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! 🙂