Interview with D. S. Maolalai

Photo: © D. S. Maolalai 2020

Please, introduce yourself and your writing.

I’m D. S. Maolalai, a poet from Ireland. I’ve been writing for about 10 years. I’ve been described by one editor as a ”cosmopolitan” writer, and by another as ”prolific to the point of incontinence”. Between the two I think I prefer the first description.

Your latest writing projects?

I’ve had my poetry released in two collections, most recently Sad Havoc Among the Birds with Turas Press in Dublin, which was released in 2019. I’ve been slowly putting together a follow-up collection, but I’m not yet in a position where there’s much to talk about beyond ”at some point I’d like to do something”.

How would you describe your poems?

I mainly write free-verse, personal poetry.

 Why do you write?

If I’m honest, mostly because I want to impress people, and I don’t have time to learn the piano.

Who are your favourite writers and poets?

Probably my favourite poet is Frank O’Hara, and I’m a big fan of Li Po, a Chinese poet who’s been dead for about 1300 years. I also love the work of Marianne Moore, though it’s not something I can ever replicate.

 Do you have a homepage?

I don’t have a homepage, but you can find me on Twitter: @diarmo1990.

Thank you very much for the interview!