JoeyPinkney.com Exclusive Interview
5 Minutes, 5 Questions With…
Greatest Poet Alive, author of The Mind of a Poetic Unsub
The Mind of a Poetic Unsub is an autobiographical journey into the life of controversial poet, G.P.A.. In this poetry collection, the poems tell stories that beg reading. At the same, the Greatest Poet Alive flexes bulging poetic muscles by writing in various and ignored poetic forms such as cinquain, villanelle, sestina and haiku. And of course, G.P.A’s pen flows with passion with the stories of love he is known for. The Mind of a Poetic Unsub is complete book of poetry that touches everyone somewhere.
Joey Pinkney: Where did you get the inspiration to write The Mind of a Poetic Unsub?
Greatest Poet Alive: The inspiration to write The Mind of a Poetic Unsub came from a period when I found myself no longer married (thankfully) and finally sober. The poems tell my, with no sugar coating, experiences since my release from incarceration in 2008. Plus, some of the topics are off-the-beaten-track but translated into dark humor. “This Christmas” comes to mind.
JP: What sets The Mind of a Poetic Unsub apart from other books in the same genre?
GPA: The Mind of a Poetic Unsub stands apart from other books of poetry because it covers every aspect and style that poetry affords. There are narratives of seriousness, love, humor, and as stated above, styles of poems for poetry purists.
JP: As an author, what are the keys to your success that led to The Mind of a Poetic Unsub getting out to the public?
GPA: I believe in being in constant view of not only my readers but the public as a whole, whether I just released a book or not. This comes from my appearances as a performer, contributions to anthologies, and media appearances via radio or video.
JP: As an author, what is your writing process? How long did it take you to start and finish The Mind of a Poetic Unsub?
GPA: My writing process is to just write, then I’ll organize after. The Mind of a Poetic Unsub actually was written from June 17, 2008, until December 2011. After that, it was a matter of removing poems that did not fully facilitate the flow of the book.
JP: What’s next for Greatest Poet Alive?
GPA: I have started writing a poetry book for children entitled Remembrances of a Dark Skinned Boy. I will soon complete “The Lust Series” with Revenge of the Orgasm, recording a live CD of Poetry with my band, Enjoy Yourself Entertainment, and continuing traveling to promote my book and perform.
I am always asked,”Why do I write the way I do?” I write because I believe this is what God means for me to do. And I write the way I do, in reference to the love poems, because I am enamored of beautiful women and wish to give them a reason to still believe in love. Finally, my passion for poetry is relentless because I want to be the best ever!
I am always asked,”Why do I write the way I do?” I write because I believe this is what God means for me to do. And i write the way I do, in reference to the love poems, because I am enamored of beautiful women and wish to give them a reason to still believe in love. Finally, my passion for Poetry is relentless because I want to be the best ever!