Over at the Ottowa Poetry website, Chris Turnbull interviewed Bruno Neiva about his work, and also interviewed the pair of us about our Servant Drone collaboration, which will see the light of day in print thanks to Alec Newman’s Knives Forks & Spoons Press (KFS: 2015).
Q: There’s about 30 pages each of Servant Drone — did Servant Drone have a form that you both worked out, or was it more organic, leaving each of you to your own styles, inclinations, craft?
B: We had total freedom and never interfered with the other’s work. In all collaborations, you know, things do work or they don’t work at all, there’s no middle term really. So we didn’t impose anything on the other. When we showed each other the very first poems of Servant Drone we instinctively knew that it could work that way. So we kept writing until the book was completed. Form/Structure? As I said before, I would write one poem and Paul would answer to that poem, and vice versa, until we reached 30 poems each.
P: I would write in response to Bruno’s text, and then write a fresh piece for Bruno to respond to; there were no fixed form(s) at all, then he would do the same. That was how we shaped the project; it allowed opportunities to experiment, there were no rules. I found collaborating with Bruno as SD (Servant Drone) really helped me hone and sharpen an ongoing personal project: my own definition of poetry; one that reflects the 21st century we live in (uncertainty vs endless possibility, unpredictability, confusion; a vast richness ) rather than surfing in the chemtrail of conservative mainstream poetry traditions; being stuck in a time-warp.
Read the interview in full here.