March 11, 2010
Are you related to the 16th Century Renaissance poet, Garcilaso de la Vega?
Probably, but who knows?
What’s in a name?
Well, there is history in every name. The name de la Vega is almost synonymous to poetry according to most of the research I’ve done. You know, lineage is becoming more and more of a relative topic these days since the New Age spawned spin-offs like alien acceptance, tarot awareness, divination, and fairies, you know…
Are you an alien?
Why did your WORDBEAT Co-host Milo Martin nickname you “Yvonne of The Blue Star”?
Because of my name. There is a star in the blue spectrum of the universe called “Vega” and it’s blue, sometimes referred to as “The Blue Star”. In Espan—l, “de la” means “of the”. Thus, “Yvonne of the Blue Star”. But no, I am not an alien.
What’s going on with WORDBEAT?
We’ll be back LIVE in April, for National Poetry Month, for now we’re on an unofficial hiatus due to priorities. You can still enjoy the archived segments at www.blogtalkradio.com/wordbeat
If you like poetry and jazz go check it out. You can also find it on iTunes under “Podcasts”.
That was shameless plug wasn’t it?
If you say so.
Who are your favorite poets?
My favorite writer of all time would be Robert Graves. He said two things that never left me. “Poets are born, and not made” and the other is, “There is no money in poetry, but then there is no poetry in money either.” I’m a fan of Lord Byron and what he represents in history as a poet, a revolutionary and a lover. For, where would we be without the Age of Enlightenment?
I recently, believe it or not, fell in love with Jim Morrison, how he knew the truth and had a warrior’s spirit. I love Bukowski’s realist raunch in The Fuck Machine, and Anne Sexton’s courage to live as long as she did. Bob Dylan’s Writings and Drawings by Bob Dylan, and Joni Mitchell’s songbook. There are so many more, and many amongst my own peers, to name just a few isn’t fair so, next?
What are your plans for the future?
I really plan to stop flying by the skin of my teeth, but I’m afraid that if that happens, I would have to sacrifice inspiration. On a more concrete note, I’m just finishing up a screenplay, an animated film that I started writing three years ago. I’m looking forward to the publishing of my new book, Tomorrow, Yvonne-Poetry & Prose for Suicidal Egotists, and there’s a new idea being tossed around: Ray Manzarek of The Doors just emailed me and brought up an idea we’d come up with the last time I saw him, and that was to go to the White House with a sextet that would consist of three poets and a jazz trio. That would be him on piano, Karl Vincent on bass and a drummer. We want to perform at Obama’s night of poetry at The White House.
What is a suicidal egotist?
Someone who would like to kill themselves but is far too vain to be caught dead after actually having done it.
Are you happy?
I’m hopeful. Times are changing for the better I think, and I’m looking forward to the improvement of the quality of life for everyone. I want everyone on the planet to be happy.
Is there anything else you’d like to tell everyone?
Not really. I’m surprised you got me to say this much, but thank you and everyone for the opportunity of having to talk about myself. I understand it’s important, and I am grateful. Oh, and…I like turtles.