Jeremy Clark : January 4th, 2017

Photo by Rachel Eliza Griffiths

Photo by Rachel Eliza Griffiths

Have you ever left a movie theater feeling like you just needed to drive around to reflect? Jeremy Clark and I were chatting before the interview about the movie Moonlight. He described it as one of those movies you just have to drive around afterwards. I can’t remember the last time a movie or book effected me in that way, but I knew right away what he meant. To get so enveloped in a thing that conjures far too many ideas, thoughts, and emotions.

From talking with Jeremy and what I’ve heard about it on NPR, Moonlight has some obvious parallels to Jeremy’s work. The story follows a young black man as he defines his identity dealing with questions of masculinity and belonging. Many of these same questions are asked in Jeremy’s poetry.

Jeremy Clark is my guest today. He is a southern poet born in Louisville, now living in the Bronx. Much of his writing are reflections on family, home, masculinity, and being a Black American. Jeremy is a Cave Canem Fellow, has taken part in the poetry project the Conversation, and is currently working on his thesis manuscript at Rutgers University.

We had a really great discussion during the holidays. We covered a lot of ground on subjects such as feeling like you never fit in, what being a good older sibling entails, and his projections for the next presidential administration.

You can learn more about Jeremy and read his work at jeremymichaelclark.com

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Till next time..

Treats…

How’s it going, listeners? I’d definitely say this is the time of the year for treats; the more traditional edible kind, and the not so edible variety. This holds true for Blind Date, and what I bring to you in the weeks coming. Next  Wednesday, I give to you  the projectionist collective Spettra. The folks of Spettra keep the hands on tradition of liquid light shows and projections alive with their lo-fi approach. You’ve probably seen them out doing their thing, and not even know it. Spettra has done visuals for such local musicians such as Lady Pyramid, Black Birds of Paradise, and Twin Limb. Be sure to listen in to the humorous conversation I had with them, come Wednesday. And hopefully the Wednesday after, Christmas for those who celebrate it, I’ll have something a little special for you if all goes right. Things are hectic trying to balance projects, family gatherings, holiday parties, and interviews. You’ll just have to be patience and see..

Till then.

PS. Above is a video of Spettra providing some awesome visuals for Black Birds of Paradise at Haymarket.

You can definitely find more on their Facebook page.