Introducing Ken Allan Dronsfield
Ken Allan Dronsfield is a published poet and author originally from New Hampshire, now residing in Oklahoma. He loves thunderstorms, walking in the woods at night, and spending time with his cats Merlin and Willa. He is the co-editor of the poetry anthology titled, Moonlight Dreamers of Yellow Haze available at Amazon.com. His published work can be found in reviews, journals, magazines and anthologies throughout the web and in print venues including: The Burningword Journal, Indiana Voice Journal, The Literary Hatchet Magazine, Belle Reve Journal, Peeking Cat Magazine, The Australia Times, Bewildering Stories, Aquill Relle, Members Anthology, Book 6, Literature Today, Volume 5, Poetic Melodies and Imperfect Paths Anthologies by Creative Talents Unleashed, Birdsong Anthology Vol 1, Voices of Humanity, Vol 2 Anthology, and others. Ken’s poetry has been nominated for Best of the Net for 2016.
Interview – Book: The Cellaring
Creative Talents Unleashed: Hi Ken Allan Dronsfield, thank you for agreeing to this interview.
Ken: Hello, thank you so much for having me!
Creative Talents Unleashed: Tell us a little about yourself and your background?
Ken: I was born in the 50’s and was brought up in New Hampshire in a small town along the Atlantic coast called Hampton. As a young kid I worked on my Uncles lobster boat almost every afternoon and weekend. I was basically attuned to nature, hunting, baseball, football, fishing, hiking, camping, etc. When I was not outside, I used to love to read. Mostly just short paperback books, but I enjoyed them immensely.
Creative Talents Unleashed: So when did you fall in love with poetry or writing in general, when did you decide this life was for you? Tell us a bit about that discovery process.
Ken: I guess it was around 12 or 13 years old, I got a guitar and after teaching myself the chords, I decided to write my own songs. So my writing career began with song lyrics, then progressed to short stories and finally has culminated into poetry. After serving two tours in the military, I started driving long haul trucks and used to write poetry during down times. I was diagnosed with an illness that precluded me driving commercial vehicles so I retired from professional driving. I then started writing full time…..mostly Inspirational pieces for 4 or 5 different Facebook Pages on a daily basis.
Creative Talents Unleashed: Why do you write, what is it that you’re trying to communicate through your work?
Ken: I write because I need to. It’s in my heart! I guess basically I’ve got a lot to say, and I do it by writing. Albeit, a day in the woods, a walk along a beach, watching a cat in the yard…..there’s always a poem, a story, a few lines out there that need to be expressed….
Creative Talents Unleashed: Where does your inspiration come from, what might inspire you at any moment to write a story or poem?
Ken: Truthfully, almost anything. I’m especially drawn to nature; a brook, stream, pond, animals, etc…
Creative Talents Unleashed: What was the hardest thing about writing your book?
Ken: I truly believe it was getting off my ass and putting it all together. To talk to those who have published books and see what works for me.
Creative Talents Unleashed: What was the easiest thing about writing your book?
Ken: Trying to decide which of the 80 poems to include in my book out of the 300 I had ready to go.
Creative Talents Unleashed: There are many authors who say that in the process of writing a book you learn things about yourself. Did you learn anything in your book writing process about yourself, if so what?
Ken: Yes, I did…..I learned to take my time putting it all together….
Creative Talents Unleashed: What in your view is the role or responsibility of a writer or poet, if there is any?
Ken: Be open to and answer questions by those just starting out writing and looking to get their poems published. Never EVER tolerate plagiarism by anyone.
Creative Talents Unleashed: What are your ambitions as a writer, where do you hope to see yourself in say 5 years?
Ken: To keep writing, keep publishing books….In five years I hope to have another 5 to 6 books published. And would love to have ONE poem published in POETRY, Chicago by then. lol
Creative Talents Unleashed: Who is your favorite writer or poet? Perhaps you have a favorite quote from them that you would like to share.
Ken: My favorite Writer/Poet is Edgar Allan Poe….
“Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night.”
Creative Talents Unleashed: What advice would you give to aspiring writers who have dreams of publishing or making writing a career choice?
Ken: Number 1 – Don’t quit your day job….the pay is most certainly miniscule. But honestly, talk to those who have published poems, stories, etc. When you see acceptances post by others, go to the website listed and check out the Submission Guidelines, follow them to the letter and send your best. Don’t get discouraged if you get the rejection. Take your time and keep persevering….you will get published sooner or later…..
Excerpt from the book: The Cellaring
Of the Deeper Wood
A madness descends upon one who attends
the clock on the wall after those who recall
in the hiding or seeking and soft squeaking
in a dilapidated cottage of the deeper wood.
Harlequin colors within an irrational swirling
find a mind spinning in the haze of red wine
and I can’t find my way through night or day
blinded by the tock, as the tick seeks to rock.
Standing there bare, while the cat’s on the chair
dizzy and fading while the clock sings a sonnet.
Feeling no pain within a numbness of the brain
salvation’s a meal, confined in a maniacs creel.
Dance by the fire, whilst absorbing warm desire
within the fistula of life, a steamy purge of strife
moving with a gallop through the life of a trollop
cast spells in the dark, to a stars reddish quark.
I am whom you think, wasting away in the stink;
listening to “Lunatic Fringe”, on tape in the parlor
readying the knife, I’ll dissect your wretched life
within a dilapidated cottage of the deeper wood.
© Ken Allan Dronsfield
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