INTERVIEW WITH MARCUS SPEH
Marcus, I have formulated a few questions for you to consider and we can work on them simultaneously if you want, I call it call and response but here go the questions: FYI In case you weren't already aware "Call and Response" is the term used to describe the relationship between the Pastor/Reverend and the Congregation in mainly black churches. You can hear it in the background of some of Martin Luther King Jr.'s speeches. Its when the congregation says "Amen to that!" or responds to what has been said. That is why I wanted the readers of this interview to be able to respond to your answers. You can also find it occurring in live jazz performances.
!. Why did you choose Red Lemonade as a forum for your work? You already have quite a sizeable cult following and numerous awards. Was it to get feedback or look at works in progress a la, what is nouvelle cuisine?
2. Before we delve into your prose/flash fiction, is it about including photographs which you may or may not have taken? Are they essential to the Flash of your fiction, like polygraph tests. Some of the photos allude to the subject but others are suggestions of something else. Explain please.
3. How do you spend your time outside of writing since you mention many incarnations in your bio?
4. Living in Berlin and your German roots, seem vital to your identity as a writer. That must be complicated given most of the world's attitudes towards Germany, its heavy historico-political past and present. What is your attitude towards being German and what does it mean to you as you describe your own work as Germanic?
5. "Flash Fiction" is a series of almost poems -- or short stories with a poetic edge to them. You did make a conscious decision to utilise this format. As a poet, I am interested in how you make it work because the shorter the piece, the more careful you have to be with every word and line, especially in a language which I assume is not your first. Why did you choose this format?
6. The Serious Writer and his Penis and the Serious Writer and her Bush are starkly different but linked as their titles suggest. You say you don't like the humourous part of the Penis section -- one which is funny in a Freudian way--the Bush is more of a serious piece of work and has moments of intense beauty. Which do you prefer, the erotic or the poetic or the semi-comedic?
7. "Fundamentalist Teenagers in front of a Metropolitan Railway Car." -- Are they considering suicide by trying to get run over? You make it unclear and no God Nietzchean. Is that what you intended?
8. We both are tied to Derrida, Lacan, Hegel, Heidegger and their assessment of the human condition. Is your work affected by them?