Mighty Mike McGee

It kills me that loneliness and boredom often are not motivating enough to generate more art.

How would you describe yourself?

Professionally, I am a stand-up poet—a poet with a healthy dash of humor added for flavor. I am a late-blooming vagabond. A hobo-humorist. A get-paid-to-talk and say-things-my-way. Personally, I love making people laugh and cry in close proximity. I’m an ambivert—half extroverted, half introverted. As much as I love being the center of attention, I also eagerly desire solitude. One state helps me create; the other helps me promote. I love people and creatures very much. I am very honored to be alive in this now.

In his book, The War of Art, Steven Pressfield explains “resistance” as anything that blocks you from creating. What are some forms of resistance for you, and how do you deal with them?

I am often blocked by my lack of focus and motivation to write, due in large part to loneliness and boredom. It kills me that loneliness and boredom often are not motivating enough to generate more art. Three quarters of the time, I end up turning to my addiction: mindlessly surfing the internet until I fall asleep. The rest of the time I will go for a walk or ride my bike. If I am uninspired to write about life, it probably means I need to go live more of it. Whatever happens, I am always sure to never beat myself up for not being creative that day. It does nothing for future me. I am always productive—whether it is a product I can sell or merely a new thing I know, it’s still beneficial to me, especially future me.

Dream dinner party: You, Andy Warhol, and…?

Tough call. On a whim—Frida Kahlo, Nina Simone, Mark Twain, and James Baldwin.

What’s the best creative advice you’ve ever received?

Be patient and keep editing until it makes sense to all of your senses.

Interview by Chad Hall
Photography by Gregory Cortez

Content Magazine Literary Series is curated by Santa Clara County Poet Laureate David Perez

Entire article originally appeared in Issue 7.2 “Connect”
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