April 24, 2012
I mostly write philosophical short fiction (magical realism, horror, or dystopian), and my poems have a similar Kafkaesque nature (I use the word descriptively with no pretense as to quality). Most explore themes of existence in an increasingly bureaucratic and impersonal world, solipsism, and distorted theologies. I write prose poetry only, so there is no meter or rhyme.
I enjoy fantastical literature, particularly that with a dark element. I like to be surprised. My favorite authors are Borges and Bierce (among many many others). As far as poetry, I think that representative works would be Coleridge (Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner), Tennyson (Rizpah), and Blake (Auguries of Innocence).
This may sound pedestrian, but the beauty of carefully constructed language appeals to me. I enjoy well-written prose, but had little to do with poetry until recently (aside from a few classics). Writing can serve many different purposes. To me, two of the most important are the expression of an idea and the creation of a strong evocative atmosphere. Many of my writing friends pointed out that my short stories read more like poems, so I joined a poetry group in NY and learned a lot under the tutelage of its leader.
I'm a former physicist who worked in finance for a while and currently is starting a tech company in the Boston area.