Recently, poet DJ Williams released her new poetry book, “the night was something magic”, which is available on Amazon. Williams, in an exclusive interview with Examiner, detailed her journey into the avant-garde, unapologetic poet that she is today. Once you read her stuff, you will realize that not all women are shy and afraid to say what is on their minds and that’s a good thing.
What is the inspiration for the new cover?
Well, I’ve always loved the mountains of Western Maryland where I reside. I view the trees as a symbol of strength and beauty. Plus, a large portion of my writing draws inspiration from nature so it just made sense to me. “The Night Was Something Magic” needed a cover that represents the nature that is so tightly woven throughout the collection.
How long have you been writing? Do you remember your first poem?
Twenty years, give or take. Yes, my first poem was written at the age of eight. We were to write a poem about nature to read in front of the class. I wrote about the pear tree in our yard and how my mother wanted it gotten rid of but my dad wanted to keep it because of the squirrel that was living in it. I haven’t stopped writing since.
Have you ever suffered from writer’s block? Any tips for avoiding it?
(Sigh) Yes, I have but luckily not for long periods of time. There’s nothing enjoyable about it but I’ve gotten to the point where I view it as a break or a chance to change up my pace. I don’t think it can be avoided. The creative process is just that: a process and has a cycle to it. Just don’t stress and go with the flow.
There’s a returning character in your poetry. Can you tell us more about him? Are we going to see more of him?
The woodsman character is based on a dear friend of mine and most of the events are true. I consider him to be my muse as he provides most of my inspiration at this time. He values his privacy so that’s all I can really say about him personally.
Yes, I have a few short stories in the works. He’s going to get a name eventually as well.
What are some other topics you write about?
I’m in love with tiny moments and the details that so often go unnoticed. The interactions between people interest me. I am guilty of eavesdropping. I also like to write about the thoughts and feelings most women have but can’t talk about openly for fear of being labelled anything less than ladylike.
What do you think of those who have labeled your work as “housewifey”?
Do you have any favorite poets?
I do. I discovered Charles Bukowski my freshman year of high school and fell in love with his simple approach to writing. That was a pivotal moment for my writing… it was never quite the same after that. His viewpoint and attitude towards the world and life in general fascinated me immediately. Dorothy Parker is another that has influenced me. Alex Ness is a current living favorite of mine along with the many writers I follow on Tumblr and Facebook.
Are there any musicians that inspire you?
Nick Cave and the bad seeds, the National, Watsky, and Atmosphere are my usual go-to groups but when actually writing I find lyrics distract me so it’s instrumental only when the pen hits paper.
If you want to keep up with Williams, you can follow her on Tumblr.