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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Meet The Poet Wednesday-On Waystationone

Tell us about yourself.

I am the father of two amazing boys that keep me young at heart. I  have been married for over 15 years to my college sweat heart. Currently, I work as a counselor for at risk youth, but have worked in education, ministry and the business world.

I was one of the founders of One Stop Poetry, an award winning poetry community that we recently disbanded and after which teamed up with Claudia Schoenfeld to build a great team of poets to start dVerse Poets Pub. (for link: http://dversepoets.com)

Tell me about your blog, the name, what does it mean to you?

My personal blog is http://www.waystationone.com Funny, waystationone was the name of a cafe/coffeehouse I once wanted to open. A waystation is a place to stop along the journey, and one, i guess i wanted to be the first stop. smiles. we are all on this journey through life and need to take time to appreciate it...so that is where it came from.

When have you started blogging?

I started blogging in October of 2007 at the request of a friend. I really did not want to start a blog but he really encouraged me (twisted my arm) and so I started. The first six months I was figuring it out, barely had any readers, but if you look at what i was posting that makes sense.

Your first poem? Remember?

Yes, I do. After the first six months I started experimenting with story telling and mostly wrote prose for a year until a commenter (Kat Mortgenson AKA Poetikat) challenged me to write poetry. She thought my style of prose translated well and so i wrote my first poem.

5 hours by waystationone

I sit in the aisle,
between the rows of beautiful thoughts
in a crowded bookstore

Tight weave green carpet
pushes roots into
the soft flesh of my posterior,
pulling me further into itself.
Metal shelves,
cooled by the conditioned air,
massage my neck and back
with rigid fingers.

My head rests against
other people's wisdom,
hoping osmosis
will bring relief.

I want not to care.

Events of the day
play back like a bass drum
between my temples,
tension rising like hot steam,
twinkling under
yellow florescence.

Anger wrapped in exasperation
needles its twisting way
out constricted pores
in silent epiphanies.

One of those days.

There are questions
I can not answer.
There are things
I can not change.
There is help
I can not give.
There is pain
I can not bear.

Until I realise,
I don't have to.

I find joy in breathing,
for a moment,
before rising,
striding out the door
to face the day again
because I do.

What are your writing inspirations?

Life mainly. Most of my poems come from something I have experienced. There is so much poetry just waiting to be found. Everything has a story. There is a poem in everything.
As far as style, I have never really had any training when it comes to poetry. I knid make it up as I go along. I was writing poetry for about 9 months before I started reading poets, outside of the blog world. About a year ago, I started getting into slam poetry and really studying how people construct poems artistically and how words sound when spoken. That made a huge difference in the way I write.

When did you start writing poetry? Do you write fiction as well?

I do write prose, as that is where I started. And I do write fiction. It allows me to explore another creative side. I grew up writing stories. My favorite genre is actually soft horror, kinda Stephen King material, based in reality but with a mysterious twist. Things that sit just at the edge of reality. Usually I will write these for 

Magpie Tales (http://www.magpietales.blogspot.com

or The Tenth Daughter of Memory (http://www.thetenthdaughterofmemory.blogspot.com

I would say my strength is in the descriptions and details that I include. My goal is to put the reader in the scene.

Do you have a favorite author or poet?

I have many. Stephen King. Shaun Tan. Nami Mun. Jodi Picoult. For fiction.
For poetry: Langston Hughes. Saul Williams. Taylor Mali. Bukowski.

Favorite quote?

It doesn't matter whether you're selling Jesus or Buddha or civil rights or 'How to Make Money in Real Estate With No Money Down.' That doesn't make you a human being; it makes you a marketing rep. If you want to talk to somebody honestly, as a human being, ask him about his kids. Find out what his dreams are - just to find out, for no other reason. Because as soon as you lay your hands on a conversation to steer it, it's not a conversation anymore; it's a pitch. And you're not a human being; you're a marketing rep. (The Big Kahuna)

What's your plan for your future writing? 

hopefully i get to keep writing. i love writing. i have been published a few times now and have a poetry book coming out soon with many of the people I worked with at One Stop Poetry.

As I said earlier, we recently opened dVerse Poets Pub and have had a tremendous response. For me this is a way to give back and encourage other poets. If someone wants to write, I want to see them excel at it, I want to water that seed. That is what dVerse is all about. So, I want to see that continue to grow and see more lives touched.


Any advice to poets who wish to start their own poetry community or blogging community?

It is a lot of work. Know that up front. If you want to really build a community it means investing in others. Build a team, you can not do it all yourself. Make sure you know who you are working with, don’t just pick the best poets you know, find ones that have talents beyond writing and will get their stuff done on time or early. Look for creative thinkers and listen to them. Let them own a piece of it so they can play and create themselves. And check your motives, because it is not about you.

PS: It is great to listen, read, and learn from poets in another side of the blogging world, it is a great honor to be able to introduce this special and super talented poet/writer to our growing community, 
Please feel free to join dVerse Poets Pub at
and visit his blog at

Beginning Thursday, Jingle Poetry has moved to The Gooseberry Garden, everyone is welcome! 

see you there…   ;)


West Lake said...

It is good to have such a beautiful company here,

hope that you enjoy reading this special offer.


Morning said...

very insightful thoughts!

Dave King said...

Interesting and original thoughts. Something to think about. Thanks for them.

Eric 'Bubba' Alder said...

Nice to know more about the man behind the words, Brian.

(I see your wife makes you sweat too - LOL!)

Hope said...

great interview!

Heaven said...

I have enjoyed your interview with Brian and appreciate very much his efforts in encouraging everyone, including me, to write.

His presence in the blogging world, and now with the D'Verse Community, is one of a positive voice and helping hand to all of us.

And he is a versatile and terrific writer as well. Happy to see this feature ~

Lolamouse said...

Thanks for the interview! Brian is always a supportive presence in my blog world and a great inspiration. I love how he weaves his experiences directly into his poetry. It's raw and real. His style has helped me be more "present" in my writing. Definitely check out dVerse if you haven't. It's a great site.

Brian Miller said...

smiles. thanks for all the love everyone...and for the honor of being interviewed here...

the first poet community that i was a part of before starting my own was the Thursday Poets Rally so it is a part of my history...

Thursday Poets Rally said...

Thursday Poets Rally is original and raw, poets loved it so very much when it was started in January, 2010, but it was run by a poet in her personal blogs until March, 2011...

One Shot Poetry was the first poetry community that was run by officials/co-founders who share the similar versions of poetry, poetry promotion, and more, and it was inspiring to Thursday Poets Rally...

Jingle Poetry comes in September, two months later after one shot poetry was open....

despite the history, glad to see all come in and celebrate talents/poets/creativity at the same page.

Blessings, thanks for the instant feedback/encouragements...folks, above!

Helen said...

Brian is one of my favorite writers ... thank you for the feature!

Promising Poets' Poetry Cafe said...

How inspiring this post is.

so cool to learn from a different yet profound voice.

keep up the excellence, thanks for the honorable mention, you had been an outstanding participant at poets rally, and your contribution to fresh poets to explore page has been remarkable, everyone who was there were either inspired or encouraged...

best regards on your efforts/agenda in your future writing and poetry community building, waystationone!

Claudia said...

thanks jingle for a great interview...and so glad Kat encouraged you to start writing poetry bri..we would be missing out on so much if she hadn't. brian is not only an excellent poet but also one of the most encouraging commenters in the blogworld. actually i met him about a year ago only because i read one of his comments on another blog and it was written in such a nice and encouraging way that i became curious who this guy behind such a comment is...smiles

The Purple said...

Claudia, look at the official blog roll on the right,

morning is in charge now, thanks for the positive feedback.

bless your day!

Anonymous said...

a smart move, Jingle Poetry Officials,

you guys rock by doing this.

good luck on your new site.

a supporter of both sites...

Jingle said...
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Jingle Poetry said...

Glad to see this feature.

The Gooseberry Garden said...

To those who visit Jingle Poetry,

this blog may be set as private beginning Sunday morning, 9am.

please feel free to make copies of your favorite posts if you wish.

and thanks a lot, to Waystationone, for gracing this place this week.

The Gooseberry Garden is in full operation now.

Anonymous said...
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Bluebell Books said...

we are interested in books,

if you wish to have your book interviewed, drop us a line in our blog any time...

keep the creative juice popping!

very fantastic responses!

Margaret said...

Brian so deserved this closer look at who he is. His talent and commitment are outstanding. Thanks Brian for all your hard work.

ds said...

I am so glad you chose to feature Brian! He is a wonderful, gifted soul as well as a wonderful, gifted writer. He is a tireless worker for poetry, and it is an honor to know him.

Anonymous said...

I totally enjoyed this one :)
Thanks Ji, always enjoy B. when he passes by my blog as well.

Anonymous said...

i'm so grateful i got to see this interview before Jingle Poetry closes to the public {which saddens me greatly to no longer be able to visit the archives, though i will be going to The Gooseberry Garden.}

this may have been your first poem, Brian, but it is my favorite {she says with tears running down her cheeks} and it epitomizes who you are ~ a man who cares about humanity as a whole and each individual.

a wonderful interview! thank you.

Pat said...

Jingle, where are you? Love you!!! girl, and I miss you a lot.

I remember this guy called brian, he was like crazy when he attended Jingle's Thursday Poets Rally, he was 100% reliable and would visit every single participant, and he clicks every single fresh link to give his encouragement...

Besides Jamie, William, You Are Never Alone, Beth, and Ibok, he is one of those poets who joined the rally beginning week 1, and stayed almost every single week until week 20 or 21, I was sad to see him leave Jingle last July to develop his own poetry community, but I'm glad to see him featured by Jingle Poetry Community here...

Brian, keep up the excellence! You are one of the best talent here!!!

West Lake, pass my word to Jingle, she is loved and missed, what she has done for poets rally, jingle poetry community, and poets in blogging space is beautiful and

we adore her for who she is...

West Lake said...

Thanks for the lovely comments, everyone...

It is a great honor to do such feature!

Happy Blogging!

Life in a Poem said...

great interview Brian, yes you are a great listener. But how do you have time for so many ppl?

Raining Iguanas said...

Enjoyed the interview, experienced in real life "5 hours" by waystationone, agree with the wonderful comments, browsed waystation's previous adventures, and promise to stayed tuned for more. Now off to dVerse I go!