Carlo Matos, Poet and MMA Cage Fighter and BlazeVOX Author!
Read all about him in This Magnificent Life (Aus)
Q: How does MMA cage fighting, the most brutal sport around inform and affect your poetry and life?
MMA is the thing that makes my life tenable. When I train, I get rid of all the stress. I get to do something that requires a great deal of focus and mental acuity but has nothing at all to do with words or ideas. It clears my mind and makes me a better teacher, husband, and most importantly, dad. My fighters all think I'm a mellow guy, which is hilarious because anyone who knew me before I did MMA would have a very different response. Recently, however, I have been interested in writing about MMA. It's actually much harder than I thought. Again, I'm not doing non-fiction pieces. But, my new manuscript actually has a character who is an MMA fighter and so you get some musings and some scenes about it and about fighting. But it certainly isn't - at least thus far - a good subject matter for my poetry.
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