Busting Out of The Man Box with Cameron Conaway Episode 95, May 29, 2018
This week, journalist, poet, and speaker, Cameron Conaway, drops in for a discussion around modern masculinity, art, and his path from mixed martial arts to poetry. Cameron spent nearly a decade training to be a professional mixed martial artist, but while attending college at Penn State Altoona, he fell in love with poetry. To him, poetry was as much about mindful living and the radical pursuit of new perspectives as it was about writing.
Cameron’s sixth book, Man Box: Poems, is available now.
“Ultimate vulnerability. That’s manly.” ~Cameron Conaway
Topics Covered Include:
How did an interest in mixed martial arts AND poetry unfold?
- Being told to “man up.”
Have you always written poetry?
What is the “man box?”
How do we bust out?
The impact of a meditation about his father.
The perception of poetry and sexual orientation.
How he got into investigative journalism.
Does the Man Box exist in all the different countries and societies he’s visited?
Have you always been interested in topics related to masculinity?
What’s the response been to your poetry?
Can you describe your artistic process?
Changes that the 2016 election caused in the book.
Cameron also shares a few poems from his book.
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See Cameron Conaway Recite the Featured Poem from His Book ‘Man Box: Poems’
Man Box – Poems illuminates the seemingly insignificant patriarchal forces that manifest into a toxic masculinity capable of damaging lives and our planet.
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