I live in Media Pennsylvania , first fair trade town in the USA.
What is the greatest thing about the place you call home?
We are 20 minutes south of Philadelphia, city of brotherly love and birth place of our nation. I’m very proud of the history of equality and caring in this region.
What turns you on creatively?
Life in general is so complex so that when I am moved by an event, or want to empathize with another’s joys or sorrows, I have to speak up.
I suppose the spark is struck by me trying to understand the whirling chaos around me.
What is your favorite word, and can you use it in a poetic sentence?
I sense what you will say to me, as we walk along the muddy path, You’d say to me with tail perked high, “thank you for loving a dog , such as I. ”
What is your pet peeve?
I don’t like using the word “the” in poems. I do, but It really bothers me. I tried staying away from “like” Eg, her eyes were like two marbles. Alas, I have recently given in to the need for similes.
What defines Don Knowles?
I believe my empathic nature defines me. I can’t stand to see others suffer, so I help where, and when I can, protest when necessary and live, to love everyone. My grandmother taught me “do unto others as you would have them to do unto you” when I was a child, That lesson never left me, just grew stronger year after year.
My writing is typically written while I'm on a treadmill, so I call myself "the treadmill poet!" Born in West Chester Pa in 1960 I have been inspired to begin writing again through my interactions with two people I care deeply about that are experiencing the torrents of mental illness.