Meet Your May 2013 Breadline Feature: James Nolan

1. Describe how poetry is poetry to you.

Emancipatory and absurd

2. Describe how you are to you.

Skeptical at best

3. When someone says “The Merry Merry Month of May,” what exactly do you think about?

Santa Clause/Willie Wonka on binger

4. Describe your childhood relationship with breakfast cereals.

Said relationship forced me to seal my Juvenile Criminal Record

5. Largest influences who may or may not be writers?

David Bowie

6. Your neighborhood in Seattle.

Gentrification Ground Zero 2k13

7. Your location of childhood.

Woods

8. Your favorite space on Earth.

Woods

9. Compose a line of poetry for this questionnaire.

Inquire Within.

10. Tell the world what it can expect to you at Breadline on May 15th.

Lust

james nolan poet

Check out the latest chapbook by James Nolan here. Learn more about his art collective here. And be sure to read his Declaration of Intent (Co-Authored with Nick(le)-Need Steederson):

– to inspire and empower the voice which drives the creative act
– to share experiences and quasi-experiences such as dreams, nightmares, visions, hallucinations, aspirations and delusions, and learn to develop them off and on the page as well as in collaboration with each-other and with a diversity of media
– to compel fellow artists to engage to integrate this activism from the beauty, tragedy and absurdity of the world into art
– to make art from nothing, to make nothing of art
– to swim upstream against mechanized currents and lethargic complacency, haunted by both the senses and the undefinable derangement of an emotive consciousness
– to help foster a sensitivity to language by surrendering to its limitations while permeating its boundaries
– to reflect, from street to cosmology, from scholarly to the vulgar
– to expose a panoply of existential points of departure/arrival such as identities, socioeconomic statutes, sexualities, genders, classes in such a manner that these finite points of departure and arrival no longer hold empirical meaning
– to reignite an appreciation, to the most zealous degree, for Black Sabbath
– to strive to keep it fucking real

Meet Your May 2013 Breadline Feature: Ra’anan David

1. Describe how poetry is poetry to you.

Poetry is a wonderful tool to deal with life, its joys as well as challenges. People should always aim to convey their idea/story in this somewhat-sophisticated pseudo-artistic manner.

2. Describe how you are to you.

I have finally made peace with myself few years ago. Surprisingly enough it was also the time that I started writing again after so many years of absence.

3. When someone says “The Merry Merry Month of May,” what exactly do you think about?

“It’s may be only May, but summer may be just around the corner.

4. Describe your childhood relationship with breakfast cereals.

When I grew up in Israel nobody knew what “cereals” means, let alone cared for this specific type of cattle feed. Needless to say, I’m forever grateful.

5. Largest influences who may or may not be writers?

Frank Zappa was one eclectic, non-compromising artist that often got in trouble because of it. I agree that some of his stuff can be classified as “problematic”, but the vast majority of it is really great. I also like the way he used to interact with the audience and being able to improvise on the spot.

6. Your neighborhood in Seattle.

Columbia City, for the past 24 years.

7. Your location of childhood.

A kibbutz in northern Israel.

8. Your favorite space on Earth.

Tel-Aviv beach

9. Compose a line of poetry for this questionnaire.

Not the government/ human nature/ curiosity/ the “others”/ this questionnaire/ if you don’t. Believe! Me!!!

10. Tell the world what it can expect to you at Breadline on May 15th.

I plan on reading slightly more “mature” pieces than I usually do, and will also make a serious attempt to behave. If all goes as planned then I will incorporate videos, light, and additional sound in most of them. Luckily there are three other featured readers so I’m sure you will at least enjoy their work.

Raanan David Seattle

Ra’anan David became a serial late bloomer since his early days growing up in a small place in Israel. He was the first boy in his class to be allowed to use a pen due to his very few spelling errors, but the last one to learn how to ride a bike. It is also widely believed that he was the second to last in the entire class to have sex. He used to make rhymes from an early age and always enjoyed writing, but never found the passion and discipline to do so on a regular basis. After studying film in his home country he moved to the US and worked in the food/grocery business until he finally caught up with technology and is now working as a videographer. Less than five years ago, only three days shy of his 50th birthday, Ra’anan attended a “Cheap Wine and Poetry” event during Bumbershoot. He never quit putting his shit on paper ever since, and is extremely eager to share some of it with you tonight.