Artists Spotlight: Patrick Moore

Learn more about Illinois based writer and Iron Lung Press writer, Patrick Moore!

Can you tell us a little about yourself?

I'm Patrick Moore or just Rick for short. Born and raised in Elgin, IL and currently reside in Crystal Lake IL. Most of my life has just been a long  string of bad love, fickle people, terrible jobs and everything gone wrong, jet-fueled by booze, smoke, psychedelics and music. I like to play my guitar and bass, listen to vinyl and watch horror movies. I'm the author of the book Slightly Torn Pages of the Loose Hands of a Madman. And I love my two kids and my wife, who have been nothing but supportive towards anything I do.

When did you realize you wanted to be a writer?

I never really had an interest in writing throughout my entirety and I didn't just wake up one day and decide that I wanted to be a writer either. It's like, writing chose me in this unexplained way and the mechanism of writing exposed itself to me when I was 33, of which, I felt was too late for me to start writing but thankfully, the crazy insane life I once lived has helped with an outpour of poems and stories and I haven't been able to stop since.

What writers inspire you?

Charles Bukowski, Kurt Vonnegut, Arthur Rimbaud, William Burroughs, Hunter S Thompson, Albert Camus, Catullus, Francis Villon, Dylan Thomas,, John Dos Passos, Allen Ginsburg, Li Po, Hayden Carruth, Kim Addonzio, Sherwood Anderson, Knut Hamsun, William Saroyan just to name a few.

We all love the classics, but are there modern writers that you are into?

Yes, Dave Matthes being one of many, I recently read his books Ejaculation and An Anvil by Night, A Hammer at Dawn and he's like, the Buffalo Bill's tuck job of poetry. Christopher Flakus' chapbook Chistiana was absolutely phenomenal, with enough bug juice that guy could be Burroughs successor. Marc Bruseke's book Get it Back to Give it Away had me drunk on wine and past out in my front lawn and of course, Arthur J Willhelm's blast fiction books Kitchen Beers and You can't make an Honest Woman out of a Stripper were perfectly executed with simplicity that I, myself would one day like to accomplish. I know there are so many more out there that I'm forgetting.

What are your favorite books as of late?

Matt Stokoe- Cows

Iain Banks- The Wasp Factory

Chuck Palahniuk- Haunted

Charles Bukowski- Roominghouse Madrigals 

William Burroughs- Naked Lunch 

Ernest Hemingway- The Sun Also Rises

Aldous Huxley- Brave New World

Jack Kerouac- Big Sur

Franz Kafka- Metaphorsis

For those not familiar with your work, how would you describe your writing?

I could only describe my writing as a walking, living, breathing, shit-grinning, smoking, drinking, pissing, mother fucking Frankenstein's monster...And what I mean by that is, I could take, let's say this interview, a conversation I had with a drunk at a bar 9 years ago, a bad childhood memory, a scene from a movie, lyrics from some random punk band and a few good lines out of a book and sew them all together, piece by piece to form the body of writing with my own style and a braid of lament, poignancy and authenticity that I slap down on paper and shove into the faces of those who are shocked and appalled by the hard truths of a world they blanket their children and themselves from.

Any upcoming projects? Features?

Yes, quite a bit actually.

In progress, my second full-length poetry book- Slightly Torn Pages From the Loose Hands of a Madman vol. 2 put out by Iron Lung Press (@ironlungpress), also my fourth chapbook Poorly Written Poems, Gently Read by the Onslaught of a Shoe Shine Boy put out by Analog Submission Press (@analogsubmissionpress), I'll be published in two magazines- The Bayou Review (@chrismugwump) also Paper and Ink Zine (@paperandinkzine) and one of poems was just featured in a song called Big Bad by NoahMotion (@noahmotionmusic). Currently, I have another full-length poetry book ready to be published entitled Wandering and Wondering Somewhere Between the Sidewalks and the Blue. In the future, I'm working on a collection of short stories I've been writing and hopefully one day, I'll be able to work up to a novel.

Any Words you'd like to end this interview with?

As it is the end, always will be- "if you're the drunkest one at the bar, you're at the wrong bar."