1. What is the origin and/or background for the character Nemo Bopp?
Nemo Bopp began as a collective alter ego for 3 college roommates and myself when I attended school at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. We wanted to create the ultimate hipster, the guy too cool to be part of anything conventional or in vogue. With everything going on today, I decided to resurrect this character in my own singular voice.
2. How is he different from Dekklun Cuinn?
Like the Portuguese poet Fernando Pessoa, I decided early on to manufacture identities with a distinctly unique voice. In the case of Dekklun Cuinn, I probed my mother’s Irish heritage and came upon this unusual Gaelic rendering of a common Irish name. I have always been enamoured of the modern Irish writers like Yeats, Joyce, Shaw, and Becket.
So you will always find a Romantic sensibility and a strong lyrical tone to Mr. Cuinn’s endeavors. This, of course, is the antithesis of Nemo Bopp’s poetic efforts.
3. What is Bop's philosophy or opinion regarding the current state of affairs going on with the US economy and those who are occupying Wall Street? How does this relate to or expressed within Anti-Poems?
Nemo, of course, loves anything and anyone that challenges the status quo. Although his take on the inequities that exist between the corporate world and the working class lies in the fact the public, most of which owns stock in these same corporations through their 401Ks, have been too detached from how these corporations behave and how they manage their Boards. What is needed is more public participation NOT more government control.
4. What inspired the insurgence of "anti-poetry" into your repitoire?
After attending numerous readings and sampling the efforts of many of my contemporaries it dawned on me, that everything sounded the same. All the poets today write in the same, first-person confessional voice. The local Poetry Scene has given birth to a whole generation of whining crybabies. A whole dysfunctional generation begging for a hug!
5. How have others responded to the Anti-Poems?
Most, I’m surprised to say, have been pretty supportive. But there has been an occasional hiss and boo (which I love and encourage)
6. Do you expect more volumes to be published in the near future?
I’m not sure. I’ll see how far this takes me. I’ve become more and more interested in film as poetry.
7. Are you expected to do more live readings in the future? If so where can we see these performances?
My favorite venues are all pretty much booked up for most of the year, but I will continue to pop up at some local open-mics to test the waters.
8. Who are some of your current favorite contemporary poets?
I was fortunate to study under three of my most favorite mentors, Ann Stanford, Kenneth Rexroth and William Everson. Of those living, I would say B.H. Fairchild, Billy Collins, and Cassandra Cleghorn are among my favorites.
9. What are your some of your favorite topics for Anti-Poems?
Contemporary poetry, religion, and the political scene.
10. In general what makes good poetry? What separates "good poetry" from "truly brilliant poetry" in your opinion. Is the opinion different from that of Nemo Bop in any way? If so please explain.
I think “good poetry” has a tendency to fit uniquely in a given place and time. The Early Moderns—Pound, Eliot, Stevens—were uniquely suited for the angst and anxiety that accompanied the First World War. Ginsberg and Bukowski were perfect voices to reflect the tenuous façade of the American Dream. “Brillant Poetry” seems to take language and metaphor to the highest possible level. The Waste Land, Howl, The Bridge, Berrryman’s Dream Songs, Rilke’s Sonnets to Orpheus, Rimbaud’s The Drunken Boat, Baudelaire’s Flowers of Evil—these works instantly come to mind. Today with more poets writing in the world than ever before while the demand and interest from the public is at an all-time low, the Nemo Bopp persona is a last-ditch effort on my part to move the consciousness of Poetic Reality in another direction.