Marian Kent is a woman who chooses her words carefully. I discovered that the first time I clicked on her site. After reading just a few of the beautiful poems she’d written, I was hooked.
Her writing is spare, clean; her words unwasted. Her poetry covers the spectrum of subjects—children, love, family—all written with the deft hand of a poet who knows the importance of each word in forming thought.
I’ve learned a lot from Marian simply by reading her poems and was thrilled to get an autographed copy of her book. You can too!
Please welcome the lovely Marian Kent and learn more about how she plays with words.
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Who is Marian?
By day, Marian Kent is a lawyer, a schmoozer, and a do-gooder. At heart, she is a purveyor of pretty words, an interpreter of dreams who flies by night. Prone to hyperbole and shrieking in ALL CAPS, Marian eats far too much cake. Marian writes poetry and stories from western Massachusetts, where she lives with her husband and two children. You can find a great quantity of Marian’s writing at her website, www.runawaysentence.com.
Threads of love mixed with pain weave through a vivid tapestry of natural beauty in Marian Kent’s first collection of short-form poetry. Responsive Pleading travels the seasons, making a bold statement about connection and loss, beauty and family in the modern world.
ALL CAPS PUBLISHING (ebook or autographed print copy)
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Inside Marian’s Mind
What is your idea of perfect happiness? Lying in bed in my old man’s arms, reading my Stephen King book with my kids and the cat snuggled up close, everyone sleeping but me. The cat’s name, by the way, is “The Cat.” (Don’t worry, there’s an X-rated version of this response that does not involve kids, cats, reading, or sleeping.)
What turns you on creatively? Sometimes I like collaborating, riffing back and forth with other writers. Sometimes I riff off my own words. I like creating ambitious goals for myself, challenging myself, and then rising to the challenge. Witnessing what’s around me and interpreting it all in words is a big turn-on. Being and seeing.
Which words or phrases do you most overuse? I write about flying a lot, so much so that I’m half-considering calling my next volume of poetry More Poems About Flying. There are words I overuse, as well, and I have to check myself. Is that true for everyone? I was mortified to realize that I have two different poems in Responsive Pleading using the word “cacophony.” And I don’t even really like that word. I guess maybe my reliance on that word provides a peek into the atmosphere I work in–raucous, cacophonous, life with kids.
[Eden] Funny, I don’t like “cacophony” either, such a harsh word.
What quality do you most admire in a man or woman? I’m a big communicator, so I strive to, and expect others to, talk straight with me–you know, to be direct. And as so many people are indirect, I’m always pleased and admire directness in others. Also, self-confidence is sexy, even bordering on cockiness, in both men and women. I like a little swagger.
What is your greatest regret? I always used to say I had no regrets. Generally, I think regret, like guilt, comes from a negative place and that energy is better spent creating goodness. But with age, experience, having more to lose, I guess, I’ve learned about regret. I wrote this on the subject:
|mother of god
[Eden] Love this, Marian.
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? I’d have a smooth, satiny, youthful, olive-y complexion.
What is your greatest fear? Not a very unique fear, but I worry about something happening to harm my kids or to take them or my old man away from me. And I worry about them should something happen to me. Oh and also, I have a strong and relentless fish hook phobia.
Which living person do you most admire? Ralph Nader, for his pure brilliance and goodly righteousness.
What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? Aside from wishing writing to be my main avocation, if I had it to do over, I’d be a high school civics teacher.
If you could choose what to come back as, what would it be? I’d rather answer the question “If you could choose a superpower, what would it be?” And my answer is, unequivocally: FLYING.
What do you consider your greatest achievement? The obvious and true answer is giving birth to and raising two sensitive and curious kids. But I’m also quite proud of my writing and of the community I’ve managed to build up (and am continuing to grow and nurture) in connection with it.
my blog: runaway sentence.
my new collection of poems, Responsive Pleading
my publishing empire, er, collective: ALL CAPS PUBLISHING
What is the trait you most deplore in others? Deplore is a mighty strong word, but I’m no fan of passive-aggressiveness. Nor do I enjoy lethargy.
What is your greatest extravagance? I drive a rather muscle-y car that’s a bit beyond our means. But I feel totally boss driving it.
What is one thing you want to do before you die? I want to cash it all in and hit the road with my family, traveling and living and writing in an RV.
What is your favorite music (genre/artist/album/song)? Hard to answer! I’m very music-oriented and love many genres and artists. My favorite album of all time is Imperial Bedroom by Elvis Costello. A favorite song is “From Now On” by Charlie Chesterman. Some favorite artists include They Might Be Giants, John Hartford, Patti Smith, and The Cars.
What are some of your favorite curse words? I curse a lot, often in ALL CAPS. But jesus christ on a bike, I’m most fond of creative cursing.
What is your motto? Use your words!
Thank you Marian, I certainly will use my words!
Readers, please say “hi” and leave a comment for this poetic and beautiful woman.
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