Cleveland Public Poetry: Featuring MaxWell Shell, Saturday, September 15, 2018

On Saturday, September 15, from noon to 1:00 p.m., Ohio Center for the Book and Cleveland Public Library invite you to celebrate the changing of the season amidst the readings of written and spoken-word poetry with our special guest reader poet and musician MaxWell Shell. The mic will open for others to read an original or favorite work after a brief Q & A with MaxWell. Free refreshments and snacks provided. Door prizes, too! For more information call the Literature Dept.: 216-623-2881.  We hope that you join us in the Literature Department, Main Library, 2nd FL. Cleveland Public Library is located at 325 Superior Ave.

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Anyone who has met MaxWell or heard him read his works, knows that he is more than just personable, that he has a compelling charm that inspires and delights. His latest book, The World as Love: Collector’s Ed. (2017) is a collection of his “PO Ms,” 2013-2017, that includes images of his drafts, drawings and photos. He is also the author of PO M s (2010). OCFB asked MaxWell to answer some questions about his work. What follows is an excerpt from the interview.  Download the entire Q&A here.

Q & A with Poet MaxWell Shell

OCFB: How old were you when you wrote your first poem, and who or what inspired you to write?

MS: in 5th grade I wrote A poem entitled “too short”. it was part of a class project. it was well received because of its humorous under tones & obvious jesteresque jabs at my height & other shortcomings at such a young age.

OCFB: Your latest book, The World As Love: Collector’s ED, is a collection of poems written 2013-2017. Was it difficult to decide which poems to include?

MS: the collections came thru an organic process. A true labor of love where all original expressions have been left in tact.

OCFB: Your poetry shows an extensive capacity for the English language; your love of the language comes shining through your works. Have you always had a way with words?

MS: in 3rd grade i wrote a short story about a scuba diver & a shark. when my teacher showed the other teachers, they thought she wrote it. I’ve always had the gift.

OCFB: I’ve read that to see the world with complete honesty, one should look to comedians, artists and poets. What do you want readers to take from your work?

MS: I want readers to be refreshed & inspired upon entering & exiting my work. my biggest & best work will AllWays lead people to learning to lead themselves. one by one. individual study is priceless.

OCFB: Any advice for those new to writing poetry?

only write if you feel you have to.
it has to be A necessary evil.
it has to burn inside you until
you have to let it go. to breathe.
to be bold & boldly go & look deeper & deeper is the only way to write
poetry.

 

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