Doug Kuony

Biography

Doug Kuony is an American multimedia artist, poet, writer, photographer and musician.

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
The American mid-west. Omaha to be exact. It's big enough to be cosmopolitan, with an active art community and wonderful restaurants because of its ever growing ethnic communities. It has a wild and checkered history. At one time it was considered the gateway to the expanding American west. At that time, it was also looked upon by many as a moral cesspool to be avoided at all costs! By the time I was born, Omaha had lost its rowdy reputation. Even now it's still small enough to have communities that feel more like small towns. The Benson area, where I grew up, still has its 1900s buildings along the main street. A fifteen minute drive north will put you right in the middle of farms and ranch land! Even though I've lived in the city my entire life, I've spent a lot of time in small towns and on farms and ranches. In Omaha it's not usual to see men wearing, boots and cowboy hats. Unlike other places, it's more than just fashion. Chances are those men are farmers, ranchers or working cowboys. It's a rich culture!
When did you first start writing?
In the late seventies, I began writing songs. My first songs weren't very good. The only thing I knew how to do was copy the format of the songs I heard. But over time I improved and people began to comment on my lyrics. At some point I realized that writing a good song was more than getting it to rhyme and using phases like; "Oh, baby, baby..." I'd gone from mining the songwriter's motherlode of adolescent existential angst to telling stories. Because most songs are limited to three minutes, those stories are focused and condensed, they're stripped and pared down. I began to realize that perhaps it was more effective to tell my stories with a sense of reserve, an arc, and dare I say humor, rather than displaying my heart on my sleeve for all to see!

I've had enough tragedy in my life to sing the blues and sometimes that's a good thing, but not 24/7! I've got other things to say.
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Books

See There, Where My Finger Points
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 10,380. Language: English. Published: January 7, 2017. Categories: Poetry » American poetry » General
See There, Where My Finger Points is a collection of selected poems by writer, artist and musician Doug Kuony. Written mostly in free verse, See There, Where My Finger Points is a reflection on modern perceptions written in Kuony's unique, visual, humorous style.

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