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Martin Kloess Aka MHatter99 What a Hubber!

Updated on April 19, 2013

Martin Kloess

“I want to welcome my good friend Martin Kloess that writes the best limerick poetry….. He is a very romantic poet and loves to write about his wonderful wives. I love to read Martin’s poems…”

"He has been on the Hub for two years now. We all love him!"

“I asked Martin for an interview a few weeks ago and he honored me by saying yes.”

"Martin loves to laugh about himself. He makes us laugh with him!"

1. My Author friend: first off, may I ask where you are from, and where do you live now?

“I was born in Friedberg, then West Germany, on December 25, 1951. I was brought to America in 1957 by my mother, a factory worker, and her new husband, a sergeant in the army. I have lived in San Francisco since I was seven. I am the oldest of four half-brothers and two half-sisters.

2. Martin how long have you been writing?

“My interest in writing started in high school and was sparked by a teacher, Mr. Pierre Noble. He made writing interesting and, no matter how long the assignment, fun. Mr. Noble died two years after I graduated a victim of a school stabbing.”

3- Where do you find inspiration?

“My current inspiration, for the poems, seems to just flow once I clear my mind. I have always had quite an imagination.”


“I think my formal reading began in college when I began Britannica’s reading program of “The Great Books of the Western World”. Like my music taste, my taste in reading was very eclectic. Though I don’t consider myself very religious, I find myself gravitating back to the Bible. Favorite book: The Book (Story) of Job.”

5- Martin, what do you love to write most about?

“My poetry is guided, for the most part, by what my fans like. Sometimes I will throw in an experiment. My limericks, for example, are entirely the result of fan prodding.”

6- Martin, do you have any books published and if so, where we can buy them?

“I have been trying since 2011 to get someone to help me publish books. My last let down came with the release of “Well That Was That”, a thrown together book of limericks. I realized: if books were going to be published I would have to do it. It took me 4 long months, but the “Joy’s Summer Memories” series is starting to roll. The series now contains 2 books with a third due out in a few weeks.”

“Both books are available at The Links are available on my profile.”

Joy's Summer Memories – Introduction

Joy’s Summer Memories - A Time To Love

7- Martin, what are the names of your books?

“Joy's Summer Memories – Introduction”

“Joy’s Summer Memories - A Time To Love”

8- What projects are you currently working on?

“I’m hoping to have 11 books out by Christmas 2013!”

9- Tell us a little bit about your writing style.

“The majority of my poetry follows classical style and verse. This helps keep me focused. In addition each poem has a prescribed end. I cannot go on “forever”.”

“One will notice I rarely use punctuations; this is done to make a reader a part of the poem.”

“One poem could evoke multiple meanings. This works well because as people change so does the poem. This is also why so many people find it easy to relate to a poem.”

“Another point, especially in my Haiku and Tanka, is there is no right or one answer. Each reader is always right.”

“If one takes a close look at my current limericks they will notice my signature. It makes my limericks quite unique.”

10- Martin, what advice do you have for other struggling authors today?

“Beware of people who give advice!”

11- Martin, what do you like to do for fun?

“I am handicapped. My brain cannot process too much stimuli. Even looking out a window is a stretch. My last diagnosis was: “...something is attacking my neurons.” I am slowly losing control of my body.”

“I have had more than my fair share of fun in my life. One day I will be bed ridden. While I can, I will churn out as many books and poems as I can.”

12- Tell me what kind of music do you like, and what are your favorite bands?

“I studied music for 12 years, though primarily a vocalist, I learned to play the piano and guitar. My main interests during this time were the classics. In the mid 70’s I got heavily into Latin music and Arlene and I would frequent the many dance clubs of the time.”

“When disco drain our pocket book we turned to new wave for relief. It was much, much cheaper’ plus (now don’t laugh) we discovered a couple could dance at home. Arlene had invested a lot of time teaching me to dance. But when we danced alone it was always “practice”. In 1995, when Arlene and I, where in charge of the Lodge’s social affairs all this dancing plus our broad music tastes made us very successful.”

“What kind of music does Martin like?”

“Anything that will last more than a year!”

“(Not literally, but you know what I mean.)”

Carlos Santana


13- Martin-- tell us about your lovely wife you always write about she has to be a delight and I can tell in your writing.

“There are 2 wives, Amor and Arlene.

“The First is Arlene. I met her when I was 16 and playing a male role for a girl school production of “The Princess and the Pea”. Legend has it; I fell in love with her on closing night when a tear of hers fell on my right arm, April 27 1966. Or first kiss was on April 28, when her prince returned and kissed her as her school watched on from the widows. A small example of our life together:”

“We were married on July 27, 1974 and have 2 children, Peter and Robin. Together we created dreams. Now I’m not going to tell you oil companies are angels. You would be shocked to learn how much influence they hold on us. But, as creative thinker for one, I learned how, very efficiently, how to make the unreal real. So Arlene and I (and eventually our children) enjoyed experiences few people on a modest income would dare. Everyone has dreams. I shared mine with Arlene and I believe I made hers come true.”

“As great (highs and lows) as my life was with Arlene, it would skyrocket in 1991 when I became a mason. With 2 great mentors and Arlene at my side we rose in popularity and became in charge of large social functions in 1995. The Lodge trusted us with thousands of dollars to attract new members. Arlene and I became a must on dinner guest lists. It was all exciting, to say the least.”

“Arlene died August 22, 2003. Her funeral lasted days; an extraordinary tribute to a life well spent. To add a bit of romance, which was our time together, Arlene was baptized, went to school, was married, saw her children baptized and received her last rites at Star of the Sea. She waits for me under a tree at our final resting place.”

“Arlene’s middle name was Joy. That is why I always capitalize Joy in my poems.”

“After years of mourning, the masons thought it advisable that I be seen with a woman, because of my heavy involvement with youths. Thus I met, courted and married Amor. We enjoyed 2 magic married years together before tragedy struck. In August of 2010 I was stricken by my handicap, and instead of being my wife Amor, in her love, has become my caretaker. (Having lost 2 husbands, herself; she understands my feelings for Arlene.)”

14- Martin, on the Hub if you could choose two or three of your favorite hubs what would they be? They could be yours or other hubbers, and you do not have to choose

“On this one I would like to commend Hub pages and the community which make it, for a great experience. My favorite would, as I am sure is true with most, would depend on the day. I would like to add here; I am sorry for my short comments, but typing is not easy for me.”

15- In your travels what is your favorite all-time favorite place you ever visited?

“Ahh Jasmine in Savannah...Broadway in New York... Jazz in New Orleans... Steaks in Texas... I have been blessed to see this great country by train. I have literally danced down the Mississippi. But my favorite place is Disneyland, Anaheim.

Jasmine in Savannah

16- What place would you like to go to that you have never been?

“I can honestly say, for me, I have done it all. Now that doesn’t mean I have done everything! But I am very satisfied.”

17- What about a bucket list? Do you have one and have you finished any on your list?

“Nope, Just to stay out of bed as long as I can!”

18- Martin any words of wisdom?

“Live, live, live. Dreams can be real. Make one of your visions. “...the world is a better place because I was in it.”

Well Martin my talented friend, this concludes our Interview. I want to thank you for your time, as we know you are a very busy writer. Thank you.

This has to be one of my favorite poems by Martin.

By: Debbie Brooks

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX



      You both are so right Martin is a joy and a great poet.. he has new books out on amazon check him out..


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      deergha 5 years ago from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!!

      Dear Debbie ....Thank you for this one. Its an awesome interview. I often used to wonder about comments i receive from i got all my replies here. Its really nice at the same time very tragic to know about Martin. He is an asset to the world and mainly HP town here. I always adore his writings. Arlene and Amor all are clear here.

      My prayers are always for Martin and may God bless him .

      Thanks again to you.

      Votes all up way and shares.


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      Jackie Lynnley 5 years ago from The Beautiful South

      How beautiful! I love biographies and you have almost written one here about a hubpage friend to many. This was so very interesting and well done that I must search his hubs in search for even more. Voting up and sharing!

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      James that is great.. I am so glad you resolved it...

      I am very blessed to have as a friend

      and thank you


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      Tijani Achamlal 5 years ago from Morocco

      My dearest friend Debbie,

      I have good news.I solved my technical problem here.I changed my hub email and fixed my computer.Now,it s protected.Yay me .I just wanted to share this moment of happiness with you.I will write what you asked me:)

      Thanks for being my friend.I am really blessed.

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Love doctor thank you dear friend so good to see you

      I agree with you he will have those 11 books

      Mama Martin is great..

      thank you for voting up

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      Sasha Kim 5 years ago

      I love Mhatter's work... thank you so much for this chance to know more about him^_^ voting up and interesting

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      lovedoctor926 5 years ago

      A very good interview. I like your choice of interview questions. Martin is a good writer and poet. His limericks are amusing and his poetry is very romantic. I think it's great that he has created a roadmap and I'm sure that he will have those 11 books written by the end of this year.

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      QudsiaP I agree he is so awesome and I love his answers.. we dug deep and he has been blessed and he loves it..

      What a great man he is and a great writer and poet

      many blessings good to see you


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      QudsiaP1 5 years ago

      Deborah, this interview touched me truly. I was nearly in tears by the end of it. I could almost sense as if MHatter99 was speaking himself to me. Sitting right in front of me.

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Flash he is one of my favorites too

      blessing my friend


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      flashmakeit 5 years ago from usa

      Thank you so much Debbie for interviewing my favorite limerick poet MHatter99. He is an interesting man and I wish him the best.

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Brave Warrior.. I so agree with you about Martin.. He has lived a wonderful life and he is so uplifting and well loved here on the hub.

      blessings to you my dear


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      Shauna L Bowling 5 years ago from Central Florida

      Debbie, thank you for interviewing Martin. I've been intrigued by his poetry and off the wall comments that I sometimes don't get, I must admit. I've always wanted to know more about him.

      Martin, you are awesome. You've lived and loved and are now facing a situation that must be very hard for you.

      I now have a better insight into your poetry, which I always find meaningful and full of love and passion.

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      xstatic.. thank you Martin is one of the best..



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      Jim Higgins 5 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      A great interview of a favorite among Hubbers. It was nice to learn so much more about the enigmatic and talented hatter.

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Ruby I love Martins poetry too I know how you feel.

      Eddy Martin is very much loved.. and a wonderful writer

      Gypsy thank you for voting up and sharing ..

      Many blessings to you all


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      Gypsy Rose Lee 5 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and awesome. One fantastic interview with one incredible hubber. Love Martin's humor, his romantic poetry and even his comments. Martin you are so right life is for living for we never know about tomorrow. Wishing you all the best in your writing. Debbie great interview. Hugs. Passing this on.

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      Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

      Thank you Debbie for this wonderful tribute to a much loved and wonderful writer.

      I also admire his strength and loyalty and you have done him justice.

      Here's to so many more hubs for us all to share on here. Have a wonderful day my dear friend.


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      Ruby Jean Richert 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Oh Debbie, I am so glad you did this interview. I love Martin's poetry and limericks. I understand his poetry much more after reading his life-story. I love his attitude about living each day to the fullest degree. He has known heartache but keeps smiling. I salute you Martin. Thank you.

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      James you are so welcome.. get some rest my friend..

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      Tijani Achamlal 5 years ago from Morocco

      I will later ,It is late here,almost midnight:)thanks for informing me.

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      James thank you I have interview others.. Sunnie day

      Leslie Silverman, Lord De Cross, Epigramman

      are just a few if you want to check them out..

      have a great day my friend


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      Tijani Achamlal 5 years ago from Morocco

      Thanks I will .I suggest for you to do the same with others.You are a good journalist:)

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      James hello dear friend.. Martin is an amazing poet.. yes follow him.. he is a joy..

      Frank hello.. miss seeing you.. and thank you for commenting

      John than k you for voting up

      blessings to you all


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      Deborah Brooks Langford 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Faith hello girlfriend.. so good to see you.. I love to read your wonderful comments.. been missing you

      yes Martin is so wonderful

      many blessings to you


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      Deborah Brooks Langford 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Lathing you are so right Martin is a joy to know thank you for a wonderful comment

      Sunnie so good to see you girlfriend.. Martin is an amazing person isn't he?

      many blessings to you both


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      Deborah Brooks Langford 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Valley Poet thank you nice to see you I will visit you soon.

      Anan Martin is a wonderful hubber to follow his poems are awesome.

      many blessings to you both


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      Deborah Brooks Langford 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      lrc7815 .. I am so glad you enjoyed this interview.. Martin is very exceptional writers and poet..

      Web..Martin is very talented you are so right good to see you

      blessing and hugs to you both


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      Deborah Brooks Langford 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Leslie.. you are so right Martin is one special writer and so talented..

      I have enjoyed his poems for a year now and I knew I had to interview him.

      many blessings my friend


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      Shining Irish Eyes 5 years ago from Upstate, New York

      Debbie - I can not thank you enough for conducting this interview. Martin is a favorite of mine. I can not count the number of times when his brilliant and rewarding sense of humor lifted up my day. Equally as moving, his poetry is truly words of poetic beauty.

      I thank you allowing me an opportunity to get to know the man behind the magic!

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      John Sarkis 5 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Great article. And yes, Martin is awesome; he's also very knowledgable about different subjects.

      Take care - vote up


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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      Our Ms Brooks.. a very good interview..:) bless you both

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      Tijani Achamlal 5 years ago from Morocco

      Very amazing interview.Good job,Debbie.Now ,you make me so excited to read his hubs.Thanks for introducing us to this great poet.I am not sure if I read anything of him,but thanks again Debbie.Your are amazing.I voted up.

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      Faith Reaper 5 years ago from southern USA

      Mh, as I like to call him, has been one of my favorites here on HP. Every night he blesses us with his gift of beautiful and romantic poetry and then, on his funny side, hilarious limericks. I know I can look forward to both each and every night at the same time, they both pop in. His choice of imagery and music videos is always perfect and very unique to say the least.

      Debbie, what a very interesting insight you have written here to a most wonderful hubber, Mh.

      Voted up +++ and sharing

      God bless. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Sunnie Day 5 years ago

      Dear Debbie,

      Thank you for sharing Martin's wonderful life story with us. This was one of the most tender interviews and one that touched my heart so. I met Martin before hubs on another writing site, he was so supportive and I found his poems so lovely, deep, and then he will pull out the funny and off beat limericks that keep me smiling. He is a man with much depth and heart and I am so proud to know him. Knowing what he is facing and living with everyday, makes him even a more amazing person. Thank you Martin for sharing your life with us and your wonderful work.



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      LaThing 5 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Oh, Debbie, this is the most heartrending interview...... Knowing Martin for who he is and what he is going through, is a treasure for his readers. I am so happy that you did this interview, getting to know the person behind all those beautiful poems. It's a pleasure following him...... We are always here for you, Martin! You are a Joy, my friend! Thanks for sharing, Deb!

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      Anan Celeste 5 years ago from California

      I am so happy for this interview. I always wondered what this incredible writer was all about. It makes me fell very proud to be part of this community of good natures folks that share a passion for the written word. Thumbs up! You did it again Debbie!

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      Valleypoet 5 years ago

      Thank you for sharing this interview, it was really well put together. Its good to get to know the man behind the poetry. Martin has been a real highlight to my hubpages experience...and I love his sense of humour...thanks for sharing:-))

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      Bill Blackburn 5 years ago from Twentynine Palms, California

      Martin is a talented writer and I always enjoy reading his poems. It was an interesting and awesome interview . Well done Deborah!

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      Linda Crist 5 years ago from Central Virginia

      I cannot tell you how much I enjoyed this interview and how impressed I am at the quality of your questions. My friend Martin shared so much of his personal story and should serve to inspire all who read his work. His attitude is amazing. Great, great job.

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      Karen Silverman 5 years ago

      What an incredible interview - it felt soooo personal! Martin - i've known you for quite some time - pre-hub - and i've always respected you and known that you live in pain - every day - and yet writes humor..

      we can learn much...

      i admit to a bit of confusion where the wives were concerned so i appreciate the explanation and clarification..

      Beautiful love stories...

      Great hub, Deb - i know and like Martin even more after reading it!

      Up and sharing!

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      You are welcome Martin.. I have always admired you.. and respected you .. many blessings my friend


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      Martin Kloess 5 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you so much for this. Even an egotist can be humbled. This is such a great honor. I do want thank you for focusing on the positive. It says a lot about you. Thank you, thank you, thank you...

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Tillsontitan.. I enjoy Martins poems too especially his limericks.. thank you for voting up


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      Deborah Brooks Langford 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Billy buc... thank you so much.. Martin is a class act.. you are so right

      good to see you


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      Deborah Brooks Langford 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      wet nose dogs Martin is very interesting isn't he? he is so special..

      thank you for visiting and commenting..


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      Mary Craig 5 years ago from New York

      I have been enjoying Martin's poems for quite sometime..romantic and touching and I enjoy the limericks. Knowing about him through this hub makes his writing all that much more special. Thank you for this wonderful interview.

      Voted up, useful, awesome, and. Interesting.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Martin is a class act. Thanks, Debbie, for this interview and some new insights into this wonderful Hubber!

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      wetnosedogs 5 years ago from Alabama

      Fantastic interview on a very interesting and talented hubber. I love his short funny ones and I love the poems with a twist. Very happy you wrote this.


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