Daniel Romo / by Poetry Lab

WHO ARE YOU?

I live with my family and kitten in the Los Altos area of Long Beach. I teach high school English and creative writing. Working out, playing sports, and writing keep me balanced. When people look at me, they never suspect I write poetry. I like it like that.

DANIEL @ A GLANCE

NAME: Daniel Romo

RECENT PUBLICATIONS:
"Shadowboxing" — HEArt Online “Grammar” — District Lit “Jimmy Snuka Loves the World” — Barrelhouse

BOOKS: When Kerosene's Involved(Mojave River Press, 2014)

Romancing Gravity (Silver Birch Press, 2013)

The Plural of Everything (forthcoming chapbook from Bitterzoet Press, 2014)

CURRENT PROJECT:
Working on a third book of poems, consisting of: family, childhood, aging, baseball, and faith.

FAVORITE POET: Sabrina Orah Mark

FAVORITE POETRY BOOKS: Donkey Gospel by Tony Hoagland and You Can Tell the Horse Anything by Mary Koncel

CURRENTLY READING: Failure by Philip Schultz

EDUCATION: I have an M.F.A. in Creative Writing with an emphasis in Poetry from Queens University of Charlotte.

HOW DID YOU FIRST HEAR ABOUT THE POETRY LAB AND WHEN WAS YOUR FIRST EVENT?

I first learned of The Poetry Lab through Facebook. It seemed like a neat opportunity to attend something poetry-related that was not a reading. My first event was in May of 2013.

WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR MOST SIGNIFICANT SUCCESS AT THE POETRY LAB?

Finding inspiration. Sometimes I put too much pressure on myself to write. I want to create so badly that I empty myself and am left with nothing. The Poetry Lab always fills me back up when I need it.

HOW HAS THE POETRY LAB CHANGED YOUR COMMUNITY?

I don’t attend as many readings as I used to. At this point, I’m more concerned with focusing on my writing. But at Lab, I’m still able to maintain that sense of community amongst fellow writers.

PLEASE SHARE A POEM WITH US.

Relocating

by Daniel Romo

My new city is far from my old city, but the ghetto is still the ghetto.
Though the ghetto is more of a state. The capital of ghettos are the
projects. All the schoolchildren know the names. Nickerson. Jordan
Downs
. Cabrini Green. The lucky numbers in the ghetto are Five-O,
one-eight-seven, and 40’s. Entertainment consists of Double Dutch and
drive-bys. Fun… fun… fun… Actually, the ghetto is more like a solar
system. Yet there are no stars in the ghetto. But if you ignore the sirens
and close your eyes as hard as you can, it’s almost like you’re standing
on another planet.

(Published in Ishaan Literary Review)

DID YOU WRITE "relocating" IN THE POETRY LAB?

Yeah, I wrote this at the Lab and the prompt had to do with place.

WHAT CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT THE STYLE OR FORM?

I prefer not to categorize my style. I’ll let my readers do that. But this is a prose poem, and I love prose poems. I don’t do form right now, but a prose poem is the closest to “form” that I get.

WHAT ARE THREE THINGS THAT INSPIRED YOU TO WRITE "RELOCATING"?

Writing about place: because it was part of the prompt. Prose poems: because prose poems!
I like writing about inner-city life. It’s real.

DOES MUSIC INFLUENCE YOUR POETRY?

Sometimes I listen to jazz while I write, preferably without words. Most of the time, I prefer no music of any kind playing while I write. 

THANK YOU DANIEL!

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