Truth that. It is Poetry Month. And the Nick Ostdick is talking poetry with the BJ Best at the Vol. 1 Brooklyn. So let's hit that shall we? Indeed. Excerpt? Cool.
A dear poet friend of mine often speaks of the idea of
obsession in regards to poets and the subjects of their work—that is,
one idea or theme or object they keep coming back to for further
exploration. Is it fitting to say that video games function as one of
I’m not sure what divides the line between “obsession” and “intense
interest,” but I think video games are the latter for me. Or, if
they’re an obsession, they’re one of several. But I did find video games
fascinating to write about. One reason is simply that they are so
overlooked, and written off as brain-rotting ephemera. But more
importantly, video games—and in particular classic video games—are
flat-out weird, and it’s easy to forget that. What is a Pac-Man, and
why is he haunted by ghosts? The fauna of The Legend of Zelda is
equally nonsensical. And the cool thing is that any of these details can
be a trigger to develop a poem.