Masticadores INTERVIEW: Matthew Taggart


Masticadores.- Why do you write?


M.- Since when do you write? Was there a specific moment that prompted you to start writing?

5th grade. In tiny hand writing. I still have the story. I begged my teacher to read it. He, Mr. Silverman, told me he needed to use a magnifying glass to read the words.

I started writing ‘again’ before my son was born. It was during this time that I joined WordPress and accidentally wrote poetry.

M.- In your daily workday, how much time do you spend writing? Do you have a ritual before facing the blank page?

I don’t have a daily workday. I spend random amounts of time on writing. I do not have a ritual before facing the blank page. However, I do have a secret for unlocking how to begin if beginning is difficult.

M.- Are you a compass or a map writer?

I don’t know. I need to research the meaning.

M.- What would you like to review about your literary work?

Why I didn’t edit.

M.- What do you think about new technologies as instruments for the writer. Do they help or hinder?

In the case of WordPress, it helps. When technology tosses icons in front of your curser, it hurts.

M.- Publishing in digital, does it change your methods of inspiration or work?

No. And No.

M.- Do you think that accessing the reader who reads on a tablet, computer or mobile phone, in different spaces, for example, train, bus, metro, can help you be more read?

I think a writer ought to write.

M.- Do you think that, during The Pandemic, loneliness and isolation influenced your network of contacts? Did your readers increase?

Yes. My readers did increase. I was alone much and long before the pandemic. Alone is not a new thing to me.

M.- Self-publishing or editorial? Do you think there are still misgivings in contemplating desktop publishing to publish a work?

Editorial. Unless you’ve literally left your blood on your work and they are ready to accept your truth.

M.- Do you think Masticadores’s bet in the search for that digital reader is correct? What’s your opinion about it?

Tell life it can’t. The digital reader is life as is the eye directing the brain.

M.-Participation as a writer in Masticadores, is it being positive? What has it given you?

Yes. I am hurt. I have little to give for submission. I know I can write. Masticadores has given me precious time.

 M.- What would you say is your hallmark as a writer?

Raw. So raw an agent in NYC told me within minutes that he could not touch my manuscript.

M.-Tell us about your latest project. Are you working on a new one today?

Life is a large enough project. My five year old is grunting in back of me. I think I’ll play with him.

Note: if you have an edited blog or books, you can attach the links below.

This story I did not edit. I’m happy I wrote it.

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  1. Ingrid dice:

    An interesting interview. The answer: ‘Editorial. Unless you’ve literally left your blood on your work and they are ready to accept your truth.’ meant something to me!

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    1. Hi, Ingrid. That’s certainly from my experience and it could be much different for everyone else. I hope you are well and that the words are finding you easily.

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  2. jonicaggiano dice:

    Very interesting interview. I enjoyed knowing that he began writing as such a young age. I also like that he wanted it read. I always enjoy reading about a poet’s process. I find that I am very fascinated to learn how different poets get the flow started and I think it is different to many of us. We have our on thing we do.

    Enjoyed the interview and the ending really made me smile. Thanks for helping us learn more about this lovely poet.

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    1. Just before I started my reply to your comment, Gavin, came running into my office. Rather fitting 🙂 I had a lot to say/write, concerning how the process began, and stopped, and began again, only to stop again. However, I wanted to be direct with my answers.

      I’m thrilled to know that you enjoyed the interview, and thank you for writing that. Do you remember when you first committed to writing? I do. And that’s a completely different story.

      I hope you are well!


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      1. jonicaggiano dice:

        I loved that you put that part in your interview with Gabriela (Button). It was adorable. It was a very interesting interview, you learn a lot about people that you care about in the community. I started writing songs when I was about six years old, but my poetry was a way to express the abuse that went on in our home. Just as you said Matt, it is a whole different story. Yes we are well, thank you for asking. Things have really opened up here. Sending hugs and love, xoxox Joni

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  3. Jaya Avendel dice:

    Loved the expression of a writer’s journey in this interview!

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    1. Jaya, thank you for taking a moment to read the words. I hope that you have a wonderful week.

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