“I don’t tell my co-workers I write. I don’t tell people when I first meet them. If they find out later, that’s cool, but I don’t go around telling people, ‘I’m a poet.’ A lot of people online know I write. I think that’s where a lot of my readers come from.” Despite a rich literary heritage LA is not a city popularly associated with poetry; Bukowski is its most obvious laureate, but soon after the trail runs cold. Meraz confirms this. “I really don’t associate personally with a lot of writers, except online. In my personal life, there are only the women I hang out with, my co-workers, and my family.” But this is the business end of poetry; Meraz has little time for networking. His commitment remains to the work. “Writing, intrinsically, is a solitary business. And that’s one of the things I love about it. I don’t need anyone to write, just a laptop and me.” He pauses, before confiding. “I am still trying to write that sentence that will solve everything.”
Richard Kovitch interviews Mike Meraz.