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Smoking With Cami Park

(Read the Story) March 15, 2005

Cami Park

Art by Marty D. Ison

I’m hearing a poetic voice and seeing a poetic vision and feelin’ that poetic imagery all throughout this piece. Is “poetry” something you purposely infuse into your flashes?

It’s not purposeful, it’s just what happens. I like it, though.

Can it be said that “water” is the central character of this flash? Or is that just crazy talk?

I don’t know if it’s a character, but it’s a common medium that ties these stories together, just like in real life water is a medium common to all forms of life.

The counter-pointed stories of this flash demand that the reader engage with the stories and find the connecting threads. So how can you be sure the reader gets it? Or am I way off base for even asking?

I don’t mind if the reader gets anything or not, I didn’t consciously set out to make that happen. I’m just happy if they like what they read. That, I can never be sure of.

Love the “phase changes” structure. How’d that idea get formed?

I had the idea to try to write a story in list format, and I settled on developing something around the three phases of water. I wasn’t sure of it at first, but I think it worked out quite nicely.

The word is you never ever write in bed. Need to hear much more about that.

Actually, I do write in bed, sometimes on paper, but I never, ever write at the kitchen table. That’s just rude.

About the Author

Cami Park does most of her writing at a desk, some of it in bed, but none of it, ever, at the kitchen table. The results can be seen in past, current, and/or future publications of SmokeLong Quarterly, Forklift, Ohio, Prairiedog 13, No Tell Motel, and Outsider Ink.

About the Artist

A native of Ohio, Marty D. Ison lives with his wife transplanted in the sands of the Gulf of Mexico. He studied fine arts at Saint Petersburg College. In addition to the visual arts, he writes poetry, short stories, and novels. See more of Ison’s work here.

This interview appeared in Issue Eight of SmokeLong Quarterly.
SmokeLong Quarterly Issue Eight

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