interview series

Interview Series- Robin McNamara

Have words will sell for bread of inspiration.Now have bread will sell to nearest publisher. 

When / why did you start writing poetry? – answers in adjectives

In my 20s 

A calling from a higher awareness 

Best medium for my creativity 

Sorrow and sadness

To inspire 

How do you write a poem? – answer in five verbs. 

The poem writes me 

With the help of music

The beautiful muse inspires me

In one sitting then edit later

Some poems are fermented for months like fine wine

What is your definition of what experimental poetry is? 

It’s about taking poetry to another sensory level using visual, touch, sound. Taking the reader out of their comfort zone and being freed from the restrictiveness of rhyme and meter. If you look at the cubism movement of the early 20th century pioneered by Picasso and Braque they elevated painting to another dimension, by changing the way artists painted. This early 21st century is perhaps doing the same for poetry. I would like to see someone create a sculpture of a poem, the mind boggles at endless possibilities of a hybrid poem/statue and what it would look like. Maybe this will be the next challenge for my sculptor friend, Ian Pollock! 

Have you done many interviews before? Do you find them repetitive? Repetitive? Repetitive?

Nah, I enjoy doing them. It’s enjoyable to be able to give your thoughts on writing and to share with others how you came to be a poet. I’m currently doing three others for various blogs. Essentially they are poetic related interviews and I don’t give much away about who I am personally. I’m doing them because I’m promoting my debut pamphlet Under A Mind’s Staircase. 

What’s a favorite snack you like when poet-ing?

Tayto, Chocolate & Coca-Cola. This also goes for movies and any programs on telly.

What are you kinda obsessed by?

Writing poetry. 

Do you tell your social circle about your poet-ing?


“Oh have you heard my poem got published!

Social circle:


So basically no!

How do you rebel?

Within my poetry. 

Tell me a literary / science fact or joke, please.     

You can have two writers jokes:

What’s it like to be an aspiring writer? It’s difficult to put into words.

How many writers does it take to change a light bulb? Fuck you, I’m not changing anything!

What’s your fav colour, poet, snack. (this is your pen name!)

Yellow Frost Crisp 

Robin McNamara is an Irish poet from Waterford City, Republic of Ireland. He has over 150 poems published worldwide. His newly released chapbook, Under A Mind’s Staircase is published by Hedgehog Poetry Press, UK. Signed copies are available direct from the author. Limited number of copies remaining:

By Michelle Moloney King

Artist. Poetish.