Jean-Marc Desgent answers to Bonifacio
1. Do you have something against the ocean?
2. What parts of the planet Earth do you think poetry trees could be planted on?
3. Is solitude the beginning or end of everything in existence?
4. Which would you prefer: to be a good writer, but utterly miserable, or a happy, mediocre writer?
The first opportunity... I didn’t say, the first chance...
5. Is madness the basic ingredient of true genius?
I don’t know if it is the basic ingredient but it permits to liberate ourselves from the fear of solitude.
6. Sincerely, what do you think of the people around you who aren´t writers or involved in any artistic activities whatsoever?
Sincerely, I don’t care... Sometimes, writers are so boring.
7. Were you telling the truth when you lied, or did you mean what you said when you lied?
I’m not a liar, I love fictions...
8. Who or what is it that you can´t stand?
9. What is your biggest phobia or fear; your biggest pleasure or passion?
Getting old. Writing.
10. If someone told you they didn´t really like your literary works, regardless of the genre they were referring to, even if lots of people say they love it; how would you feel and what would you say?
I prefer good liars...
11. Do you have any opinions regarding politicians or politics in your country? I’m what we call in french a romantic anarchist.
12. Why haven´t you read all the books sitting at your house? Do you periodically prune your collection down?
My books are my my friends even if I forgot the name of some of my friends.
13. Do you think you´ve written the book you wanted to write?
Some yes, all the others (many, many of them) were, maybe, practices of my few good ones.
14. Given the above, why continue writing if you already said what you had to say the way you wanted to say it?
Why keep using words?
Maybe, I’m just words, words, words.
15. Nightstand books? Coffee table? Jitney van/Bus reading? Subway? Books to read on the toilet?
I read everywhere but rarely finish them...
16. What would happen if there was no such thing as oysters or Malbec grapes?
I would drink good red burgundies (pinot noir) or great chianti classico with beef or osso buco.
17. If you were not a human being, what tangible or abstract thing/concept would you be?
A mountain lion.
18. Have you ever loved or hated more than you should have?
Is that a question or a statement?
19. Do you think the world would be a different place if there was no such thing as poetry?
20. Which do you prefer: the poet, or his/her poetry?
21. Do artists, as they are want to believe, suffer and enjoy more intensely than other mortals?
They don’t suffer or enjoy more, they live trough their art.
22. Any issues with suicide?
I tried once, I didn’t like the feeling.
23. How much of the image you think you project to others do you think is true about yourself?
I really don’t know the image I project so...
24. What has been your most persistent déjà vu experience?
25. If you found out the world were to end at midnight tonight, what exactly would you do?
See the 16 answer.
JEAN-MARC DESGENT, canadian poet.