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Interview: “Seamlessly Together” by Demark Manigo

“Seamlessly Together” takes the reader on a personal voyage to unconditional love. Through spiritual allusions and heartfelt diction, Demark Manigo awakens the reader to a vibrant realm of infinite possibilities and the mystical forces that entwine us all. Page by page, the reader’s sixth sense will be jolted wide awake as they connect with the poet, themselves, and God himself at a soul-level. These poetic snippets of cosmic love and compassion go beyond what one may expect out of a standard love poem. Instead, each masterfully crafted piece serves as a portal to a vibrant dimension of being.

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Good afternoon, Demark! I’m excited to be speaking with you today. What inspired the creation of this beautiful collection of poetry?

I had been experiencing a series of life changing events that really required me to spend a lot of time alone reflecting and planning. One night I was just sitting in my car and I felt the urge to write about the things that were taking place within me. I grabbed a pen and paper and the words started coming out. After I wrote a couple poems, I felt led to share them. It was helping me sort through everything I was facing.

Poetry is quite therapeutic, and by sharing it, we help other as well. Who and/or what got you into poetry?

I would say that it was my childhood education that got me into poetry. The first time I heard a poem recited in class really ignited what was already there inside me.

After that, it was a lifelong partner. I found poetry in practically everything literature-wise. The Bible has amazing poetry in it. It helped connect me to my spirit. Shakespeare got me into my intellectual side. Edgar Allan Poe exposed my darkness and the inner emotions. William Blake’s “Songs of Innocence” and “Songs of Experience” were everything about what’s in my heart.

Oooh, in high school our chorus sang a choral arrangement of John Tavener’s “The Lamb.” The purity of the words just washes over me.

So many notable influences. I love it! What themes do you touch on in your book?

I touch on a few themes. The first is definitely intimacy that goes deeper than superficial interpretations of it. Then there’s forgiveness, especially after being bitter. Letting go of the attachments to triggers are touched on as well. Accountability is also touched on. Of course, love is the overarching theme of all.

That sounds absolutely wonderful. What poets influenced this creation?

Honestly, this work didn’t have a direct influence from any poet. I guess you could say the poets from my childhood: Poe, Blake, Shakespeare. I even include the poets of the Bible such as David, Solomon, Asaph, Isaiah, and the other Bible writers.

Do you have any more poetic projects on the horizon?

Yes, I do. I truly want to take this work as far as my creative mind can go first. I want it to be heard, seen, felt in different modalities like an audiobook, an album, a visual album, practically anything that the creative world can help anyone get that much closer to receiving the messages. I’m also working on another book as well.

Excellent. I wish you the best of luck. Any final thoughts?

I’m just grateful to be able to share what’s in my heart to others.

And I’m grateful you took some time out of your day to have this chat with me. Thank you! 😊🙏

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Evy Zen (formerly Eva PoeteX) is a mystic poetess, eclectic artist, fiction writer, and wellness advocate who calls the Greater Cleveland area home sweet home. Born a Clevelander with a Greek lineage, the arts started being a major part of her life the moment she picked up her first crayon. To date, dozens of Evy's writings have been featured in publications like Thought Catalog, The Journey Magazine, and Journey of the Heart: Women's Spiritual Poetry. As a spoken word poet, she has also had the opportunity to collaborate with numerous musicians across the globe. Currently, Evy is the Founding Editor of Poehemian Press and runs the decade-young poetry website www.Poehemian.com (formerly The Artistic Muse). Additionally, she is the author of several independently and locally published poetry books, including "Esoterra" and "Sacred Shapes." Furthermore, she works as a full-time freelance writer and editor. In 2012, Evy received a Bachelor of Arts degree (honors) in Creative Writing from Cleveland State University. She also obtained a Diploma (distinction) in Exercise Nutrition from Shaw Academy four years later. When she's not creating, Evy Zen recharges her batteries by reading her weight in books ("The Alchemist" by Paulo Coelho is her personal favorite), going on epic bike rides, meditating to ambient music, and racing super cars behind the safety of her computer or TV screen. To find out more, visit her official website at www.evyzen.com.

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