Roggenbuck rocking the world with words
"Some in the establishment say he's not a poet." When I read that in a NY Times review of Steve Roggenbuck, I had to find out why. Quite simply, he's young, edgy, full of passion, and seems to be working by his own set of standards, which I applaud. At first glance one might think his work is sloppy and needs better form. I saw talent with passion. I heard a brave new voice. I witnessed the ability to arrange and twist words in way that touches and moves.
At times raw and edgy, but always the romantic, Steve Roggenbuck deserves to be heard.
Somewhere in the bottom of the Rain by Steve Roggenbuck
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1. awk: What led you to Somewhere at the bottom of the Rain?
rogg: the inspiration for that poem was being in love with someone, of course. it was someone i met through the internet, and so some of the lines are taken from our facebook chats. other lines were written more conventionally by me, and they were inspired mainly by e.e. cummings and paul eluard's love poetry. most of the poem was actually written before we met in person!
2. awk: You got a mission?
rogg: I want to move people. usually that means making people laugh, and making them feel grateful and empowered to be in the world. with the love poems i guess im trying to move people to enjoy and prioritize love. i think romantic love is one of the most beautiful things that human beings can ever experience. i think its valuable to have culture (like poetry) that affirms that, and which makes it cool to spend time and effort on love. i want to increase the amount of romanticism in the world, i want to see people blowing off meetings or job opportunities to stay with the person they love, etc. within reason !! haha. the world needs more of that kind of passion i think.
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