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INTERVIEW: “Ariadne: Now and Then” by thedeadB3AT

A modern-day love story intertwined with the classic romance of Dionysus and Ariadne.


I’m here today with thedeadB3AT to have a chat about his debut poetry book, “Ariadne: Now and Then.” So, let’s start off with question number one: What is the inspiration behind this collection?

I have always admired the love story between Dionysus and Ariadne from Greek mythology, and I met my Ariadne, who inspired me to write this collection.

That’s really sweet! A dual love story all in one. When did your love of writing enter your life?

I’ve been writing since I can remember, but my focus shifted to mainly poetry and lyrics during my college years. I enjoy the freedom poetry gives me, through the rhythm and all the other aspects. It’s like a symphony of chaos at times.

A symphony of chaos… I like it! What are some of the themes that you included in your book?

Love. Self-destruction. Parallel Universes. Awakening.

I enjoy the freedom poetry gives me.

Wonderful! I particularly intrigued by that third one. Who/what are some of your major poetic influences?

My influences are all over the place. As far as poetry, it’s anything from Jim Morrison and Bob Dylan to Neil Hilborn and Billy Collins. And love. Always love.

Yes, love certainly is the ultimate muse! How did this poetry book come to be?

For this collection, I conducted research around the tale of Dionysus and Ariadne before outlining the two parallel storylines. I tend to plan for a collection for a month or so and then write chaotically for several days and take what I think works.

That sounds reasonable. Is there anything else you’d like to add?

As Dionysus and Ariadne come together, so do two young lovers in this obscure yet breathtaking collection of poetry.

Thank you so much for having this chat with me. I had a good time speaking with you. Never stop writing, my friend!
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INTERVIEW: “Poetic Secrets” by Harmeet Kaur Bharya๐Ÿ’–

An insightful collection of poetry touching on themes such as mindfulness, healing, mental health, love and heartbreak. Tenderly explores and brings light to growing topical issues such as infertility.

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A happy Wednesday to you, Harmeet! Today, you and I will be talking all about your new poetry book, Poetic Secrets. What inspired this particular creation?

The inspiration came from my life experiences, happy and sad. Writing became therapy and then healing. At this point, I decided I wanted to help others.

Writing as an act of helping others… That’s a wonderful creative objective! When did you first start writing poetry?

I began writing poetry at the age of 16 and my passion grew as I began to study English literature, and I have been writing ever since.

That’s fantastic! I’m glad you’ve been writing ever since. What are some of the themes that you touch on?

The themes I explore in my poetry are anxiety, depression, infertility, cultural truths, racism, self-healing and love because I have first-hand experience in each one.

I want to break some of the taboos associated with talking about these themes and to raise awareness, that has been the biggest influence. The encouragement comes from my late father who said I should get my poetry published one day.

You definitely touch on a lot of different subjects–all of which are extremely important. It’s wonderful that you give a voice to such vital aspects of the human experience. How do you typically go about a writing session?

Sometimes I get a flood of thoughts and I canโ€™t quite organise them in my mind and put them to sleep, so this is where writing comes in. I have to write them out or I canโ€™t stop thinking about it. I normally scribble down my thoughts and then spend some time trying to put them into a poetic form. Sometimes the sentences just flow out naturally. I love rhyme and although society is saying itโ€™s outdated, I want to bring it back because I love writing in rhyme. I write other forms too but rhyme has to be my favourite.

It’s quite cathartic to put those thoughts and feelings on paper. It’s also takes some courage, especially to pubish a book and have others read those thoughts that are deep within your mind, heart, and soul. Thank you so much for shedding some light on this lovely collection of poems. I wish you all the best, Harmeet! ๐Ÿ’–

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harmeet.jpgHarmeet Kaur Bharya was born and raised in the London Borough of Redbridge where she lived with her parents and sister. She started writing poetry at the age of sixteen and went on to study English Literature.

She completed her degree in BSc Computer Science during a challenging time when her father passed on. She went on to become a Junior Web Developer at the University of Hertfordshire where she graduated. She later progressed in her career and took on the role of Project Manager when Book Depository became a subsidiary of Amazon.

The inspiration for her poetry stems from a timeline of sorrow, from some very ugly experiences since the age of eleven, to illness and the loss of loved ones, heartbreak, secondary infertility and miscarriage, anxiety and depression.

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Standing Still ๐Ÿ’ฎ

Together, letโ€™s stand still
in this present moment
instilled with the purity
that the white begonias enveloping us evoke.
And in this serene standstill,
let us see each other sans our eyes,
feel each other without our hands,
step into one anotherโ€™s universes
without taking a single step.

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INTERVIEW: “Anytime Rhymes” by Kat Parker

Welcome to my brain! Here we have a collection of poems from my life and daily observations of the wonderous world around us. Topics range from the serious and concerning to hopeful and romantic. Sometimes we need a reminder we are not alone, and this book is it. I am shouting loud and proud that I am a perfectly imperfect human!

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Good afternoon, Kat! Poetry that celebrates the perfection of human imperfection is my favorite kind, so you can imagine how excited I am to be having this interview with you. I’d love to know the what inspiration behind this poetic creation was.

My inspiration for this book was feeling like I had no place to express my thoughts on so many topics we should be discussing as a global community.

Kat_Parker_BWA collection of poetry certainly is a great form of expression! When did poetry become your passion?

I’ve always dabbled in it but life and a full-time job took up much of my time. When my close friend and mentor passed away unexpectedly, I didn’t want to let another day pass without reaching for my dreams and one of those dreams was to share my creations with the world.

I’m so sorry to hear about that, but it sounds like that pushed you to not let this beautiful life pass you by. I’m glad you’re actualizing this dream. What are some of the key messages in Anytime Rhymes?

I want everyone to feel like they have a voice and that they matter, even those that may not speak our language. I don’t mean English or other languages but more like those that are scared to speak out or those that can’t (animals).

Serving as a voice for the voiceless… That’s very powerful! Who/what are some of your main influencers along your creative writing path?

My life and those that have been (even if briefly) a part of my life and this journey we’re all on together. I believe we can have a better world for all if we work together. I am but a small cog in this grand machine we call life.

That’s a very humbling perspective to have! Next, I’d like to know what your word-weaving process tends to look like.

I channel my feelings, whether it be anger, joy, frustration, excitement, or any of the other emotions we go through during our daily life, and this is my way to release it and share those feelings with our world.

I am but a small cog in this grand machine we call life.

How wonderful! So, Kat, is there anything else you would like to mention before we part ways?

Open and honest communication is the key to solving a lot of problems. Never be afraid to speak your truth.

Absolutely! I agree with that wholeheartedly. Thanks for your words of inspiration, fellow poet. Never put that pen down! ๐Ÿ™‚

 

 

 

 

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INTERVIEW: “Love Poems” by Dr. Tony Beizaee

A collection of romantic Love Poems intermingled with passages of spiritual enlightenment, LOVE POEMS promises to take the reader on a sublime journey of both written imagery and visual artwork by the author, guiding them to the truth behind what LOVE is and how it connects us allโ€ฆ

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A longtime leader and deep-thinker, Dr. Tony Beizaee presents his first book of poetry: Love Poems. A collection of romantic love poems intermingled with passages of spiritual enlightenment, Love Poems promises to take the reader on a sublime journey of both written imagery and visual artwork by the author, guiding them to the truth behind what love is and how it connects us all.

From the seas of passion to the faith in our hearts, from the ecstasy of two hearts becoming one to the unique bliss flowing from the fountain of togetherness, love pulls us toward each other. But it is not just the tendrils of love that bind us. God too plays a part. Because love is a fragment of heaven humanity has managed to grasp, and so has become a manifestation of divinityโ€”God is love, and love is God.


Hello there, Tony! I’m really looking forward to our chat today. This book is certainly inspired by love, but what about love brought this book into fruition?

My inspiration is the intense fragility and gentleness of love and learning to unfold all barriers within ourself to cultivate the divine music of sublimity in its purest, most innocent form.

You worded that so eloquently! So, how did writing poetry become a passion for you?

I love the arts and my paintings are sinuous idealized romanticism with touch of abstractionism. I wanted to evoke more emotions so my artworks could whisper my emotions, so I thought of giving them โ€œa voiceโ€ with beautiful poetry in order to enrich an emotional awareness and to inspire others to dream more.

That is beautiful, Tony. When striking images unite with poetic words, the overall meaning of the work is stengthened. What messages are the most prevelant throughout this poetry collection?

The message is to bestow love, humanity, and compassion. It is also to remember that we are love, the ultimate healer, and the ultimate manifestation of true LOVE.

It’s safe to say that all of these messages are quite profound. Now we know what inspired the book itself, but what inspires and influences you as a poet and artist in general?

I have been deeply touched by the Jewish mysticism of Kabbalah because it is all about seeking God through direct personal experience as well as loyalty of heart, which is a duty paramount to all others. I have also been shaped by the pearls of wisdom from many amazing writers like Isaac Bashevis Singer, Franz Kafka, Maimonides, Sir Winston Churchill, Elie Wiesel, and Amos Oz.

No wonder your passion is to create! With all that inspiration, your creativity is probably overflowing. I would also love to know a little bit about your writing process.

In respect to my writing process, I construct lines in my head, as I am blessed with creative imagination. I basically pick up a pencil and start writing to see what pours out. I love using colorful, emotional, and vivid words and phrases until I land on that field of that magical โ€œahaโ€ moment. It is indeed an untidy sort of process, because from time to time, a line of riveting sublimity comes as a gift, and the poem almost writes itself.

It’s amazing when a creation seems to create itself. It’s like magic! Is there anything else you’d like to add?

From the seas of passion to the faith in our hearts, from the ecstasy of two hearts becoming one to the unique bliss flowing from the fountain of togetherness, love pulls us toward each other. But it is not just the tendrils of love that bind us. God too plays a part. Because love is a fragment of heaven humanity has managed to grasp, and so has become a manifestation of divinity. God is love, and love is God.

Thank you for those heartfelt words and this heartfelt interview in general. All the best to you, fellow poet!