Spotlight On Writers
- Where, do you hail from?
- What is the greatest thing about the place you call home?
The people … I feel those in the Midwest are an amalgamation of all personality types from across the US. If America is the melting pot, the Midwest is the melt.
- What turns you on creatively?
- What is your favorite word, and can you use it in a poetic sentence?
In a poetic sense, I favor the word or poetic device of enjambment, as exemplified in the following excerpt from my poem “Disease” … Dis ease / It seeps beyond your body / Into our shared lives / makingsimplethingsdifficult. It provides just the right degree of irritation to bring the point home. If allowed a second, I would choose the term or poetic device made famous by E.E. Cummings … open field … as in … we are in a / l o n g g o o d b y e / embrace. To me, this extends a feeling, leaves it hanging like a gossamer thread in the wind.
- What is your pet peeve?
I have a pet peeve when using the word that as a conjunction. It is to be used when the phrase, which follows, is integral to the meaning of the sentence. Yet, many people use it indiscriminately as a filler word. I have found that in most cases the word can be removed to tighten the sentence structure.
- What defines Keith Hoerner?
The imaginative awareness of being that defines Keith Hoerner has been forged from the fires of child abuse and alcoholism (as a means to self-anesthetize); now free of these entanglements, his being is quieter, more observant, and filled with a fury to give voice to the silenced. His memoir and MFA Thesis Missing the Mark: A Target Child Speaks can be found on Amazon.