Daniel G. Snethen

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Daniel G. Snethen comes from Colome, SD

How long have you been writing? I wrote my first poem in high school in 1982 but wrote horrible short stories before then.

What do you consider to be your greatest accomplishment as a writer? Probably my inclusion in the recent tribute anthology to Vincent Van Gogh: Ressurection of a Sunflower.

What projects of yours have been recently published? Well it has been a few years but I was one of four poets included in a not so distant past edition of Four Quarters to a Section, a chapbook honoring four South Dakota poets, published by the South Dakota State Poetry Society. I have had poetry included in I believe four different anthologies put out by Scurf Pea and my most recent major publication accomplishment was the inclusion in the aforementioned: Ressurection of a Sunflower.

What are you currently working on and what inspired this work? I have put together a chapbook of poems entitled Anne, I Weep for Thee which is inspired by the many women I have known or have imagined I have known, which I am currently shopping around.

Where can we find your work? I am regularly published by Thirteen Myna Birds, Dark Gothic Ressurrected and The Horrorzine. You can find much of my poetry on line by doing an internet search of my name and poetry.

How do you react to rejections? I keep track of them. In some cases, I resubmit other poems to the same publisher. Recently I submitted to an online zine I had never submitted to before, three poems which had been collectively rejected over 35 times. The very next day I had an email accepting all three poems with the statement: “Damn you’re good.” Rejections just motivate me to keep on trying. Often times it is not a question of quality or not but rather a question of finding that editor who will connect with your literary style.

How do you react when one of your submissions is accepted for publication? Naturally I get excited, but I also know that I could have submitted that same poem to twenty other publishers and have been rejected by each one of them.

What is your best piece of advice on how to stay sane as a writer? Don’t worry about satisfying others. Write for yourself. Enjoy your own craft and hopefully others will enjoy it too.

What is your favorite book? Tarzan of the Apes

Who is your favorite author? Edgar Rice Burroughs

If you could have dinner with one fictional character, who would it be and why? Tarzan, because he is my hero and we could sit naked upon our haunches eating grubs and fruit and whatever other jungle delacacies available.

What makes you laugh? Reading tall tales about Breckenridge Elkins by Robert E. Howard.

What makes you cry? Either the loss of a dear pet or my relationship with a woman.

What is your preferred drink while you write? Water.

What is your favorite food? Meat and fruit. I especially like beef and fish but would eat almost anything that is meat. I eat a lot of fruit like blue berries, cherries, peaches, pears, grapes, citrus fruits etc… My grocery cart is usually heavily laden with fruit and cuts of meat.

Shakespeare or Bukowski? I have to admit that I never gave Bukowski much of a read. Perhaps I should. He seems to be popular amongst many of the subterranean poets I know. As for Shakespeare, I do respect him but for my own liking I prefer Coleridge and Blake when it comes to poetry.