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Q and A Interview with Brian Mackenzie – Poet

brian mackenzie interview

When did you realise you wanted to become an author?

I never put pen to paper until a few years ago. My son, daughter and a friend of my son started a music blog called Tune Doctor. Music usually reminds you of something and that was the the principal of the blog. I gave a song and a story which related to that song. I did this every week for about three years. One day I did what I suppose was a poem. Poems soon became a feature on the blog. That was it, I was away. Almost every day I did something new.

Who are the people that have influenced your work?

Well I have been into music ever since I heard the Dam Busters March in the fifties. When I first heard Dylan in the sixties under the covers with my little tranny, I was hooked. I have been a life long fan. I suppose all the rock poets have influenced me. I have always been interested in lyrics and I’m always quoting my favourites. My Mother told me a trip was a fall.

What is your process for creating your work?

If I wake during the night, if something comes into my head, I would think of a few lines and would get up and write the lines on my phone, later transfer on to my PC and finish. There appears no end to my output. If I think of something, or think of a good line, again, I write it on my phone for later use. I know I should take more care. But I finish one and I’m on to the next. I’m sure I could improve most of them.

What genres/audiences do you create your work for? 

I suppose I did it firstly for myself as I enjoy it. I get a certain thrill waking up and knowing I have something going to finish. Later I self published some books which were really for my family and friends. Something to remember me rather that some picture in a drawer. I did not have the confidence to approach a publisher until Wordcatcher and the wonderful David.

I also try and write in song format. A friend of my son was quite involved in the music business. But gave it up for 10 years. He now goes under the name of Desert Life and has adapted some of my poems and put music to them. He has released 4 tracks so far. He is very talented and only money stops him doing more. Check out Desert Life.

Where do your ideas come from?

Nothing is off limits. Mostly from the past or what is going on around me. Anything can set me off, a movie, a line, anything.

What is your favourite work of your own and why?

Probably the first one I did was based on a true story and was called The Black Trench Coat. I have a soft spot for that one.

THE BLACK TRENCH COAT
She wanted to spread her wings
(her thighs)
it was January, it was winter cold
I was alone in my dungeon
the single bar heater gave little warmth
Songs of Love and Hate arrived today
it was on repeat
a bottle was on the table
two fingers of comfort were left
the words ‘Jane came by with a lock of your hair’
stung, they stung in my grieving ears
the cigarette smoke froze in the cold
the bottle stood empty
the room slowed down
I needed a drink
I slipped on my ‘famous’ Black Trench coat
I headed for the door, the night, the biting rain
searching for a bar,
searching for anywhere
wanting her

What has been of greatest interest to you in the past week?

The ATP cup in Australia. The U.K. did quite well without Andy. Not Iran.

What do you do when you aren’t creating your work?

Im retired now but I used to be very active and played sport, tennis, squash and badminton to quite a high level. My activity now is taking our three dogs (Yorkies) for walks which I enjoy. I love movies and of course I still love listening to music and try and keep up with new music being released.

What makes you smile the most?

I actually smiled when I read that question. Although a lot of what I write is pretty dark, I’m a happy soul. I see the funny side of almost everything. So I guess I smile a lot.

What is the meaning of life?

I wish I knew, but family, being happy and a glass in your hand is close to the answer.

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