Thursday, January 28, 2016

2/1/16 Dan Brady Featured

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2/1/16 Dan Brady hosted by Jan

 Dan was born in New York City and comes from a large family.  He can
recount adventures from that portion of his childhood spent growing up in
Queens.  His family moved to California in 1960, after his father suddenly
passed away.  Although he had an interest in the arts, it was not until high
school that he began writing poetry.  By the early 1970¹s he became a part
of San Francisco¹s poetry community and has been writing poems, haiku,
stories and prose ever since.  However, the time now seems right to publish
what needs saying in the hopes of making a positive change - this is why he
has produced this collection of poetry.
     He enjoys the process of producing poetry.  First because of that
moment of inspiration when a new poem comes to mind is as subtle as it is
wondrous.  He¹ll say that it all begins with attending to the voice of the
muse, which is similar to taking dictation.  Secondarily he enjoys editing,
revising and rehearsing pieces in preparation for presenting them to an
audience, which may prompt further revisions.
     When talking about his writing he¹ll usually explain that while
preparing a piece or performing is enjoyable, nothing compares to the
inspirational moment which brings about something new and incredible; he is
constantly amazed by that aspect of the writer¹s life.  When asked about his
process he is fond of saying, ³I read and reread a poem until it settles
down² by which he means that the poem ceases to change and is no longer in
need of revision - at which point it is ready to present to an audience.  In
addition, while some poems are done in a single draft and others take years
they are never truly done.

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