I was born and raised in Geelong, Victoria, Australia (the southern part of the continent, an hour south of Melbourne), and I am still a resident of my home town, having never moved more than 5km away from my parents’ house.
What is the greatest thing about the place you call home?
Geelong is a city beside the bay, and only 30 minutes away from the picturesque Bellarine Peninsula beaches, and the famous South Coast surf beaches. If I was to be reincarnated, I am sure I would come back as a dolphin.
What turns you on creatively?
I am a late bloomer as a writer/poet. Twenty-two years ago I suffered a semi-severe stroke and subsequently, I was in a rehabilitation program for over 12 months, to regain my cognitive abilities of speaking and writing. I started doing crosswords, then began writing sentences, and I developed a liking for poems. Musically I was always a fan of Leonard Cohen’s, and I progressed to reading many of his books. He became my muse and the inspiration behind the beginning of my poetry writings.
What is your favorite word, and can you use it in a poetic sentence?
After my third stroke at the beginning of 2019, my neurosurgeon sat on my hospital bed and said “We have done everything possible to find the source of your problem, but you are a conundrum Ivor.” That night I wrote a poem:
The heart of the matter A conundrum of chatter I wrote a poem after a stroke Who’s left to row the boat Inside a brain covered with spots There’s a sail full of mini-clots
What is your pet peeve?
Corporate greed, which is probably responsible for the deterioration of our planet’s environment.
What defines Ivor Steven?
Naively I believe in the goodness of human beings, despite our obvious failings. I am an environmentalist, an anti-war campaigner, and I passionately absorb myself in writing about the value of living every day as a new experience and that everything/everyone has a purpose in life.
Ivor Steven was formerly an Industrial Chemist, then a Plumber, now retired, and has been writing poetry for 19 years. He is on the committee of the Geelong Writers Inc.(Australia), a team member with the on-line magazine "Go Dog Go Cafe" (America), and also writer for "Coffee House Writers" magazine (America).