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Wizard's Tome, poem, Issue 22, March 1, 2013
Erik Bundy lives in the magical North Carolina woods where chocolate is a vegetable, female chipmunks are called chipnuns, and mice claiming to be cousins move in for the winter then take the towels when they leave in spring. The federal government pays him not to work in one of their offices. He has published thirty poems and stories in French and American magazines. He is a graduate of the Odyssey Fantasy Writing Workshop, and last year, he was the grand prize winner in Sidney Lanier Poetry Competition.
Get to know Erik...
When did you start writing? In the third grade, I wrote a Mother’s Day poem that was much lauded by a number of teachers. I’m certain Hallmark Cards would have loved it. Anyway, the unexpected attention I received disposed me towards a vocation as a writer.
When and what and where did you first get published? Sometime during the Stone Age, Crosscurrents published my literary short story, “The Sparrow”.
What themes do you like to write about? I tend to avoid vampires, zombies, and werewolves, though I did publish a story about a wereturtle. Without conscious effort on my part, spiritual and Jungian psychological aspects show up in many of my stories and novels. I also like Norse dragon myths and alchemy (the combination of religion and psychology kind).
What books and/or stories have most resonated with you as an author? Why? How do these stories and their characters find expression in your work? I don’t normally focus on individual books or stories as much as on stylists who are exceptional storytellers. Anything written by Liz Hand is gorgeously written. As is the work of Annie Proulix or Barbara Kingsolver or James Lee Burke or W. Somerset Maugham, though he is prone to using clichés. For poetic power, I like Milorad Pavic, E.E.Cummings, Billy Collins, and Rainer Maria Rilke. My bell also tolls for John Donne. All these writers engage the brain and the heart simultaneously. Their work stimulates ideas and themes in my own stories and poems.
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