As an extension of The Black Lion Journal’s mission, The Wire’s Dream is a semi-annual magazine that values community, life perspectives, and different worldviews. Contributors were asked to complete a set of mini interview questions with the purpose of sharing with the readers and their fellow submitters a bit about who they are and about their creativity. All questions were the same for each contributor; and each answer given is unique, open, friendly, and candid.
Let’s start by talking about creativity — what does creativity mean to you?
Reality reflected back on itself by means of cracked and warped mirrors.
How and when did you get started doing what you love to do? Who or what is your creative muse?
I started seriously writing poetry after I watched “Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me” on VHS in 1993. David Lynch gets all the credit and all the blame for my creative productivity.
What is your most memorable creative experience, if any?
I was in my car writing a poem while waiting to pick up my daughter from kindergarten. I was stuck, trying to find a fitting resolution to the poem, when four girls from the nearby high school came along beside me in a car and were screaming and laughing out the windows. I wrote them, their exuberant spirit, their boldness, right into the poem and it worked out very well as a closure to the piece.
People approach creativity in such different ways! What about you? What is your creative routine? Do you know of any quirky habits or creative superstitions?
I usually compile a list of impulses: thoughts, phrases, words, idioms and sometimes just moods or feelings. Then I look over the list and something coherent begins to make itself known. It’s my job to help bring that potential into reality. If I serve as a midwife or doula to poetry, that’s a high honor indeed.
Time, Tips, & Future Goals
How do you make time to do what you love to do?
I sacrifice sleep in order to write and submit.
What tips can you give novice creatives about getting started on their creative journey and about submitting their work for publication?
Read every day, write every day and be consistent in your submitting. My first forty submissions were rejected until “Poetry Motel” took one of my poems. By the end of that first year, I had more than three hundred acceptances.
What do you hope to achieve with your creativity? Where would you like to see yourself in about 5 years, professionally and creatively?
I’d like to just continue to be as productive as I currently am. I’ve never thought much about compiling a book, I’ve simply wanted to try and get my work out there through the publications which have generously shown interest in devoting space to my poetry. For me, every acceptance is of equal value. It means the writing struck a chord with another human being. That in itself is a magnificent event.
— TWD Magazine 3rd Collection—
Richard King Perkins II is a state-sponsored advocate for residents in long-term care facilities. He lives in Crystal Lake, IL, USA with his wife, Vickie and daughter, Sage. He is a three-time Pushcart, Best of the Net and Best of the Web nominee whose work has appeared in more than a thousand publications.
Read Richard’s Poetry In TWD Magazine 3rd Collection
‘Love You Strangely’ — p. 85
‘Biotic’ — p. 87