34. Remixing Poetry w/ Dan Dissinger

In Episode 34, we turn the interview on the host! Tune in to hear Dan break down his journey as a photographer, poet, and professor. Afterward, be sure to check out his performance of Remix Poetix @Inspired Word (Astoria, NY)!

People, Texts, and Places Mentioned in the Episode

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“There are people in my poems, but everyone’s ambiguous. It’s also much more on a micro level, like capturing a body part or capturing a moment on the body or capturing a moment from the past or the future or the present and staying on it and using, sometimes, the page where there might be a small block of text, and that might act like a photograph.” @ddissinger

“I like silence, so a lot of the times when I’m reading in person, I’ll purposely stop in the middle of the poem…to then just sit in this moment of silence, to hear if I can hear the silence in the room. I want to hook the audience in. If I hear that silence, I know that they’re listening to me.” @ddissinger

“Don’t worry about silence. Sit in it. Let the students feel it.” @ddissinger

“I particularly enjoy that moment where I can softly sit in whatever it is that I’ve created.” @ddissinger

“I lot of how I revise any writing comes from hearing it…If I can’t read it out loud comfortably, then I’ve done something wrong writing it.” @ddissinger

“[Hip hop] helps me understand the way a word’s going to feel to say.” @ddissinger

“I also do this thing…called Remix Poetix, where I have all my poems in binders…Taking inspiration from DJ culture and that idea of digging through the crates, I would take my binders and think: what if they were turntables? What would happen if I took what I had and created an improvised poem?” @ddissinger

This episode was recorded on November 2. Because we recorded via Zoom, there may be occasional audio hiccups. Our theme song is “4 am” by Makaih Beats. You can subscribe to the podcast on Apple PodcastsSpotify, and Stitcher and follow us on Twitter @WritingRemixPod.

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