Ben Pease and I talk with the poet and psychotherapist, Matt L. Rohrer (now publishing under “Roar”), (who also used to play on an all-poets basketball team in NYC with Ben) about his evolution from being a poet and working with kids to being an independent clinical social worker. Fascinatingly, Matt’s work with young men in particular is mirrored in his interests in his forthcoming book which My War (Excerpts here); so we discuss in this podcast the uses of memory in writing as well as our professions, reading from Joe Brainard’s I remember, talking about how memory is activated, and the leaps and connections between spontaneous memory.
His book of poetry, My War, will be out this year from Spork Press.
Matt L. Rohrer / Roar is a psychotherapist and writer living in New York City. His book, My War, is forthcoming from Spork Press in 2022. His writing has appeared in The Surfer’s Journal, Jenkem, Weird Sister, The Poetry Foundation, No, Dear, The Brooklyn Poet’s Anthology, EMOCEAN, and elsewhere. He is the host of the podcast Dear Shredder, via Swell Season Radio a podcast that looks at “mental health issues through a shredder’s lens, and shredding issues through a mental health lens. It also aims to reducing stigma around mental illness/mental health care in skate and surf communities.”