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INTERVIEW: “Poetic Secrets” by Harmeet Kaur Bharya💖

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 can’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 can’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 I love rhyme and although society is saying it’s outdated, I want to bring it back because I love writing in rhyme.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! 💖

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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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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! 🙂

 

 

 

 

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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 all…

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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 divinity—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 “a voice” 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 “aha” 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!

 

 

 

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INTERVIEW: “Psyche’s Poetry: Beauty to Awaken the Soul” by Pamela S Alexander

“Psyche’s Poetry: Beauty to Awaken the Soul” is a beautiful collection of stirring spiritual verse written to reveal universal truths and lead you to a fuller understanding of your inherent value, deeper purpose, and to greater consciousness. Within these pages, poet Pamela S. Alexander invites people of all religions, denominations, and philosophies to join her in the human adventure of remembering who you really are.

We all have innate gifts, but sometimes they can require effort to recognize and be difficult to share. As you allow the words of these poems to settle gently in your mind, heart, and soul, you will gain clarity and grow in the confidence to be true to yourself and your calling as you embark on your own journey to truth.

Embody the truth
Be a light
Live from the Self
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Good morning, Pamela. This blog I run is quite mystical in nature, so it’s particularly exciting chatting about your poetry collection. Spirituality is an obvious inspiration, but can you elaborate on what really brought this book to life?

The poetry in this book is written spontaneously and is given to me like a gift from spirit. I will feel a poem coming, sit down, write the words, and then read the poem. All of this normally occurs within a minute or so. I sometimes will change a word or two around if the flow doesn’t feel right, but otherwise they just emerge fully formed. When I read the poems I am often surprised how they speak to where I am and serve as inspiration for myself and others.

The basic premise is much like that of my other book. The soul comes into the world and is conditioned by those around it to believe it is a body, thoughts, emotions, and beliefs. Many of us are told how to live, who to be, and what is true. There isn’t any reason to question the story we are told and so most of us just adopt those beliefs. The re-awakening to the soul is an inner journey and not an outer one. The inner fulfillment is what we seek, although we’ve been conditioned to believe that the fulfillment we seek is in the outer world.

The poems are about remembering and returning to the soul in order to live from a place of authenticity, wholeness, and peace.

That is so beautifully poignant. Color me inspired! May you please get into your journey as a writer a bit?

I was talking to my sister on the phone one day and she said she couldn’t remember much from our childhood. When I got off the phone, I thought about what she said. I sat down and wrote some of my memories of us. I sent it to her. The next time I was on the phone with her she asked, “Where did you find that poem? It sounded exactly like our childhood.” I was confused, I’d forgotten about what I wrote, “What are you talking about?” I asked. She said the poem that sounds like our summers on the farm. “Oh that, I wrote it,” I responded. “It was really good,” she said. I told my husband the story when he got home that night. He said, “Why didn’t you let me read it?” I was surprised by his comment, “because I didn’t think it was anything to share.” He asked to read it and then told me it was really good.

I decided to play around with writing poems. They were initially about things I knew about, like family members, experiences, and challenging emotions. At some point, they began to change and they just flowed easily and completely in the matter of a few minutes and were about the spiritual journey.

The re-awakening to the soul is an inner journey and not an outer one.

That truly is amazing! What main themes make up your poetry book?

When I started to put the poems together for this book, I grouped them into these subjects: soul, nature, freedom, love and beauty, guides, spirit, home, and heaven on earth.

Sounds absolutely lovely. What poets influence you the most?

I only began reading poetry once I wrote it. I tend to gravitate toward the spiritual writers like Rumi and Hafiz.

Yes! Gotta love those mystic poets. I’m a fan of Rumi myself. What would you like people to get out of your book upon first reading it?

The spiritual journey can sometimes feel lonely because the culture and most of the things in it are on one track and we are kind of going in the opposite direction. It is helpful to feel like you have someone who understands where you are and what you are going through. I want people to feel inspired to continue on this journey, even when things feel difficult and they feel challenged. I want them to remember there are more of us out there and that someone cared enough to put this book together for them.

How heartfelt is that? It’s evident that your entire heart and soul goes into your work, and I really admire that. Would you like to add anything else?

The art in the book is mine as well.

That’s wonderful, Pamela! I love that you both wrote and illustrated this exquisite poetic creation. Thank you very much for sharing everything that you shared. Whatever you do, don’t ever stop sharing your inspirational worlds with the world!💜

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🌌Interview: “bring your quiet nights” by Nadia Grant🌌

“bring your quiet nights” is a poetry collection exploring life’s extraordinary joys, dismal lows and the quirks and confusion in between. It is broken into three district phases of life:

🌌Part 1 – All the things they don’t warn you about.
🌌Part 2 – They say what doesn’t kill you makes you feel like dying.
🌌Part 3 – There is light, and when you find it, don’t let go.

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Hello there, Nadia! I’m excited to chat with you about your debut poetry book, “bring your quiet nights.” First thing’s first: I’d love to discuss what your inspiration for this collection of poems was.

I wrote the poems through my twenties – I had a lot of quiet nights alone not knowing what to do with how I felt. I know that for me and a lot of other people, it’s a confusing age – figuring out what you want to do with yourself, falling in love, having your heart torn out for the first time. It’s also a time where a lot of us face death for the first time, in friends or in family – and muddles the ideas we have about life even more.

Absolutely. Our twenties are quite a challenging yet transformative period of our lives. What got you into the written word and when did this avid interest come about?

In college I took a poetry writing class on a whim and discovered how terrible my poetry was. I started writing poetry seriously after that – about ten years ago now – to learn how to better turn feelings into words.

I love how a poetry class taken a whim has culminated into you writing more poetry and ultimately putting together this wonderful book of poems. If there’s a key takeaway from your book, what would it be?

“bring your quiet nights” is really about processing those early, formative years – sometimes years after the fact.

Mentally processing our lives and poetry really do go hand-in-hand. Who is your main writing influence if you had to pick?

Charles Bukowski inspired me that it was OK to write poetry and fiction without any flowery-ness. His writing has a grittiness that I really appreciate, but he can also make you crack a smile.

“bring your quiet nights” is really about processing those early, formative years.

I love Bukowski for that very reason! One more question: What does a typical writing session look like for you?

An idea for a poem more or less floats into my head – usually when I’m at work or on the bus, or some other inopportune moment. Sometimes it’s just a line and I know I need to write it down and come back to it later. Then when I have some time, I just sit with it and see what it turns into.

That’s the way to do it. Well, Nadia, thank you very much for having this interview with me! I really enjoyed speaking with you. 🌝

nadiaNadia K. Grant is an American writer, poet, and known “hopeful romantic” to her friends. She published her first poetry anthology “bring your quiet nights” in June 2018. Her debut novel “Love and Blackmail” will be released in July 2018.

 

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