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Something About Something: An Interview with Poet Shelly Taylor

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BW: I find you to be hilarious. Sometimes it's subtle, but the humor in your work is definitely there. Same with sexuality, like when a cheerleader raises her skirt and you write: "the crowd goes       shame you're wrong".    Can you discuss the roles of both humor and sexuality in your work?

ST: It's subconscious in the work.   I don't think I tried to be anything at all--neither funny nor sexual--it's just human nature to be a funny sexual creature, yes? 

BW: You're a former state barrel racing champion, you have had two chapbooks and a full-length collection of poetry out well before you turned 30, I wouldn't say you have a chip on your shoulder but you seem hypercompetitive and almost relish accomplishing things that people doubt you can do.    So what's next for you? In writing and in life?

ST: In truth I've always been way too competitive for my own good, way too strong for my own good, & mostly type-A to a fault.   What's next for me is finishing my second book--Lions, Remonstrance, Fatale, Blue--which should be done in a year or so, hopefully less.   I'm more than halfway through & I'm in Key West this summer which should help me get it done because I'm not going to be socializing as much as I would in Tucson.   I'd like to write a novel after the second book is finished.   I've started one but don't like it very much yet cause I only put five months into it & can't write dialog or scenes to save my ass, though I'm learning to be more patient with myself.   My mama says never pray for more patience because that means the Lord will send you constant trials & tribulations to help you improve yourself in the way in which you seek, & so I don't anymore--I just give myself time to work through things.   I want to get another horse & start rodeoing again.   I've got ten years to win the NFR in Vegas which I said I'd do by 40, meaning yes I'll be 30 soon & I usually keep my promises to myself.   I want to keep teaching poetry & hopefully one day that'll turn into something more lucrative than the community college because God knows I'm sick of bartending though of course I'm the best but it wears me out on every level imaginable.   What's next has to always be joy & trying for joy & of course adventures.  

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Bill Wetzel is Amskapi Pikuni aka Blackfeet from Montana. He's a former bull rider/wrestler turned writer and a coauthor of the short story collection "The Acorn Gathering." His work has appeared in or is forthcoming from the American Indian Culture (more...)

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1. What do you think of Shelly as a person? 2. Wha... by Bill Wetzel on Saturday, Jun 11, 2011 at 9:05:38 AM
you rodeo guys are nuts i met a guy in Ok... by Ned Lud on Sunday, Jun 12, 2011 at 8:48:37 AM
I am sure Shelly appreciates it too. Yes rodeo peo... by Bill Wetzel on Sunday, Jun 12, 2011 at 3:56:09 PM
I was pleased to find out about another horseman h... by Ned Lud on Sunday, Jun 12, 2011 at 5:59:03 PM
I didn't think, but I should have included this ea... by Bill Wetzel on Sunday, Jun 12, 2011 at 5:01:12 PM
I was looking in my notes and I misconstrued somet... by Bill Wetzel on Monday, Jun 13, 2011 at 7:01:16 PM