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INTERVIEW NO.2 WITH RON PRICE
This is the second in a series of interviews with Ron Price, a writer of poetry, prose, and prose-poetry who lived in Perth Western Australia when this interview began, and in George Town Tasmania when the last additions to this interview were made.
The first interview in what is now a series of 26, took place in January 1996 on a certain literary stage, at his home while Ron was on holiday from his job as a lecturer in Human Services at the Thornlie College of Technical and Further Education, Tafe, what is now the Swan College of Tafe. Interviews like this are, from Ron’s perspective, part of an ongoing dialogue that can help a writer of poetry, an author, to define the act, the process, the experience whereby his prose and poetry seem to come from somewhere, from everything that ever happened, is happening and might well happen and become available on a page.
The interview as a medium of expression also allows the reader to have a better understanding of just what a writer is trying to do and why he is trying to write at all. Writing poetry helps define, express, and shape the prayer of the human soul. The Bohemian-Austrian poet Rainer Maria Rilke(1875-1926), who is considered one of the most significant poets in the German language, said that these things are the essence of poetry. Writing poetry is like a personal experience of deepening because it enables the poet to sustain his capacity for contemplation, a useful skill in a world of increasing velocity.