Monday, March 3, 2014

10 Questions with...NYC Poet Danny Matos

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Danny Matos will be one of the featured poets in Raining Words: A Spring Poetry Extravaganza on Saturday, April 12 @ The Pomegrante Gallery, produced by 3Po3try NYC (

Native New Yorker Danny Matos is a spoken word poet who began performing in the fall of 2012. Since then, he has featured and performed at various venues and schools throughout New York. In 2013, he was the winner of the $1000 Poetry Idol contest and the co-winner of The Inspired Word Poetry Slam Championship. He believes words and expression give us all a purpose bigger than ourselves, as well as foster one of humanity's most precious needs - a sense of genuine connection to ourselves, each other, and the world at large. He released his first book of poetry late last year, Scratching the Surface. His website can be found @

The following is our quick 10-question interview with Mr. Matos:

What one word describes your writing style?


What's your idea of the perfect poem?

One that is honest.

What's your best writing moment?

When I’m writing just for me.

What's your worst writing moment?

When I catch myself writing for someone else, to please, or placating to others’ expectations of what writing looks life.

If you could steal one line from any poem, what would it be?

Who threw their watches off the roof to cast their ballot for Eternity outside of Time & alarm clocks fell on their head every day for the next decade… -Howl: Allen Ginsberg

Ask me another day and it will be different.

What time of the day do you mostly write?

I truly enjoy writing as soon as I wake up or really late at night, well after my day is over. But I tend to write all day (at least I’m mindful of what I’m writing all day).

What do you do to get into your writing sessions?

I like to sit in silence for a few minutes beforehand.

What's the weirdest place you ever wrote?

A funeral.

What's the weirdest thing you ever wrote on?

A plastic bag.

What book changed your writing forever?

It's between either The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho or 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene.

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