An Interview with T. E. Vaughner

Author of "Before and After," "I Want A Woman With Muscle,"
and "Pathetic" among others.

Why did you choose your name (and/or what does your name mean)?
T E Vaughner is my real name!

Why (and how) did you begin writing poetry?
I used to write short stories but they became too convoluted for me. I grew tired I having to always be concerned with things like "character" and "plot development". Therefore, poetry seemed like a natural progression for me, the best of both worlds, so to speak. I could have the narrative form that I love the freedom to experiment with new styles and, most importantly, the ability to cleanse my mind and heart of all those pent up emotions. Poetry is above all else a cathartic experience for me.

How long have you been writing?
I have been writing and telling stories almost as long as I have been able to hold a pencil! A cousin of mine still talks about how as a small child I told him a story about a Bengal Tiger. Neither one of us remembers exactly what that story was about but he swears it was the most fantastic tale he ever heard spoken from the mouth of a five year old!

How do you get the ideas for your poetry?
The emotion behind the poetry comes from life; there is no greater teacher. However, as far as the different styles I might employ to get that emotion across that comes from other poets. Reading the work of other poets is very important to bettering your craft. I will read anything by anyone. The race, gender, age, nationality or sexual preference of the poet does not hinder me. Everyone has something to offer and just knowing that can enhance my style.

How long does it typically take to write a poem?
I don't put a time limit on these things. Some poems are complete in five minutes. With other poems, it has taken me several months to reach a point where I feel free to let others see it. Sometimes I am never satisfied.

How do your poems reflect your real life experiences?
This may sound trite but what you see really is what you get! I do write what I feel but that doesn't necessarily mean that a particular event happened that exact way. Like I've said earlier, theses are feelings, the way I perceive things. Add to that a little artistic license and you have T E Vaughner's definition of a real life experience.

What poems (or creative projects) are you working on right now?
Currently there are no major projects in the works for me. I don't really have a set schedule on when I write. I try to let the spirit speak to me.

How has the Kuma audience responded to the audio readings of your poems?
In general, the response to my poetry has been very positive! The comments range from "intimate proposals" to simple thanks. One reader wrote to tell me how much she enjoyed "Before and After" because it explained how difficult dealing with cancer could be not only for the victim but also for the people who are left behind. However, the audio readings are another story indeed! I've been asked if I look like I sound, if I'm single and one person just came right on out and said that she fell in love with me after listening to "A Woman With Muscle" over and over again!

Have you published anywhere else? If yes, where?
Yes. Some of my poems have also been featured in GBF magazine.

When can we look forward to reading something else by you on Kuma?
Only time will tell...

Read I Want A Woman With Muscle , Before And After, or First Impressions

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