Until I Sneeze – Poetry Reading By Kirby Timmons

Watch the Poetry Reading of UNTIL I SNEEZE:

Poem Read by Becky Shrimpton

Get to know poet Kirby Timmons:

1) What is the theme of your poem?

I guess the theme of “Until I Sneeze” is that we all have little annoyances in our day, but only if we look at them that way. I’m a writer, and it just seemed like my morning sneezes aways came right when I had a good line or two, then after the sneeze, I couldn’t remember them! I decided to turn that experience into a work of its own. Looked at a certain way, every little mishap we have during the day is worthy of inspection, reflection and perhaps even a poem!

2) How would you like people to respond when they read or watch your poetry reading?

I’d love for people hearing my poem to be reminded, “yeah, that happens to me sometimes”, but they were just annoyed by it, whether it was a sneeze or whatever. And to look at the little annoyance in a different way, as a kind of “proof of life”, really. As the kids say these days, “it’s all good”.

3) How long have you been writing poetry?

I’m mostly a prose writer and have been doing it since college when I had a brilliant, supportive english teacher, Mrs. Lange. She put me on the road to being a writer and reinforced in me that, whether it was prose, or poetry, or a shopping list, writing is a discipline that can help shape your experience of life. I never forgot that, or her. Thank you, Mrs. Lange!

4) Do you have a favorite poet?

Ralph Waldo Emerson would be tops, both for his choice of subjects and his approach. Of course, Carl Sandberg is up there, too, along with mostly other american transcendentalist poets. I love poetry collections and have found reading them helps center me in this crazy world where words are mostly used to “sell” us things. Nice to go back to the simple use of words to communicate a feeling, a thought.

5) What influenced you to submit to WILDsound and have your poetry performed by a professional actor?

Most poets read their own poetry, to themselves… endlessly! It’s part of the process of getting it “right”, of honing that one last line that’s out of meter, to find its place within your overall structure. The idea of hearing a professional actor’s reading was such a plus and a lark, I just wanted to see what that was like. Ok, there was a discount going on, too… I had been honored some years ago with the Grand Prize in the WildSound Spec TV Script festival, and that was such a great experience. So, the poetry festival just seemed like a natural for me.

6) Do you write other works? scripts? Short Stories? Etc..?

I’m a screenwriter by trade, having written for television, corporate training, motivational scripts and even some speechwriting for Steven Covey and others. Haven’t yet sold a feature script, though several have been optioned, and there’s one in the works currently. Might even be an entry in an upcoming WildSound festival.

7) What is your passion in life?

As a senior, my passions have shifted from career orientation to just living and sharing life and love with my two adult sons, and a special person in my life now. And of course, writing always — you know, scripts, poems, shopping lists… it’s all good!

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