Woodrat Podcast 18: Clayton Michaels

Clayton Michaels

At qarrtsiluni, Beth and I are really excited by this year’s winner of our poetry chapbook contest: Watermark by Clayton T. Michaels, which we just launched on Monday in dual print and online versions. As part of the latter, we put together a audiobook podcast of the author reading his poems, for which he also composed and performed an original guitar theme, but I thought it would be fun in addition to record a conversation with Clayton and find out where all this great poetry is coming from. So I called him up last Saturday, and peppered him with questions about writing poetry and music, teaching, heavy metal, comic books, and more.

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Theme music: “Le grand sequoia,” by Innvivo (Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike licence)

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  1. You two kept me company during my painting session this afternoon – great interview, and I love that I know not one but TWO poet-metal-heads now!

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    1. It might be more common than we think — I just remembered an old poet-friend of mind, Gabriel Welsch (we’ve published him in qarrtsiluni) who used to listen to Slayer and such. I’m not sure he’d own up to that now or not.

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      1. And I’ve probably been a Neil Young fan longer than Clayton’s been alive.

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      2. I would own up to that. Head banging, fist of horns, the whole bit.

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        1. Ah, there you are! Dude, it’s been too long. I need to get you on the podcast, too — maybe after your new chapbook comes out? (Should be any day, if I’m not mistaken.)

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  2. Now I really have to read Clayton, to learn how a song lyricist springs into surrealism, how Dorothy Fields becomes Mark Strand. BTW the mandolin player for TUSB kicks serious ass. I was last in South Bend (it sounds like dancing) to interview witnesses at a green-sand casting client, a sand-pit on a long single-lane road to nowhere. But I’d return in a second for TUSB.

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