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Martin Kloess Aka MHatter99 What a Hubber!
“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.”
4- Who are some of YOUR OWN FAVORITE AUTHORS?
“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 Smashbooks.com. The Links are available on my profile.”
Joy's Summer Memories – Introduction https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/264592
Joy’s Summer Memories - A Time To Love https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/270838
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.)”
- Likes Attract (limerick)
A Joke about me (I think).
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 mine..lol
“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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