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Now without further ado,
Telling us a bit about yourself.
My name is Richard. I am Canadian and I was born on January 15th 1976 in Montreal, Quebec. I have been writing since I was in early grade school and I also have three plays of comedy… modeled a little after the style of Monty Python and Shakespeare… that will have to get published one of these days. I don’t have much of a social life, I play video games, I drink occasionally and I smoke weed. I do not get along with nor do I like my “family”… so don’t even go there. My name at birth is Mark Felder, but there are so many “Mark Felder”s when I Google it, maybe you should just stick to calling me Richard William Kirkpatrick-Thorne… then there’s only one of me on the Google search.
I graduated from high school in 1993 from Massey Vanier H.S. in Cowansville, Quebec and I did some CEJEP at John Abbott College for a couple of semesters until I dropped out. I didnt know what to focus on, so I just kept doing drugs until I moved to Thunder Bay, On. and got a couple of jobs… starting out working in a mining office doing odd jobs and front desk before working for a security guard company. Eventually I left in 2000 and travelled across Canada, living 5 years in Vancouver, BC before homelessness drove me to live in Montreal, London (On.), and Ottawa’s shelters before settling down in Ottawa.
All the time I was homeless… from 2005 to 2016… I wrote poetry (and those 3 plays) later self-publishing my work through Friesen Press (Victoria, BC). Being homeless and putting aside money every month to get my books published was a challenge, but it all got done.
I live in Ottawa, Ontario Canada.
What got you into poetry?
I always wrote. Being as I was homeless, writing poetry was easier than writing a novel, let me tell you that. Seriously, poetry is just a quicker medium for my thoughts. I will probably write a novel one day. Maybe. I don’t know.
Was poetry a big part of your childhood?
No. And anything remotely poetic taught at school was rehashed and redundant and not very inspirational. My poetry writing started in moments of my boredom or isolation, eventually finding form and purpose. I did however write a lot of short stories while growing up… makes sense I suppose, as poetry often requires a certain amount of maturity in order to write it a certain way.
What is the meaning of your book title?
STILLNESS AND ECHOES …the title of my latest book (2016)… hmmmm… well, a morbid study of reflection and reaction, skipping a stone across the thin membrane over the abyss, echoes are what remains when something HAS happened… stillness before it happens, everybody waits for the moment in between… as if the event creates the next moment to occur. The only thing certain is the knowledge of atrophy and chaos and whatever creates momentum is celebrated… or at least remembered… then grasped in memory by all present. We all glide from moment to moment, sometimes waiting for those moments, sometimes needing those moments or at times fearing or dreading the reveal.
Tell us a bit about your book.
It is a book of my finest writing. My poetry seems to fit in this book nicely, when it comes to quality and my style… hey, you have to get stronger eyes if you have a problem with capital letters everywhere. lol. Oh and those ellipsis….hahahahaha… well, you either like it or you don’t. I like it, so it stays.
How can our readers contact you and order your book?
My Twitter– @theonlymanhere