reading was also a big thing, and really spurred me on to wanting to do many, many more…
What’s the best thing about writing poetry? And the worst?
Best thing: It’s all good. Getting an idea that you know will turn into a poem, letting that idea stew and develop for a while, the act of actually writing, and then having a finished poem.
Worst thing: Probably editing. If good ideas end up in a terrible poem, I always go back to try and salvage them and turn them into something worthwhile, and, while it’s worth it in the end, editing on that scale is a very boring and arduous task.
Got any suggestions for young, upcoming poets?
Keep writing, all the time, about everything. Don’t be afraid to write a shit poem now and again; it gets it our of your system and you can always (and should!) try and rescue the good bits of it.
Who/what influences your poetry?
I’ve only really got into Edwin Morgan, Charles Bukowski, and William Carlos Williams with bits and pieces of other poets; I’m in the process of reading more, but I’ll get there in time. Other influences come from music, random conversation, novels… everything influences how I write; how could it not?
(Chris has a great new poem forthcoming in the next issue of Read This, so keep an eye out for that… and for more of his work popping up in the future! In the meantime, check out this final poetic offering!)
A Problem, by Chris Lindores
for a second,
which should have been no bother,
but I had forgotten
and now I’m trying
to rid myself of it,
Want to be an ONS Featured Poet? Get a selection of your work featured on the blog over the course of the week, and we’ll interview at the end of it all to get an idea of what you’re all about and where you want to go with your work. If you’re interested, check this out, or drop me a line for more details!