The World We Live In: A Poetry Book On Societal Issues by Poet Jamell Crouthers focuses on fictional characters that chronicle life experiences that they’ve dealt with through poetry. Each person discusses an experience that has changed and impacted them in ways they never thought of. These people only have names. Race or ethnicity is not discussed because the goal is to feel, understand and relate to their experiences.
“Societal Issues” is in the subtitle, so I can certainly tell that influenced your writing quite a bit. But what would say initially inspired you to write this poetry book?
My inspiration for this book is there are so many issues in the world that don’t get discussed openly. We all experience things differently but they need to be discussed more.
I couldn’t agree more with you! This collection stands out to me already, but what’s another element that makes it stand out?
My writing is different than others. It’s not the traditional reading of a book. I wrote in poetry format because it’s an easier read and I feel you get a different experience reading it in poetry format.
Interesting. Poetry does tend to appeal to the emotions differently than prose. What are some of the main topics that are showcased in the book?
My prevalent themes in my book are domestic violence, drug abuse, gambling addiction, depression, rape and many others.
Those are all very important matters to bring to the forefront. It may not be easy to read or even write about, but I’m glad there are poets out there who bring other people’s awareness to such things. That being said, how do you typically go about writing?
My writing process is a lot of brainstorming, writing down ideas in a blue book with different colored pens. I think about a lot before I write and then when I sit down to write, I listen to relaxing electronic music and let the words flow without having any writer’s block. I’m productive in the afternoons and at night mostly. Once I get a zone, I can write for a good 2-3 hours straight.
I can definitely relate! Especially the part about writing mostly at night. Before I conclude this interview, would you like to share some final thoughts?
I would like to thank GOD for blessing me with the gift and ability to write and story tell. I have to thank my parents for all of their support and listening to all of my crazy ideas and process with my writing. To all of my close friends who are there to give me ideas, I thank you. I want to thank the readers who have supported me. I have many more books coming in the future!
And thank you for talking about your recent poetry book with me, Jamell! It was a pleasure learning more about it and you as a writer.
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