Clementine von Radics has quickly become one of our favorite writers here at You Are Remarkable. Her words have the remarkable ability to make you feel as if you can take on the world. Many fans of her writing have gotten tattoos to permanently wear her beautiful words on their bodies. It’s easy to see why one would want to carry her words so closely. When you read her words they almost feel as if they were written for you, about you, at that very moment. We are honored to be able to share her with you. Enjoy. You can check out our personal favorite poem here.
What is your name?
Eriel Clementine von Radics
How old are you?
22, nearly 23.
What makes you feel remarkable?
Accomplishing my goals, and then immediately setting higher goals for myself.
If you are having a sub-par day, what do you do &/or say to make yourself feel good again?Snuggle my cat and drink red wine.
Where do you think love hides?
I didn’t know it was hiding. I’m finding it just fine.
When do you feel most loved?
When I’m at home.
What inspired you to put yourself & your poetry out there on the internet?
There’s no way to lose when you’re unknown and you put your work online for free. Either no one notices it, and your right where you started, or people find it and start to pay attention to you, and that’s how your career begins.
Do you receive much negativity on your tumblr site? if so, how do you deal with it?
Very little. Most of it is when I speak out for women or against ableism. I try to not let that become the majority of my interactions. I want to be seen as a writer, not an activist, but lately it’s been clear to me that I do have a platform and I should use it responsibly. People have started to listen when I speak, so I want to speak about the things that are important to me.
What is your favourite rainy day activity?
I live in Portland, Oregon. Every activity is a rainy day activity!
What do you think is the most beautiful thing about people?
Unbridled enthusiasm and joy.
When you hear the word “beautiful” what image immediately pops up in your mind?
My boyfriend’s face. (I know, I know)
When you started your tumblr what were your expectations? Did you expect to build such a huge following?
No, I didn’t. I never had the confidence to believe I could be a professional writer, but writing became my full time job within six months of starting my blog. I am extremely humbled and grateful by that.
You tackle many tough subjects in your pieces including sexuality, chronic illness, domestic violence, & the media’s warped perceptions, are there any subjects you won’t write about publicly?
I don’t write negative things about people who are good to me. I don’t write about problems with my family, given or chosen. Those are people who love me and support my work, and I’m not about to thank them for that support by airing our dirty laundry.
Why do you think it’s important to write about these subjects?
I don’t always think it’s important to write about. I usually write on a subject because I have a lot of feelings that I need to process and I think that it’s something that will resonate with my audience. And then there are some that I write because I get angry that there is not enough writing like it in the world. Lately I’ve been very interested in trying to write about traumatic or divisive experiences without moralizing them.
What makes you feel hope?
“Anytime I see an interracial couple older than my dad, anywhere in the world, on a bus, holding hands, I can’t help but think the battle is already won”
-Tim “Toaster” Henderson
Who do you think is a remarkable person?
Any female writer is my hero.
How much do you think you’ve changed in the last ten years?
I’m not in the 7th grade anymore, for one thing.
What is the best thing that has happened to you in the last year?
Getting my book deal with Andrews McMeel. All the traveling I’ve been able to do because of my writing
Where do you find confidence?
Why do you think feminism is important?
I feel there are very obvious discrepancies in equality and perception of roles in our society, and people of all genders are harmed by patriarchal thinking. I think feminism has to tie in to an overarching discussion of social justice. The issues of all marginalized people must be part of that discussion. I am a feminist because I believe that dialogue is necessary and want to be a part of it.
What were your goals when you started Where Are You Press?
I liked the idea of bringing legitimacy to the online poetry community. I had a lot of success with my first book, and I felt I could help recreate that with other poets. I reached out to poets I had always admired, like Kristina Haynes and Meggie Royer, and it grew from there.
How has the reception been for Where Are You Press?
We’ve more than doubled in size in the past year, I hope to keep up that momentum
Do you have a favorite piece that you’ve written?
I really like “For Teenage Girls With Wild Ambitions And Trembling Hearts
Do you have a favorite piece, from another poet, published through Where Are You Press?
They’re all amazing. I have a soft spot in my heart for our first Where Are You Poet contest winner, Until I Learned What It Meant, by Yena Sharma Purmasir
What are your three favourite books?
I have a hard time answering questions like this, but right now, off the top of my head,
- The Unexpurgated Diaries of Henry and June, Anais Inn
- Slouching Towards Bethlehem, Joan Didion
- Angels In America, Tony Kushner
Where do you live?
Tell us about your part of the world.
Come visit. There’s lots of trees and water and good food.
What should others do to make the world a better place?
Engage with it wholeheartedly in the ways you feel you can best contribute
What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
There’s not a shortcut to being a good writer. The best mentor, pedigree, any of it, it’s all useless without putting in the hours to learn and practice.
What is one piece of advice you would tell your high-school self?
Just knuckle down and survive, it’s going to get so much better soon.
How do you deal with failure?
Take time to grieve, then let it be a spike in your gut that inspires you to fight harder.
Any final last words for our readers?
Being tough and soft-hearted is really brave and cool.
“For My Mother When She Doesn’t Feel Beautiful”.
Don’t worry about your body.
It isn’t as small as it once was,
But honestly, the world needs more of you.
You look in the mirror
like you’ve done something wrong,
But you look perfect.
Anyone who says otherwise is telling a lie
to make you feel weak,
and you know better.
You’ve survived every single day
for as long as you’ve been alive.
You could spit fire if you wanted.