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INTERVIEW: “This Is Me” by Freya Pickard

Three Volumes of Freya Pickard’s poetry in one paperback! Inside is the tale of Freya’s darkest nightmare. Excerpts from her journal written whilst experiencing cancer will bring comfort and renewed determination to anyone dealing with a life-threatening illness. And, it is hoped, that those on the edges, watching from afar, will be able to identify with people who have cancer. My Mythology is a collection of poems inspired by myth and legend. Will you dare to walk on the fringes of fear or glance into the blank mirror? Are you brave enough to stand before the thunder god or receive the sun lord’s gifts? Can you survive the bewitching ocean song or escape from zombie mushrooms? Read on to discover your darkest fears and brightest dreams! This is Me is a poetical biography. Freya is both brutally honest and playfully elusive, depending on her mood. Her observations on the natural world and how it affects her body and mind, reveal a complex, female being.


Hello Freya! I must say, the premise of this book is not only intriguing but inspiring. Speaking of which, what inspired this lovely, empowering creation?

My inspiration for this book is Life and specifically about surviving cancer. I also write about what inspires me – fantastical worlds and heroic characters. This Is Me encapsulates my life between the ages of 20 and 45.

Empowering indeed. I’m glad you decided to write a book of poems that serves as a tool for coping, healing, and diving deep into imaginative worlds. When did writing become your passion and how did that all come about?

I have always written poetry! I can’t remember the first poem I wrote, but I enjoyed writing as a young child at school. When I went to college I was introduced to haiku by one of my lecturers and since then I have explored many forms of poetry as well as inventing my own; Freyan Verse.

Freyan Verse… I love it! Plus, your name is simply exquisite in general. Care to share some of the central messages in this collection?

My main message through This Is Me is the vital need we as humans have to survive. In facing death and overcoming cancer we are made stronger. When we go through difficult times in life, we can either let it make or break us. I also consider many varied themes in the second part, My Mythology. Here I explore all the legends, myths and true stories that have inspired me since I was a teenager.

How inspirational is that? Okay, now let’s talk influences. Who/what are yours?

JRR Tolkien played a huge part in my appreciation of poetry. His ancient lays gave me the feel for my own (e.g. Haldron and The Mermaid and the Quirat Prince). Other influences are too numerous to name individually. But I will say that Claudia Messelodi, Elizabeth Leaper and JulesPaige have all inspired and influenced my poetry writing – usually by introducing me to forms I never knew existed and by helping me see things in a different way.

In facing death and overcoming cancer we are made stronger. When we go through difficult times in life, we can either let it make or break us.

That’s wonderful! Do you have a specific writing process? If so, what does it normally consist of?

I am still not sure what “a writing process” is! I just write. Every day. Right now I am writing a new novel in my journal. I write a page each day which amounts to around 160 words. When I don’t want to write prose, I write a poem. I use everyday inspiration to write about real life as well as exploring speculative poetry. I write because I have to. Without words I would go mad!

Spoken by a true writer. I find it amazing that you take the time to write every single day. That takes some mad discipline, so go you! Are there any concluding words that you’d like to share with everybody?

When reading This Is Me, remember that this really is me, without any pretence or disguise. If you read my poetry, you will understand me far better than the people who know me face-to-face but who do not read my works!

That’s such a beautiful final sentiment to wrap this interview up with. Thank you so much for chatting with me, Freya. This has certainly been an insightful interview. All the best!


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Freya2Freya doesn’t write about imaginary worlds; she writes about imaginative ones. These are worlds that could be real in a parallel universe or another time dimension. She does not promote escapism; instead she takes her readers into a refreshing place so that they return to their normal lives feeling strengthened and renewed. A cancer survivor, Freya is inspired by her garden, a variety of music and beautifully written books. Freya Pickard has now published eight books. To find out more about the author, visit her official website at www.dragonscaleclippings.wordpress.com

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Posted in Love Poetry

I Remember (poem) 💙

By being with you,
I forget fear,
Forget about the black oceans
that chase after my breath and jubilant emotions,
About the black hole that demands my soul,
The inner critic that only spews bitter winter,
Storm clouds that stalk me like blood hounds,
Thorn bushes that beg for me to worship them,
adorn my heart with them.
Tidal waves whose shadows darken my days.

By being with you,
I remember the innermost me,
The sunbeam me,
The celestial succubus me,
The self that is a living heaven despite Hell’s persistent spell.

I remember that I’m not those dying embers;
I’m the blue hue in a growing fire.

I now know that we don’t fall in love, we soar.
The only direction you take me is
higher and higher.
In rediscovering my inner peace
through you,
I forgot my 28-year inner war.

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📖INTERVIEW: “7 and a Crescent” by Keith Howze II🌙

0001__EditedA book of short poems expressing deep moments, written in a simple and touching style, to bring moments of calm and reflection into your busy day.

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Hello there, Keith! I’m thrilled to be chatting with you on this fine spring day. Thanks for taking the time to talk for a bit. I’m interested in hearing about your inspiration for 7 and a Cresent.

Throughout my existence I have suffered and endured just as anyone else has the capacity to do so. In this book, you find a clear exemplification of growth, indefatigable perseverance, and the development of irrefutable love for myself as well as others.

That sounds immensely beautiful and poignant. When did that creating writing spark first enter your life?

I’ve been writing creatively since the 3rd grade. During my time as a foster child, I was approached by a Native American poetry teacher that taught me how to use my words to tear down the walls around me. He gave me freedom. The freedom to depart from the facts of a matter or from the conventional rules of language when speaking or writing in order to create an effect, specifically.

It’s educators like that that really transform academia as we know it. What an empowering experience that must’ve been. What are some central themes in this collection of poetry?

Self-love and progressive ruminations of enlightenment and altruism.

Again, how immensely beautiful! What are some of your major influences?

Love and misery as vast and ephemeral as the ocean.

Wonderful answer! Quite poetic, too. So, what about your poetry-writing process?

I strive consistently to be an eclectic writer and artist. In that, my process is always changing, subsequently providing me with room to grow and apply new concepts, ideas, and techniques. Writing while on a train or boat fills me with the most joy.

Brilliantly put! And writing on a train or boat would be amazing. Are there any concluding thoughts you’d like to share with anyone who’s reading this?

Thinking is recognizing causes and that is the only way in which sensations become insight. Meaning and reality aren’t somewhere beyond things, they are in them. In everything.

Such powerful words! This interview has certainly been both enlightening and inspiring. Thanks again, Keith!


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📖INTERVIEW: “Rainbows & Dreams” by Michelle Murray🌈

🌈A book of poetry ranging from nature, to musings, to Native American inspiration. Poetry that inspires and takes you away to far away places.🌈

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Poetic musings inspired by the Great Spirit, Gaia, and her beautiful inhabitants… Needless to say, I’m very excited to be talking to you about your poetry book, Michelle! Other than those three elements, what else inspired Rainbows & Dreams?

My inspiration came from life experiences and various other places, including people, songs, and walks through my neighborhood, as well as thinking at lunch, sitting, reading, a song that played on the radio, or a saying that stuck with me. My inspiration comes from many places and in many forms.

That’s a lot of inspiration right there! Your book certainly is multidimensional. How did your passion for writing poetry come to be?

I started writing poetry in high school, and was lucky to win various contests and be featured in “Whos Who Among American Poets.” I took a break to raise my children, and now I’m trying to get my work out again.

That’s wonderful! I’m glad you’ve been reconnecting with your poetic spirit as of late. So, we now know what inspired you to write Rainbows & Dreams, and now I’d like to know more about the central message of the book as a whole.

The main message I try to convey is hope and to keep going. Life can get you down but there is always another day and another chance if you are willing to take it.

That is such a beautiful message. What poets influence you the most? What inspires you in general?

I love Shakespeare, Mark Twain, and Robert Frost. I also enjoy music and books.

Excellent choices! What does your creative writing process usually entail?

I don’t really have a writing process. I think of something and start writing, then go back and revise if I don’t like it. I’m trying to get in the habit of writing daily but it’s harder than it seems.

Daily writing certainly can be challenging, but it’s infinitely more rewarding. Kudos to you for setting the bar so high. I wish you the best of luck with that goal, any future work you’re planning on putting out there, and everything else in life. Is there anything else you’d like to add?

I’d love to share my work and get thoughts on it. Please feel free to contact me with questions or comments!

Thank you so much, Michelle! Chatting with you has been a complete and utter pleasure. Be blessed always.


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Hello! My name is Michelle Lee Murray. I am a married working mother of two fine young men. I live in Wisconsin. When not writing I enjoy reading, especially science fiction/fantasy and classics. I also enjoy doing painting, crafts and spending time with my family. I also enjoy going for walks and swimming.

 

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Hades (poem)

There is Hades’ fury burrowed
into those smile lines,
Black holes in your sky eyes.

A micro fisherman sits
in your sailboat of a smile.
Your tongue, the bait.
Those who you thought
Were closest to you
are like starving fish,
drawn to your every word,
but even when they suck
that tongue dry,
they’re still famished.

Your eyes don’t drizzle,
nor do they pour—they monsoon
at the thought of others deeming
you as evil just because you wear
darkness on your sleeve
better than most.

It’s a crime to think that a human
is all good or that a human is all evil.
Those who have figuratively killed men
have still loved their children,
saved bumblebees from drowning
in pools, helped their arthritic
neighbor rake leaves.

(Those who have actually killed in the name of cold blood…
Were their hearts always that Arctic cold?
I’m still having a hard time having compassion for everyone,
especially the ones who wronged in ways that leach hope from humanity.)

Those who have loved wholly and deeply
have still lied when it served them,
walked past homeless women
and didn’t spare a single coin
from their jingling pockets,
drove past a turtle attempting
its suicide tread across sliver
of rush-houred highway.

So the next time you see
some Hades behind someone’s stare,
know that you’re no different.

Light isn’t a standalone beacon.
Darkness is her companion;
the reason why we keep seeing stars.