October 31, 2017 orangeq2017

On “Canadian Occasional (150)”: An Interview with Brandon Marlon

Canadian Occasional (150)” is a poem by Brandon Marlon published in the REVIVAL issue of Orange Quarterly (OQ 5), released in fall 2017 (on October 31).


What inspired you to write this poem?

2017 marks Canada’s sesquicentennial, occasioning this occasional poem.

Why do you make art, and why write poetry in particular?

Artists are impelled to express and communicate; it’s an innate urge. I write in several writing genres. Poetry permits me to lyricize a statement with blessed brevity.

What do you like about reading or performing your work for an audience?

Poetry recitals reveal whether the reactions of others to your words (and to the thoughts and imagery they convey) mirror your own subjective sentiments.

In what ways do you think art and poetry are vital to society today?

Art is a key indicator of the vitality of any given society, today as ever. Artistic creation is a primordial human endeavor, a form of attempting to imitate the divine.

Who are some of your favorite poets, writers, musicians, filmmakers, or other artists?

Kings David and Solomon of Israel, Homer, Ferdowsi, Solomon ibn Gavirol, Judah HaLevi, Moses ibn Ezra, Omar Khayyam, Rumi, Hafiz, William Shakespeare.

What are you working on next, and what excites you most about the future?

I’m continually developing my thoughts regarding the subject matter for my upcoming writings, whether poetic, dramatic, filmic, or prosaic in nature. Quality writing is a function of quality thinking.


Brandon Marlon is a writer from Ottawa, Canada. He received his B.A. in Drama & English from the University of Toronto and his M.A. in English from the University of Victoria. His poetry was awarded the Harry Hoyt Lacey Prize in Poetry (Fall 2015), and his writing has been published in 200+ publications in 27 countries. www.brandonmarlon.com.

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