As WEbook's first ever poetry vote continues to accept submissions, we're shining the light on Brian_Kupillas, WEbook poet extraordinaire. According to Brian's profile, he's "in love with the world," and it shows. His WEbook project, My Body, the Waterfall, is a collection of poetry that celebrates the beauty in everyday moments and explores the mysteries of life and death.
Pretty deep, right? To find out more about the mind that brings us these poems, WEbook asked Brian a few equally deep questions.
A: I am a young, white male, born into the middle class. I went to good
schools, and never struggled for much. The world has always been at my
feet. Nothing out of the ordinary, I am pretty much your average
person. I have problems with small things, and I write when I can. I
started out emulating my favorite writers and musicians, and just wrote
lyrics, but over time have become more and more free verse and poetic
and have come into a style I'd like to think is somewhat my own. Like I
said, I have nothing special in my back story, but it's the life I'm in
right now I think is interesting -- the one that makes up all these ideas.
Q: What was the title of the first poem you wrote?
couldn't tell you. I've been writing for a long time. And I'm
constantly writing more and more. Whatever it was, it was probably in 4th grade
and not very good.
Q: What is your favorite word?
Q: What kind of poems do you like to write best?
Because there's so much beauty in some of the simplest things. And when
you say something profound it only adds onto the weight of those words
when the phrase is short.
Q: Who is your least favorite famous or canonical poet?
don't know. I can find a fault with most poets. But I can also find a
strength. And there's something dangerous about stating who your least
favorite poet is on a writing website, especially when literature seems
to create people that will argue over anything to do with anyone who
claims to be an author or poet. So to avoid a battle, I'd rather not.
Q: What's a better subject for poetry: love, or heartbreak?
It's infinitely better. Both enter into the realm of cliche very often,
but it's a lot harder to believe in something as grand as love then it
is to simply be sad or angry at such a hard thing to grasp. If you can
write well in the way of love, you must be quite the writer.
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