Who Are You? Jonny Fluffypunk.


The Poetry Can Questionaire


Name: JONNY FLUFFYPUNK /Jon Seagrave

Year of Birth: 1969

Place of Birth: In a cottage hospital in Chalfont St Giles, a few doors down from where Milton wrote Paradise Lost


In no more than six lines please describe what you do in “the poetry world.”

I write words. Some of it I call poetry; other people might disagree. Other bits are micro-fiction and other bits might be what my publisher called ‘threadbare philosophy’. I’m not really bothered if people think it’s poetry or not. I spend a lot of my time saying the words out loud to people on stages all over the place and have a wonderful time doing it.


Where do you live now?



What puts a genuine smile on your face?

My children (every day); The Orbiting Human Circus Of The Air podcast (today).


What keeps you awake at night?

Worrying what Geoffrey Hill would think of me.


Which living poet do you most admire? 

Ones with imagination and thoughtfulness and a disinterest in rules. Six names I like today: Luke Kennard. Rob Auton. Tim Key. Crispin Best. Alabaster dePlume. John Osborne. It’ll be different tomorrow.


Which dead poet do you most admire?

Ivor Cutler and Hovis Presley. Both are immortal.


What irritates you most about yourself?

Procrastination and a complete lack of business sense.


What irritates you most about others?

Their use of earphones.


What has been your finest hour?

Being told to wash my mouth out by Prince Charles


What’s your favourite album / CD?

It varies day to day. Today it is In The Aeroplane Over The Sea by Neutral Milk Hotel.
Yesterday it was Jesus’ Blood Has Never Failed Me Yet by Gavin Bryars.


What’s your favourite indulgence? 

Primitive audio equipment and records.


What was the last film you saw at the cinema?

The last Star Wars one.


Politically, do you swing to the Left or to the Right?

I don’t swing. I lean.


What is your favourite poem?

I genuinely don’t know. It changes constantly.


Where would you most like to go on holiday? 

British Rail Longsight Diesel Depot, Manchester, 1983


If you ran the Arts Council what would you really want to do?



Do you like shopping in malls?

Shopping makes me want to wash my hands.


Least favourite kind of art event to go and see?

A poetry reading.


How often do you write poetry? 

Either every day or not at all. It comes and goes in phases. I don’t fight it. I’ll spend some weeks building stuff out of wood instead; then the words come back.


How often do you read poetry?

Every day and every where. Sometimes even in poetry books.


What single thing would make your artistic life easier?

New pens. Sorry, pen.


Where do you want to be this time next year?

Doing a show in someone’s living room. The best place.


Do you believe in life after a bad gig?

Of course. Unless you don’t believe in learning.


Do you believe in life after death?

Depends on how imminent it feels.


How would you like to be remembered by the poetry world? 

Grudgingly, if at all.


Find out more about Jonny at his website: www.jonnyfluffypunk.co.uk



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