Hope everyone’s having a fine Tuesday morning, or at least one better than the store is. Today’s interview is with Art Heifetz, who contributed “Bargains” to Issue 5.
Describe your work in 25 words or less.
I enjoy telling stories, simply and musically. I want to make you smile, laugh, cry. Anything but leave you cold.
Tell me about your poem “Bargains.”
It’s about my father, his obsession with getting a good deal, and our visits to the “discount house.”
What or who inspires you to write?
My wife, Mayela, a Nicaraguan beauty. My old Peace Corps buddy Ray and his wife, Aouicha.
What authors have influenced you as a writer?
William Carlos Williams ( the subject of my never-to-be-completed dissertation), my namesake Malka Heifetz Tussman (a Yiddish American poet) and Nicaraguan poets such as Ruben Dario.
Do you have a blog/website?
Where can we read you next?
Writers Tribe Review, current issue.
What are you working on right now?
Storypoems about my family. Poems about Nicaragua. Poems about the crazy modern world.
Any advice for other writers?
Keep it simple. Write straight from the heart. Work on the rhythm of the words.
Anything else you’d like to say?
Even at 67, life still has a lot of surprises in store.