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AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT - Steve Denehan (poet)

We're shining the spotlight on some of the authors/poets who we feel really sum up the MONO. vibe. Steve Denehan is a poet from Kildare, Ireland and lives with his wife Eimear and daughter Robin. He is the author of two chapbooks and three poetry collections. Winner of the Anthony Cronin Poetry Award and twice winner of Irish Times' New Irish Writing, his numerous publication credits include Poetry Ireland Review and Westerly.' We love his work and we think you will too:

Hi Steve, sum yourself up for us in one sentence:

I'm drawing a blank here which is not a good start! I suppose I'm a person that gets up each day and tries not to mess up too badly. What or who inspires your writing? I often write about people close to me or things that have happened during the day but I think, more than anything, I tend to write about small things. The small things are the big things really after all. Where do you like to write? I write in the sitting room on a laptop mostly but sometimes a line or a poem comes along when I'm out and about so the phone comes in handy then.

Early bird or night owl? Night owl for sure! I've never been a morning person at all. There's a different feel to the world at night time I think. What's your favourite quote? That's a tough one, in that I don't know a whole lot of quotes! The old Bukowski line of 'Find what you love and let it kill you.' is always a winner but I like the Tom Waits line, 'A gentleman is someone who can play the accordion, but doesn't.' Tom really is a quote machine.

Who's your favourite author/poet and why? Narrowing it down to just one author or poet is pretty much impossible I think. But the book I have reread most is 'The Catcher in the Rye' by JD Salinger. It's not exactly a hidden gem I know but it's as close to a perfect piece of writing as I have ever read. I read it once every few years or so and each time it affects me just as deeply. Words of wisdom/writing advice?

Be brave enough to keep things simple. Complicated doesn't always mean better.

Poetry by Steve Denehan:

Mirrored Shades

There is such a thing

as mirror spray paint

I had no idea and plan

to stock up on it

to step into the garden and spray

every inch of myself

from my toenails

to the hair on my head

with a pair of mirrored shades

I will be invisible

I will walk down the street

through shopping malls

through the park

reflecting the world

back at itself

people might notice me

as a distortion

a ripple in the air

moving past

they might look at me

but they will only see themselves

which, when you get down to it

is all

they really want to see