My Little Guardian Lemur
Peach puffed pseudo-kisses. “Squeeze me”
reads too obvious. Here on a shelf
amidst six gallons of kitsch and silicon
suction(?) cups. Chosen for fun and friendship
and finding: new beginnings curl in your tail.
Google-eyed ghost grabber. So silly
it all seems. Then. Now. Later. Whenever
weren’t we there? And here, it all holds
the same: old balance. Regained?
Or, blessedly, never lost?
The Road to Productivity Road
starts with a number, a goal, a purpose to pursue
diligently and daily. Desire to achieve, to do
better propels you forward, blooms into a tangible
asset. Soon another is born, then another.
You become automaton, instinctively churning
ideas, pushing them down the assembly line,
bringing them to life.
A.J. Huffman has published sixth solo chapbooks and one joint chapbook through various small presses. Her seventh solo chapbook will be published in October by Writing Knights Press. She is a Pushcart Prize nominee, and the winner of the 2012 Promise of Light Haiku Contest. Her poetry, fiction, and haiku have appeared in hundreds of national and international journals, including Labletter, The James Dickey Review, Bone Orchard, EgoPHobia, Kritya, and Offerta Speciale, in which her work appeared in both English and Italian translation. She is also the founding editor of Kind of a Hurricane Press. www.kindofahurricanepress.com
The author of titles such as It’s Kind of a Funny Story and, most recently, House of Secrets (co-author Chris Columbus), Ned Vizzini was more than happy to answer our question about what drives him to write.
Why do you write?
“I started writing for the reason George Orwell lists as #1: “sheer egoism.”
I’ve continued to write because I like making my own hours.
Also, besides Orwell, I’d like to quote James Hetfield from Metallica. He said something on Behind the Music to the effect of, “If I weren’t in this band, I’d be working at a gas station.” If I weren’t a writer, I would be a middling computer programmer. I don’t want to be that.”
Be sure to check out more of Ned Vizzini’s writing and to check back soon for more of the Authors Talk series!