Interview with Buck Banks

Why did you start writing topical limericks?
I have been writing for Pensito Review for about nine or so years now, and in 2010 it occurred to me that it might be fun to write limericks about stories and people in the news. Limericks, by nature, lend themselves to satire, and I have a knack for writing them. It's fun and when I write a good one, it's funny, too.
Who are your favorite authors?
My favorite authors include Thomas Pynchon, Anthony Burgess, Michael Chabon, Philip K. Dick, Neil Gaiman and Walter Moseley. I also enjoy reading about Florida history and culture.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The never-ending quest for enough money to support my living habit.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I like to kayak, garden and read.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I find books by reading reviews in the New Yorker, The Nation, The Week and Rolling Stone magazines. I also sometimes find good leads in Amazon recommendations.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first novel I read was a science fiction book called "The Ant Men" that I read in fifth grade. I thought it was so cool, I volunteered to work in the library at Orangewood Elementary, and thus began my lifelong love of books and reading. I admit, I never did master the Dewey Decimal System ...
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Kindle Paperwhite, but I have the Kindle app on my iPhone and since it's synched with my Kindle, I can pick up where I am in a book and read on my phone.
Describe your desk
It's a mess. It's one part historical archive, one part current work stuff and one part compost heap.
What are you working on next?
I'm starting Poetic Justice, Volume 2, but I can't reveal the topic yet.
What is your writing process?
I read the news and when a story or person strikes a chord as being absurd or really stupid or it's an issue that I care about, usually a line comes to me fully formed. Then it's a matter of rhyming additional lines and trying to craft a funny or poignant hook. Then there's the challenge of writing a pithy three-word headline, which can be the most difficult challenge in writing a limerick.
How do you approach cover design?
Leave it to the experts.
What do you read for pleasure?
Almost all kinds of fiction, biography and history with the occasional detour into the occult or weird.
Published 2015-02-23.
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Books by This Author

Poetic Justice Volume 1: The 2012 Presidential Campaign in Verse
Price: Free! Words: 13,540. Language: English. Published: February 9, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Politics & Current Affairs » Current affairs, Essay » Political
“Poetic Justice, Volume I: The 2012 Presidential Campaign” is a wickedly funny collection of satirical political limericks that originally appeared on Pensito Review, the online publication of political and social commentary. While having a decidedly progressive bent, Volume 1 is an equal-opportunity dispenser of humorous poetic justice to both Democrats and Republicans.