Sunday, 16 March 2014

A Deep & Gorgeous Thirst

Hosho McCreesh

About the Author:

Hosho McCreesh is currently writing and painting in the gypsum and caliche badlands of the American Southwest. He has work appearing widely in print, audio, and online. Books available from Alternating Current, Artistically Declined Press, Bottle of Smoke Press, Mary Celeste Press, sunnyoutside, and Orange Alert Press.

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A Deep & Gorgeous Thirst


A 300+ page magnum opus of “drunken poetry” from Artistically Declined Press.


"A Deep & Gorgeous Thirst is for anyone who's ever had a drinking buddy -- and who hasn't? A perfect elegy to the illusions and delusions of alcohol. A book to be tasted and savored.”

                                    —Mark SaFranko, author of Hating Olivia, and No Strings

“These may be the best (and certainly the most) drinking poems I’ve read in twenty years (which, coincidentally, was when I stopped writing them myself, because I’d stopped drinking).   Hosh has colloquial dialogue (and monologue) down as close to perfect as it can get, and there’s a highly congenial tone to it all, no matter what stage of the bottle(s) the revelers find themselves.  Great fun for all.  And no morning-after…for the reader!”

                                    —Gerald Locklin, author The Case Of The Missing Blue Volkswagen

Hosho McCreesh’s new sweeping poetry collection, A Deep and Gorgeous Thirst, is, on the surface, about booze and bars and drinking a lot, something the speakers in Hosho’s poems know something about. But what’s beneath the surface is what counts. The people in these sly, funny, often heartbreaking poems know that a bar is never just a bar, a drink is never just a drink. These are poems about being human, the heartbreak and joy and horror of all that. McCreesh -- like the great Joseph Mitchell (see McSorley’s Wonderful Saloon), John Fante (Brotherhood of the Grape), and of course Charles Bukowski – knows that the truth comes up when illusions of control come down.”

                                     — Lori Jakiela, author The Bridge to Take When Things Get Serious

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Author Interview

1.  Do you believe that writing is about "Inspiration and not perspiration"?
Neither. Or, rather, both. Neither one will get the job done by itself. You need ideas -- tons of ideas -- for everything from how characters act and think, to the underlying themes of your work. That's "inspiration" -- the kind of stuff that comes to you in those lucid moments before sleep. Then, once you have those rough building blocks, you have to put in the work to make sure the hunk of granite you've written actually communicates what you intended. And that's the craft. Knowing when to stop -- well that's divine!

2. Which force drives you, motivates you to push yourself harder and farther?
I am motivated by all the terrific writing and writers I've read. They're magic -- to arrange words on a page that, when re-read, suddenly grip you with a profound human truth -- this feeling that the writer felt what you've felt, and so neither of you are alone. Bukowski, Henry Miller, John Fante, Carson McCullers, Issa, Li Po -- decades and centuries ago they turned thought into phrase...and all we have to do is filter it through our brains and we can sit right there with them. That's amazing.

3. Is writing your goal, passion or just a hobby?
Writing is a thing I do to give my life some meaning, and to help me understand the world, and myself. And when people get something out of it -- it brings the magic back full circle.

4. What are your best and worst experiences in Publication Industry?
After 17 years in the small press, I don't think there are "bests" and "worsts" anymore. Everyone involved in the small press deeply loves what they do. They have to -- there are very few reasons to go on when things get rough. The worst thing, I suppose, has been ambition -- my own ambitions. They sap your strength, and convince you that nothing is good enough. But put enough whiskey on it, and the bastard changes his tune -- suddenly you can do no wrong! Ambition is not to be trusted.

5. Who is your ultimate guide?
Well, I'm not sure how to answer that. We'll say it's an image I have of myself, years from now, as a wild-haired old Walt Whitman-esque kind of madman. Yeah, that's probably it. 

6. Do you believe that every writer needs a "Day Job"?
 I tried like hell to live without a day job...and no, you certainly don't need one. But unless you were born to the purple, the financial realities of simple survival can become a goddamned death-trap...and having a way to keep a roof, and beer in a fridge has its merits. Having a job and not having a job are exactly like having a lottery ticket and not having one: come Monday morning, it's always the same. 


Rating: 3.5/5

I love Poetry. I want to be a Poet. I know people believe Poetry is dying and is just ain't worth pursuing, it's better to write stories and novels because that's what everyone reads. If that's you then this one is not for you. If that's you but you wanna change it, give this a try. Though I am strictly against alcohol, the poems takes the readers on a journey of various snapshots of life all connected by the Divine Drink. Unlike Harivansh Rai Bachchan's 'Madhushala' that gets you drunk on words, 'A Deep & Gorgeous Thirst' jolts you out of haze. In a dark, melancholy, black and white sharpness the thirst of life and loss is celebrated.

Arushi Raj 

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