Michael Lee Johnson is a poet from Itasca, Illinois who lived 10 years in Canada during the Vietnam era. His work has been published in 27 countries. His published poetry books are available through his site as well as Amazon.Com, Borders Books, and Lulu.com. He has over 101 poetry videos on YouTube.
Michael Lee Johnson, Itasca, IL. nominated for 2 Pushcart Prize awards for poetry 2015 and Best of the Net poetry 2016. Michael Lee Johnson, Editor, "Moonlight Dreamers of Yellow Haze" poetry, Amazon.com http://www.amazon.com/dp/1530456762
His poems "Kansas" and "Mexican Street Children" appeared in theSummer 2011 issue of The Battered Suitcase.
Michael Lee, when did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
I have been scribbling at paper and later restaurant napkins (while in Canada referred to as serviettes) since I was 16 or 17 years old. When I was about 11 or 12 walking toward the wooded area in rural South Bend, Indiana, I "saw an Easter bunny" that I was convinced that it was as tall as the telephone pole it was beside. Before I understood that completely, I wanted to write about it, long before I really knew what writing was about? Due to a severe disease as a youth, I barely made it through grades two, three, and four in grade school, thus missing basic phonics, grammar, and syntax. So I have struggle throughout my life with these elements of writing. I also failed creative writing class in university. Fortunately, my conceptual skills and imagistic mind, coupled with the eccentricities of poetry have allowed me to survive these shortcomings.
Why do you write? Why not?
I think it has something to do with life experiences and interpretations of those experiences, plus locating where my conceptual and imagistic ability derive from: right or left hemisphere of the brain.
What books or stories have most influenced you the most as a writer?
Most are above, but I would say over all the influence and astonishment of acts in the Bible by Jesus Christ, and the promises there within.
What does your family think of your writing?
I have very little family to share with anymore, most are in heaven with their wings or roasting their pitchforks in hot ashes. I share my works with fellow small press editors, local long term friends, and drive acquaintances nutty with the occasional email−most remember poetry as their most contemptible subject, this included me when only the “Masters” were read.
Do you have any writing quirks or rituals?
Yes. Knowing full well of my numerous shortcoming, swearing, impulsive behaviors, sometime difficult to get along with, I read the following to start each day:
Today there is peace within me.
I trust God, revealed through Jesus Christ,
that I am exactly where I am meant to be.
I have given this control of my life over to God,
through Jesus Christ,
(all the fears, anxieties, self-doubts)
and taken it away from myself.
This is the gift of faith.
His presence and healing
settles in my bones.
It is basically recognizing and realizing there is more to life than me.
Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
That is simple: my life time struggle with phonics, grammar, and syntax.
What are you planning for future projects?
A long term project is to gather all my initial works with all the new ones hitting the market now plus many not exposed to small press yet, collecting them all into a large book of poetry likely called “Electric in the Sun.”
*Special note: A poetry site can be found by this name now-still working on the book: http://electricinthesun.blogspot.com/
Where can we view other poetry sites edited my Michael Lee Johnson, video's, and social media sites?
Michael Lee Johnson is publisher and editor of 11 poetry flash fiction sites listed below–all presently open for submissions; he is published in 27 different countries:
Websites Edited my Michael Lee Johnson
My Website: http://poetryman.mysite.com/
Michael Lee Johnson Now Has Over 90 Videos On YouTube, Click This Link & View The Video Of Your Choice: https://www.youtube.com/user/poetrymanusa
Facebook Poetry Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/807679459328998/
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