The first time I read this interview I just wanted to cry. J.W. Taylor gets very intimate in this exchange with regards to his life, personal struggles and ways of overcoming life’s adversities. His story is one of perseverance regardless of how dark things became in his life. That really should be a lesson to those out there who think life is difficult and not worth living. It’s life, there will always be something that desires to drag you down into the depths of despair when one feels as though everyone or everything is against them and J.W. has decided to look at the light and try to do his best rather than give up. For more information on J.W. Taylor give him a follow on Instagram @wayland.taylor .
RMMW: We all must deal with our own inner critic; how do you contend with yours?
JWT: So a lot of people struggle with self doubt, self-consciousness, I find that the best way to deal with these things is to look at it as constructive criticism from the self. The subconscious within us, our souls, spirits, or if you want to climb higher up the ladder of mysticism, spirit guides, all these things will push you to do better with your works, or your life. You don’t contend with your mind or your thoughts, you use them.
RMMW: Have you ever been creatively blocked? If yes, how did you overcome it?
JWT: There are few times when I become blocked. My best answer to this is, you can’t force it. If you remember, growing up, trying to call over a puppy or kitten and someone tells you to let it come. It’s the same idea, you let those things happen, you don’t force creativity because then it’s not creativity, it’s a ritualistic process. Things will come to pass, patience and an understanding of who you are is the answer.
RMMW: Do you have any artist rituals before starting a new piece?
JWT: Music, always music. The greatest cornerstone of our lives will and always will be music. It inspires whole groups of people, uniting them under one sound. If I want to fuel my writing, other than letting it come, I listen to something that sets me in the right mood for the right poem or work.
RMMW: What is your favourite poem written by you?
JWT: I won’t say my favorite, all of my works are mine, I can’t pick one that I enjoy more than the others. However, I’d say it would be my first one. The first poem that broke me into writing. I’d lost it for some time, but now that I found it, I guess I can put it here.
‘I found myself in the Abyssal Darkness, an apical of the best, and worst solitude accompanied with the greatest company in all my existence.
It was there in the embrace of that eternal Cimmerian Shade I was held aback from the masses of lies strewn out before me like the earth, masked as reality.
And here in the comforting darkness, my celestial oblivion; I fortify, I exist, and I cease by that which I fear, and I accept.
My demise & my home’
RMMW: What do you feel is the writer's role in today's society?
JWT: To feel, to touch, and to change. Writing is downplayed as a hobby, but our works are what inspire others. Alan Watts, William Earnest Henley, Charles Bukowski, all of these are the poets who inspired me.
RMMW: Who are you favourite indie poets?
JWT: Hands down? K. Towne Jr. I relate to his writing, and in one of my favorites by him he also references Bukowski’s work.
RMMW: What is your work schedule like when you are writing?
JWT: I work long hours at a steam plant, shoveling coal. I wake up early and get off at three. The rest of my afternoons are given to either friends, family, or my thoughts.
RMMW: What inspires you?
JWT: Is it okay if I get personal? All throughout my high school life I was the black sheep screw up, I was casted out, and as a result I got into some things I shouldn’t have. I was very self aware of my weight. One day that changed, I lost eighty pounds, graduated, joined the marine corps reserves. I found the love of my life.
I had life in my hands, and I messed up. I was kicked out of my parent’s house, I was homeless, so I left the marines with an OTH. Lived in a car for a month with my fiancé. Life was hell, things started turning around, here recently, she had a miscarriage.
Life is rough. When you don’t have enough money to get married, you get looked down on in the Bible Belt.
There’s a light in every darkness. No matter how bad the story gets, you just stand, keep walking tall, and you never back down. It helps to see the good in the bad, and for people who go through bad everyday, my works are for them.
I have a book I’m working on, “Meditations of a Cruel Corpse in a Burning Forest.” It sounds dark and edgy at first. However, it’s about the ancient nature of man clashing with the modern man. I would spare nothing in saying that I’m not a man of the modern, I prefer the old. All the same I prefer the Good over the Bad, no matter how surrounded by bad I may be.
RMMW: At what age did you first start writing?
JWT: Poetry was when I was 16, before that I’d always love to write short stories. Occasionally tried my hand in novels or series, I still have many of my old projects left over, including screen writings of mine that I never finished.
RMMW: What do you think good poetry ought do?
RMMW: What did you enjoy reading as a child?
JWT: Mythology, ancient religions and cultures were fascinating to me, especially Mayan and Aztec civilization. I also enjoyed some good Warhammer 40k.
RMMW: If you had a superpower what would it be?
JWT: That’s a fun little question, the ability to change matter. I always go back to the Watchmen, a great movie that humanizes superhero movies. Dr. Manhattan is one of the greatest characters on the show and with his one ability he has the potential to do so many things.