Take a journey into a heart on display with this stellar collection of poems that span a short, but emotionally driven lifetime. Follow the author Victoria Wilder as she shares with you her most vulnerable thoughts.
This collection includes poems previously published, as well as never-before-seen works from the author.
In her own words, “each [poem is] a snapshot of my heart through various times. I ask that you are kind, for you’ll see that my heart is more fragile than she seems.”
Victoria’s words are often empowering, sometimes funny, and always powerful. She speaks with an awareness of her own flaws, but seeks to embrace the greatness she believes all people possess. If you’re looking to be touched and inspired, this book is for you!
Good evening, Victoria! From the description and title alone, I’m eager to hear more about your book! What inspired it into existence?
VdmC is a collection of works from my youth to now. The poems inside were inspired by love, heartbreak, healing, loss, and spiritual growth.
As a mystic poet, I particulately resonte with the latter; however, all of these things serve as a powerhouse of inspiration. How did your passion for poetry come about?
I’ve been writing poetry for as long as I can remember. As a child, I played around with Seussian pieces, then I fell in love with EB Browning and a few others. Poetry’s always been a method of expression for me.
So, it’s been a lifelong love of yours. I’m happy to hear that! I’m sure there are plenty of central messages in your book, but can you name some of them anyway?
I suppose I want the reader to feel connected to someone. Technically, that someone would be me, but I mean on a deeper level. I want the reader to know that life, with all its ups and downs, can be a beautiful and richly felt experience–that it can be joyous. Healing can happen any time, and no one truly suffers alone. You just have to reach out and connect to others. I guess the overall message is that love and truth are stronger than any darkness we might come across.
That certainly is an impactful message. What an inspiration you are! Who are your main creative influences?
As a kid, I adored Elizabeth Barrett Browning and carried around a huge collection of her works. I was also into Poe, Shel Silverstein, and Oscar Wilde. I found poetry in old classic stories all the time and enjoyed British Lit a lot more than other kids my age. I’m sure that had a big influence on some of my work.
[L]ife, with all its ups and downs, can be a beautiful and richly felt experience.
What wonderful influences! So, do you have much of a writing process or does it vary?
Most of my poetry is spur-of-the-moment. A word, a sound, a phrase–something will come to my mind and from that I’ll lead to a new image. Sometimes a story is told. At other times, it can be more abstract. Often, I’ll have an emotional experience and the only way for me to understand it is to write it out. That can take the form of a poem or short piece or song lyrics. My process changes with my mindset.
That makes perfect sense! I think I may already know the answer to this one, but if you could meet any poet from the past, who would it be and why?
That would, of course, be EB Browning. She was bedridden most of her life due to illness, but managed to live a full life. The emotion in her poetry is so powerful. I’d love to hear about her life and see the strength I always imagined she had in person.
Great choice! It takes some amazing perserverance to live life to the fullest even when bedridden. Is there anything else you like to mention about your book and any upcoming ones?
Voix de ma Coeur is a collection of poems spanning nearly two decades, and I’m rather proud to finally have it out in the world. I hope to also have my debut novel, Lullaby of the Lilitu, available in 2019. Visit my website to learn more about that and read more of my work. The links are included below.
My hope is to not only live a joyful and fulfilled life, but to somehow inspire others to do the same. Thank you so much for this delightful interview. I send out love to all your readers!
You are so sweet! Thank you. What an inspirational interview this has been. Best of luck with all of your endeavors, fellow poet.
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Victoria Wilder is a New York-based author currently revising her debut novel, Lullaby of the Lilitu, first in her series, The Acheron Journals.
She wrote her first “book” in the fourth grade for a writing competition featuring a haunting at a sleepover. From that, she won her first ever prize, sparking a passion for writing that has followed her into adulthood.
Victoria has been an avid reader for longer than she could talk. She has always loved dark, romantic tales and classic horror. Her favorite books as a child were Romance novels, R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps series, and Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles.