Blending Flash Fiction & Art
Interview with Alessio Zanelli
David Copperfield, I think, or maybe Cuore (Heart), by Edmondo De Amicis. I was a child, either 7 or 8.
Who are your go-to writers when you need something to read on holiday?
Milan Kundera, maybe.
Why write flash fiction?
Alessio, being Italian by birth, what lead you to write in English?
Later I began writing my first poems, even though I didn’t submit any work to journals until around the year 2000. And here I am today, with nearly 1,000 poems and a few flash fiction pieces published in some 180 literary magazines around the world, and 5 collections published in the USA and the UK. By the way, I adopted the American spelling, vocabulary and usage from the very beginning, which my English wife (also a poet) is not very happy about.
No worries there, in Canada we flip back and forth between the two all the time. Recently so many of us have been working through new routines and I'm curious about how it has affected your writing, for example, how much time do you devote to writing?
A lot. I earn my living as a financial advisor, but I devote to writing nearly as much time. I happen to write (which also includes jotting down quick notes for future development) anytime and anyplace (I can pick up my phone to type something even at the dead of night).
Well that answers my pen, pencil or phone question doesn't it. Okay, last one, so lets go deceptively simple, what is the purpose of writing?
This is the mother of all questions to any author. I don’t have an answer for that, I find writing instinctive, so I borrow three, from three completely different perspectives, from the many giants of English literature:
1) What’s the purpose of writing if not that of being read? George Bernard Shaw
2) We don’t write in order to be understood; we write in order to understand. Cecil Day Lewis
3) It is difficult to get the news from poems yet men die miserably every day for lack of what is found there. William Carlos Williams
Well nothing from me can follow that, thank you Alessio.
Alessio Zanelli is an Italian poet who writes in English and whose work has appeared in over 180 literary journals from 16 countries including, in Canada, The Nashwaak Review, Existere and Vallum. His fifth original collection, titled The Secret Of Archery, was published in 2019 by Greenwich Exchange (London). For more information please visit www.alessiozanelli.it.
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