TWEETING KORPRALPUNCHMEN: THEBPLOT INTERVIEWS KATHY POLENBERG
A follower of the TheBPlot on Twitter is “Korpralpunchmen,” also known as Long Branch resident, poet and artist Kathy Polenberg.
Despite our friendship being purely digitally-driven, Kathy – with 140-characters-or-less tweets such as “peoples inability to tolerate a lack of immediate response has spread to nature: a tree fell in a forest and texted in the sound with a forward” and “had my writing nominated for the prestigious Shoppingcart Prize: p/u turkey, breadcrumbs, cornstarch, bring coupon for laundry soap” – brightens my laptop screen.
HUNTING LOCAL DISH LIKE RABID DOGS… “YOU SAY WHO” EVERY WEEK
TBP: Where did you get your Twitter name, Korpralpunchmen?
Kathy: My initials…I was trying to use a real name but everything was taken. I was moving the letters like scrabble and ended up with a sound like Corporal Punishment (which I do not advocate – Scrabble and other board games rip families apart and cause premature drug use).
TBP: Where did that sense of humor come from?
Kathy: Betrayal, trauma and hardship starting at a very early age. Oh, and near-genius intelligence.
TBP: Do your daughters and husband think you are as funny as I do?
Kathy: I never poll the audience. I will find out when I am dead.
TBP: What is the secret to being married for 28 years, to Howie?
Kathy: I have a partner who doesn’t let me do what I want – he helps me do what I want. And I do the same for him. Charity really does begin at home as a transaction between two people.
TBP: You have lived at the shore for decades, what about all these new fancy-pants places around here charging $15 for a drink or a hamburger now?
Kathy: I have no idea if that is high anymore. In 1981 my wedding dress from Bamberger’s cost what I spend at Foodtown getting “fill-ins.”
TBP: What is a tech invention that is ruining us?
Kathy: Touch screen art activities for children. If they can’t ruin your carpet then there’s no process engaging the child’s limbic system and amygdala.
TBP: You are a huge supporter of the arts here.
Kathy: There is such a wealth of energy coming from the people my adult kid’s age. The young artists are more generous than the old farts too – they welcome participation from all who want in the conversation.
TBP: I want to meet you. After the Writer’s Festival, where can we find you, besides on Twitter?
Kathy: The Writer’s Fest is five minutes among a bunch of other people with five minutes. Like traffic court, you won’t notice me unless I make the Bench angry.
After the Fest, wherever there is a guy painting another guy – I’ll be there.
KathyPolenberg.com has more.
THEBPLOT = THE AREA’S MOST-READ FEATURES SITE