Meet the Poets - Peter Navratil

Peter has competed before. And he always…uh…says things. He talks. He’s a talker. Words cannot describe Peter’s particular brand of performance poetry. But you will love him…or something else. Come see him September 15th under the stars at Stuart Park!


1) When did you first get started writing? 

I wrote my first real poem
When out from the womb
There released a great tremor
And a hero did bloom

            While this was occurring I was somewhere in high school taking spelling tests and learning about onomatopeia. It was probably around then.

2) Who are your favourite poets? 

Sherman Alexie, Milo, Why?, Sabrina Benaim, your dog.

3) What are some inspirations, other than poetry, for your work

Sometimes I drink radiator fluid and watch the stars.

4) If you were a vegetable, what vegetable would you be?

If I was a vegetable I would be one of those vegetables that no one wants. The kind that you come and visit once but notice no flicker of life or see anything to give hope of it getting better. The skin is all wrinkly and off-colour, there are bruises from the smallest of abrasions, it is too weak to hold a meal of any sustenance, too old to spread the seeds. You agree I had a good life but when it is time it is time and you should just cut your losses and compost me.

5) If you were in Lord of the Rings, which character would you be?

You know that one orc when Merry and Pippin are being captured? In the chase just after Frodo and Sam peace out on their own? The one that says “What about their legs? They don’t need those.” And then that other orc guy yells “They. Are not. For eating!” Yeah, I would be that first guy.