Interview with TA Harrison

Why Poetry? 

I can’t help it, it’s what comes out. My inspirations come randomly and in little flashes; if I’m mindful enough I’m able to preserve them for a few minutes….then they disappear. Is within the magic of those few minutes that I’m able to write.

Who/what are you currently reading? 

I’m reading Journey to the End of the Night by Louis-Ferdinand Celine right now. I’m also picking through a collection of Sylvia Plath’s work.  

What poets/artists have had the most influence on your work? 

Bukowski, Plath, Brautigan…even Dali and Toulouse-Lautrec. I’m just trying to write something as simple and pure as Brautigan’s The Beautiful Poem

What is the inspiration behind these poems? 

Fear, paranoia, angst….a general unease with how we live our lives and teach our children. 95% of our existence is spent perpetuating a mythology that is leading to an inevitable destruction. 

Are these meant to be part of a larger collection? 

I don’t write in theme or with any specific aim. They may end up in a chapbook though. 

How long do you spend on a single poem? 

It varies, a few minutes to a few days. It depends on the state on mind I’m in when I start the piece. If I’m too drunk or high then I’ll need to set the rough draft aside until I sober up and can edit appropriately. 

In what area do you feel your poetry has developed most? 

I’m getting closer to pure honesty I think. Finding one’s authentic voice is probably the hardest piece of development any artist goes through. Each time I write I feel myself peeling back the layers of civilized conditioning clouding my truth.