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Lee Nelson

Long story short, I've always written as a hobby.  It's about the only aspiration in life that has stuck for all my years, and now I'm getting to where I'm interested in taking my hobby a step further.  My interests include short stories, one novel in progress, one screenplay in progress (the novel has been inspired by the writing complications brought on by the screenplay), and poetry. My poetry presently dominates all my other projects because it seems to come easier to me than anything else, and I think we can all agree that one should never argue with their muse. As for literary influences, the man proves to be pretty polarizing, but my hero among heroes has always been Charles Bukowski. He was an unrepentant asshole, but he was just that good if you ask me.  But I have lots of influences.  Lots and lots.  If I was to cherry pick some others...Larry Brown, David Ignatow, Andre Dubus, and of course Ernest Hemingway. As for women, Sandra Cisneros, Anne Sexton, Virginia Woolf, and Zadie Smith.  

I aspire to tell relatable human stories. I simply try to go deep. I want my pieces to be "big, deep scoops" of relatable life experiences, if that makes sense. I've been accused more than once of being too melancholy, and I heartily agree.  I'm always trying to improve that end.

As you know, I'm a veteran and I've been a nurse for seventeen years. My wife and I own a deli: Lakeside Deli And More in West Irondequoit. If you read "My Wife," this explains the "deli dress" assertion and the mention of cold cuts, a part of the poem that I personally enjoy, but understand that I need to remove because it's a total loss on any reader.

Read one of his poems at: A Poem, Vanity Too, The Children, Organ Harvest, Vanity

 

 

 

 

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