Sunday, February 16, 2014

INTERVIEW: ANGELO M. GENORGA


name?
Angelo M. Genorga

age ?
36 next month.

location?
Al Barsha, Dubai. Originally from Cavite, Philippines.

how long have you been writing?
started in high school. wrote lovepoems to impress girls.

do you have a specific writing style?
metaphor free? - well shit, almost.

do you write as a career?
no. poetry made a starving writer out of me.

do you write full time?
i can't but i do welcome the challenge.

what do you consider to be your greatest accomplishment as a writer?
this interview w/ piggpenn is climbing the fucking charts.

what is your ultimate goal as a writer?
writing a bunch of poems for almost 25 yrs & not getting published is crazy. i'm looking forward to self - publish my first baby this year.

what is your greatest challenge as a writer?
now, i'm trying to recall some of the poems i had in mind 20 years ago because i never got to put the words in paper. i was taking a lot of drugs then and had the words and verses
meander in my head until i completely forgot about it.

what projects of yours have been recently published?
a couple of poems here & there. so far, that silver birch press bukowski anthology is my highest profile gig.

what are you currently working on and what inspired this work?
i just finished a script for a documentary about the rap metal scene in the Philippines in the mid 90's and aside from pinning down poetry, i have this 4 panel comic strip i wrote called dem bed bugs. it's all about the hassle of sleeping/living in a bug infested room w/c we got. put a lil' twist on it. one can be really creative living in such a dump and just complaining all the time.

where can we find your work?
enjoy my empty handshake anytime at wordpress.com

how often do you write?
i write at work when genius strikes. can't focus at home. goddamn internet is always a distraction.

how do you react to rejections?
i write about it sometimes. let me put it this way :

cut and dried

"...if no one discovers you
      then time will "
- excerpt from " Unsung "

yeah, i should repeat
on saying this to myself
like a mantra and forget
it’s my poetry as i read
these three emails i’d just
received today —

the first one saying that
they had already selected
the writings to be featured for
their next issue;

the other two almost saying
the same thing like they
enjoyed reading the poems
except the other never mentioned
i can try again.

i tell you this,

convincing yourself goes
on a different ball game
when you start getting an
inkling that such kind words
really mean otherwise.

i’ve heard kindness kills many times
and three more of these rejections
are enough to destroy a man —

” let the whole world catch up,
   if no one discovers you
   then time will. “

but the other guy inside my head
kept saying,
                          i should just quit
and feed the fire of anonymity.

how do you react when one of your submissions is accepted for publication?
post it on facebook hahaha..tell the wife...&  read the fucker over and over on the blog that published it.

what is your best piece of advice on how to stay sane as a writer?
be desperate.

what is your favorite book?
i always go back reading Ladies And Gentlemen, Lenny Bruce !! by Albert Goldman.

who is your favorite author?
Lourd De Veyra, a Filipino poet is actually pretty good.

if you could have dinner with one fictional character, who would it be and why?
probably Raoul Duke but i'm not sure if eating would be preferred. or maybe Professor X so i can ask him to check my head after dinner and fish out those poems i had never written down some 20 yrs ago.

what is the greatest occupational hazard for a writer?
running out of creative juices.

what is your favorite word?
i used to like the word envy. dreamt about it too but now it's lowbrow.

what makes you laugh?
i'm in a Kevin Hart - phase right now. don't ask me why.

what makes you cry?
delayed salary

what is your preferred drink while you write?
i don't write when i'm drinking but i used to do drugs way back and write a bunch of poems on my notepad or whatever sheets of paper i had in my pocket that time.

beach or mountains?
i can't swim so mountains.

cats or dogs?
dogs said the wife.

The Beatles or The Rolling Stones?
how about The Black Crowes?

Jimi Hendrix or Frank Sinatra?
Hendrix. hands down.

Shakespeare or Bukowski?
Charles Bukowski made poetry simple. he shoved metaphor out of his way and never look back. something Shakespeare can never understand.

please provide as much  or as little of the following information as you'd like :

personal website/blog

facebook profile or page

twitter profile
none

other pages/profiles
none

books for sale and/or for press
In Nov 2014 The Book Of Envy

anything you'd like to say about your country, it's people or native animals?

Philippines is a mixed bag but one thing you can say about Filipinos is that we have a great fighting spirit. go check what typhoon Yolanda ( Haiyan ) had done and how the people rise up to the adversity. A lot of people is puzzled because we can still laugh and even joke about the gravest condition we may have. Even the animals laugh and make jokes but don't believe me when i say it.









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