How can I stop
Yet the body-soul
Attempts to soar
At the sight,
Of female flesh
TSTmpj: I especially like the ending of this poem. How did you arrive at it (says I, wincing knowingly at my choice of words)?
Joseph Lisowski: What I hoped to accomplish with the ending was to kinda replicate the feeling of a sudden stop when riding the carousel, a kind of lunging forward with sexual overtones. Regardless of your age, an attractive woman can draw your body toward her through her animal magnetism.
TSTmpj: The "body-soul", both as an image and a concept. Why "body-soul" and not "soul-body"? Can you share a few thoughts on what the "body-soul" means for you?
Joseph Lisowski: This pull comes from the body first, which, in turn, may drag the "soul" with it; hence, "body-soul," rather than "soul-body."
TSTmpj: Finally, Joseph, the life of a Professor of English must surely be an eventful one. Is there an experience, an anecdote or two you wish to share?
Joseph Lisowski: Many years ago, I taught freshman writing at an urban campus, and at the end of the term, one of my students came to my office with a few of his essays that I had graded. He nudged these wrinkled papers toward me and said, "hey, man, what's all dem 'FROGS' doing on my papers?" I looked closely at the essays, then at him, noting his heavy lidded eyes and the smell of marijuana coming off his clothes. "What I wrote there," I said in response, "was 'frag,' which stands for sentence fragment; your essays are filled with sentence fragments." He stared at the papers for quite a while before finally saying, "still look like 'FROGS!' to me." Well, I thought, at least they weren't toads.
Joseph Lisowski's most recent poetry chapbook is STASHU KAPINSKI LOOKS FOR LOVE published by erbacce-press (Liverpool, UK).