Interview with Junk Talk Poet about new chapbook

I’m chatting with Junk
Talk Poet about his poetry collection titled, Navigating Nightmare Ecstasy.
The Junk Talk Poet is an
anonymous poet from the Black Country in the West Midlands of the UK. His debut
collection was released at the end of January 2016 and is entitled Navigating
Nightmare Ecstasy. The poet also enjoys writing fiction as well as poetry and
is set to release a new collection at the beginning of 2017 entitled No Rhyme,
No Reason. He also creates poetic short films and audio recordings in an
attempt to make poetry accessible to all. The poet is heavily influenced by
writers such as William S Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg and Charles Bukowski.
What do you enjoy most about writing poems?
I feel as though writing
provides me with a psychological outlet that allows me to declutter my mind. If
I am not writing for a lengthy period of time I feel sometimes that life has
its ways of creeping up on me. My biggest aspiration regarding the writing of
my poems is to make an impression on my readers that allow them to look at
something from an angle they may not have seen it from before.
Can you give us a little insight into a few of your poems
– perhaps a couple of your favorites?
One of my favourite poems
and a poem that has been very well received is Face the Wall, a poem from my
latest collection. The poem explores under achievement in schools and combines
personal experiences with the subject matter.
Face the Wall
I’m sorry sir but
boredom took hold
He kicked my shin beneath
the table,
And with that I suppose
You deem me unfit and
academically unable.
But I’ll turn and face the
Have you heard the
cry of the laid off men
Who queue for bread to
feed their own?
They’ve exchanged their
heroes for ghosts
For keep sake we’re
chained to your thrones,
But I’ll turn and face the
Are you just humans
turned into beasts?
Butchering the tradesmen’s
The blood on the torn out
Will we live beneath where
Dorothy stands?
But I’ll turn and face the
Tired of lying
beneath the rays of the sun
I would much rather feel
the rains,
Than the empty wave of
Can you not see my face
taste my pain?
I have read what is wrote
on the factory wall.
Another of my favourites
is The Bucket Shallow which is a shorter poem that explores mental health
issues and the way that modern life contributes to its development.
The Bucket Shallow
Buckets so shallow,
Carrying castles
At arm’s length
For Kings to pass through,
For seas to crash through.
Buckets to wallow
Within, holding hearts
At arm’s length
For love to bleed through,
For blades to cut through.
Buckets for memories,
Carrying like bad scents
Of a potent strength
For anxious thoughts to
cripple you,
For sadness to defeat you
What form are you inspired to write in the most? Why?
There is no particular
poetic style that inspires me, I think subject matter resonates with me more.
My favourite poets in Allen Ginsberg and Charles Bukowski strike a chord with
me due to their ability to dissect modern life and their unconventional way of
describing it.
What type of project are you working on next?
My next project is a
follow up poetry collection entitled No
Rhyme, No Reason
which takes some of the subject matter from the previous
collection to that next step. Some of the poems will appear rather
controversial and will provide alternative views of society, politics and the
When did you first consider yourself a writer / poet?
I don’t think you can ever
consider yourself a writer, I still don’t now if I am honest. In my opinion we
all have things to say and people who are able to craft their views of the
world into poetry and fiction develop a platform in order to disperse their
How do you research markets for your work, perhaps as
some advice for not-yet-published poets?
I think the best way to
research the market for your work is to limit your correspondence to the people
who are able to help you and are interested in the genre you are working with.
Marketing is a big part of getting your work out there so ground work is
imperative if you want to disperse your message far and wide. Make sure you are
doing something every day or at least every other day because you only get out
what you put in.
What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
Not many people are aware
that the work I produce comes from me as I decided a while back that I wanted
to go off radar and anonymously spread my beliefs and views.
As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
At one time I did want to
be a vet and I still have a big passion for the welfare of animals but after
being inspired by a secondary school teacher who mentored my writing for
several years I found that I enjoyed writing more than any other activity.
Anything additional you want to share with the
I am not all that
interested in making money from my work as I find getting my voice heard as a
more important motive for my writing. Anyone interested in reading my latest
poetry collection are more than welcome to message me via Twitter, Instagram, and Goodreads
and I will happily send a PDF copy to them free of charge.
Other links:
Youtube Poetry Short Films –

Thanks for being here
today, Junk Talk Poet!

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