Interview with the portal “Cognitive Literature”
Interview with the portal “Cognitive Literature”

Interview with the portal “Cognitive Literature”

“Poetry is a multifaceted phenomenon. To write interestingly, you need to constantly study”: interview with Nikita T on the eve of World Poetry Day on March 21

When it comes to samizdat portals, most often they talk about Nikita T. He has several collections of poetry, the creation of popular songs, the organization of several literary communities on the World Wide Web and not only. The portal “Cognitive Literature” decided to talk with the writer and poet Nikita T about modern Russian literature and everything related to it.

— How long have you been writing poetry?

— Like many poets, I have been writing poetry since childhood. However, I began to take this seriously in 2002 after I was invited to the portal www.stihi.ru I would like to note that this portal has become a good launching pad for many Russian and foreign writers and poets, including me.

— Do you publish your works on social networks? If so, in which cases?

of course. Like any author, I need an audience that will be interested in my works and social networks provide this opportunity. In addition, you can publish announcements of your future books here, including collections of poetry, and those readers who are interested in my work will know what to expect from me in the future. I have a lot of social media pages. I post on both zen and youtube. There is a private telegram channel “Books from Nikita”. Recently, I began to pay attention to Russian sites such as vk, rutube, nuum and many, many others.

— Do you face criticism in your address?

— Yes, I am constantly faced with criticism of myself, and this is natural. I always listen to someone else’s opinion if it is constructive. Another thing is that criticism should not be confused with rudeness. I don’t like those people who are rude to me or to other writers. To be honest, I do not know how to react to this correctly and try to distance myself from it.

— I would like to ask if you have had any experience in publishing printed publications, for example, collections of poetry?

— To be honest, I have a lot of experience in publishing my own books. Despite the fact that in Russia, in my opinion, this market has not yet fully developed. I have published poetry collections and e-books. I release audiobooks from time to time. I have established good relations with a number of publishing houses and printing houses. Gradually, this circle increases. I would like to note that real professionals work here, who, despite the meager funding, continue to produce printed publications. I bow low to them for their work. On the eve of World Poetry Day, I would like to congratulate not only writers and poets on this holiday, but also those who are engaged in book publishing.

— You’re a poet. Can you call it your profession?

— Yes, I am a poet. But, this is not a profession. A profession is when you get paid every month. One hundred and fifty thousand, for example. I get this kind of salary, but in a different place. For me, poetry is a hobby that I can’t live without.

— Then who is the poet?

— A poet is someone who loves modern Russian literature and is constantly engaged in it. The one for whom rhymes have become the meaning of life. Someone who loves music and writes poetry, feeling the melody in his soul.

— If it’s not a secret, what do you do for a living?

— I work in the IT field. I would like to note that this helps to promote my works. I make my own layout of my books, I can make a booktrailer or a video presentation of my work. This allows you to save money. For example, I myself, with the support of my friends, wrote my own website www.booksnt.ru on which I publish announcements of my works and quotes from my books. I’ve done a lot of things in the past. I am a reserve officer and for me the word “honor” has a deep meaning.

— You speak well. Did you study public speaking?

— Is it possible to learn this? It seems to me that this is a talent. Either you can speak interestingly and have charisma, or it’s not typical for you. It is difficult to learn this. Although I know several businessmen and officials who are constantly engaged in this.

— How long has the book been written?

— You know. I divide this process into two parts. Mechanical and creative. If I write prose, I spend most of my time plotting. This period of time is significant. It is not difficult to describe what was invented. The same thing is connected with poetry. The most difficult thing is the idea.

— The most banal question is: what inspires you?

— Virgin nature. I like to travel. Wherever I go, I strive to get to a place where I feel comfortable or interesting. In addition, I like to consider the unusual architecture of the past, it awakens imagination and sometimes I weave my impressions into my books. I think I’ve traveled half the world and I have a lot to write about in my books.

— In which countries was it, if not a secret?

— I have been to several European countries, such as Czechoslovakia, Cyprus, Ukraine and Belarus. I have traveled almost all of Turkey, Egypt and Tunisia, and our Central Asia. And this is only a small part of those countries that I have visited either for work or as a tourist. I advise everyone to travel the world as much as possible. Only then will you be both an interesting conversationalist and a versatile writer.

— Which literary and poetic portals would you recommend to our readers?

— First of all, I want to highlight those sites that will be of interest to those who are interested in poetic creativity. Of course, this is the stichera that I mentioned earlier. In addition, I like the Liter magazine, the social network Poembook, the Hut Reading Room, Your verse and many, many others. The more such sites there are, the better. I am ready to support these sites with my creativity. If we talk about prose, then I would recommend turning your attention to Livelib, Bookmix, Litres, Ridero, Litsovet, Bookriver, Laboratory of Fiction and AT

— Do you do something besides poetry?

— I’m a numismatist. I collect rare coins. I think this is a hobby that everyone is interested in. It’s no secret that all people like to talk about money. And I am no exception to this rule.

— Your favorite poet?

— My preferences are changing. As a child, I liked Mayakovsky. In my youth, I was fascinated by Lermontov and Yesenin. And now I like Blok and Pushkin.

— Are you a good poet?

— It’s not for me to judge that. It’s up to the readers to decide. Some people like my poems, and some people don’t like them. It’s the same with prose. I write for those who are on the same wavelength with me.

The most important thing is that I am honest with myself and with my readers.

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