OUR POETRY ARCHIVE
FEATURED POET OF THE MONTH
POET MICHAEL MARROTTI
OUR POETRY ARCHIVE
Is Pleased To Introduce
In His Own Words:
OPA How long have you been writing Poetry?
MICHAEL About two years now.
OPA Who is your favorite Poet?
MICHAEL Charles Bukowski.
OPA What are some of your favorite genres to read and to write?
MICHAEL Recently, I've become keen on fiction. It's also my favorite writing genre. The possibilities are endless with the right muse, whereas, when it comes to poetry they seem to be more narrow. Especially for me, since my poems are autobiographical.
OPA If you are published please share with us your book.
MICHAEL I have a few manuscripts out there, but no confirmation yet.
OPA What has been the toughest criticism given to you as a writer? What was the biggest compliment? Did those change how or what you write?
MICHAEL Criticism is hard to consider when you incorporate the subjectivity factor. I've been awarded two digital thumbs up so far, and I'm still writing how I always have: from the heart.
OPA When you sit down to write, do you do it the old-fashioned way with pen and paper or do you use a computer? Do you prefer one way or the other?
MICHAEL I'm a 21st century digital author. Going without my spellchecker would be like going without my meds: detrimental!!
OPA What is your favorite poem you have ever written?
MICHAEL My Mother, The Metaphor
OPA What do you do when you are not writing?
MICHAEL I'm a family man first, so needless to say, the majority of my time is spent raising my lovely family. I do however make it over to the Light Of Life homeless shelter to volunteer twice a week like clockwork.
OPA Compared to when you first started writing, have you notice any big changes in your writing style or how you write compared from then to now?
MICHAEL Absolutely. It went from mediocre to extraordinary in my humble opinion.
OPA What do you look for in a book when you sit down to read for fun?
MICHAEL Anything that's going to take me out of planet Pittsburgh. But usually it's something tragic. I'm a big fan of Hemingway.
OPA What has been your favorite part of being a poet or and author? What has been your least favorite?
MICHAEL The chance to offer catharsis through words, and maybe immortality. I don't have a least part.
OPA When you walk into a bookstore, where do you head to first? Why?
MICHAEL I go straight to the Hemingway section. I'm on a mission to obtain the man's entire catalogue.
OPA Did you get to quit your day job and become a writer and or author or do you still have a day job and writing is something you do for fun? If you still have a day job, what is it?
MICHAEL I've emancipated myself from the system of servitude to pursue writing full-time. I don't make much money from it, but I'm not writing for the material incentive.
OPA What has been the strangest thing that a reader has asked you?
MICHAEL What kind of shampoo I use. I replied, Garnier Fructis triple nutrition. As long as it's on sale.
OPA Besides writing and reading, what is your most favorite thing to do?
MICHAEL Family and philanthropy.
OPA Did you have any teacher in school that encouraged you to write? Did you take their advice?
OPA We all have our little things when it comes to reading, is there anything that bugs you when you read a novel? What is it?
MICHAEL Yeah, bad writing.
OPA What do you listen to when you write? Do you find one type of music over another that inspires you to write? Why?
MICHAEL Music for me is terrible for the creative process. I never listen to music when I'm writing.
OPA On a typical weekend, what can we find you doing? Who are you with?
MICHAEL Playing with my wonderful children.
OPA What genre are you most looking forward to exploring during your writing career? Why?
MICHAEL Poetry. I'm under the assumption that what's beneficial to me can be beneficial for others. I'm out to help other people. Poetry is philanthropy.
OPA What are you currently reading?
MICHAEL "Dead Boys" by Richard Lange.
OPA Who are your favorite authors?
MICHAEL Ernest Hemingway, Albert Camus, Stephen King, Chuck Palahniuk, Friedrich Nietzsche.
OPA What 7 words would you use to describe yourself?
MICHAEL Idealistic, manic, altruistic, paradoxical, kind, dedicated and clever.
MICHAEL MARROTTI is an author from Pittsburgh, using words instead of violence to mitigate the suffering of life in a callous world of redundancy. His primary goal is to help other people. He considers poetry to be a form of philanthropy. When he's not writing, he's volunteering at the Light Of Life homeless shelter on a weekly basis. If you appreciate the man's work, please check out his BLOG for his latest poetry and short stories.
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