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📖 INTERVIEW with Azer on His New Poetry Book 📖

Savage Fantasies and True Love: A small collection of poems by [Azer] Savage Fantasies and True Love is a small but amazing collection of poems by young and upcoming poet Azer. It’s an untamed and unpolished glimpse into his mind. Azer neither censors himself, nor does he try to hide any part of his persona. It’s something that can be felt in his writing. This collection includes primal emotions, plain boredom, and even cheesy love, all in the same collection. In a world where everything feels planned and packaged, Savage Fantasies and True Love has that unpolished feel to it that really let’s you connect with the writer. Even if you’re not well-read in poetry, you can really appreciate the simplicity in Azer’s work.


Okay, to kick this interview off, I’d like to ask: What was the main inspiration for your poetry book?

The world around me and my most inner thoughts.

Both the inner and outer worlds are full of infinite wonder, so that makes perfect sense. Can you tell me a little bit about your poetic journey?

My writing journey started a few years back, when I started writing small booklets on non-fictional subjects. Since then I’ve written tons of material, in all kinds of different shapes and genres. Today, I work as a copywriter, and I believe it’s a growing feeling of distance from the unreal and dishonest nature of my current work that has pushed me to express myself through poems, as well as short stories lately.

That’s awesome! Care to share some of the themes featured in this collection?

This little book, as the title hints, has two major themes. One is an exploration of the simple, savage being inside me. The other one is my exploration of joyful emotions and love. Both of these themes presents me with an opportunity to dig up thoughts and emotions that otherwise are awkward to express. At first, I tried to find a more primal voice inside me, but as I searched, I found that there was another voice that hadn’t had a chance to speak for a while. It was the kind of cheesy and uncool emotions of joy and love, that one truly has to be in love to hear. For some reason these feelings embarrassed me; they seemed so lame in some way, which is exactly why I decided to include it. I realized that it was in a way the most real voice that I could find inside me, and that by expressing it, the book felt ever so much genuine to me.

That being said, what are some of your muses?

For most of my work, it’s simplicity as well as the people and the world around me. However, the poems are mainly inspired by myself. I try to listen to what’s inside, but I also try to let my mind wander in many different directions to see what I can find.

Writing really is an act of self-discovery. It can also be highly meditative. What’s your creation process like?

Half of what I write just comes to me, and I quickly write it down on a piece of paper or on my phone. The other half of what I write is when I have time to sit down and think. I try not to edit myself unless absolutely necessary. Even if the result is bad, I prefer it to be genuine. If I’m really unhappy with something I wrote, I simply won’t publish it.

Authenticity certainly is paramount, especially when it comes to creating. So, is there anything else you’d like to add before we wrap things up here?

To anyone reading my work: Don’t just read, write! It doesn’t have to be great, or even good, as long as it’s you. Then no matter what happens, you’ll always have at least one fan of your work.

Thank you so much for having this interview and for the last tidbit of wisdom. I’m sure the community will really appreciate it. And in case anyone missed it in the intro, Azer’s poetry book is now available on Amazon in Kindle format for only 99 cents. Go here: www.amazon.com/dp/B06XZD418Q

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Interview with Radha Mulder on Her New Poetry Book “Love Notes” ♥

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Take a heart-filling journey through the breadth and depths of Radha Mulder’s poetry in this second book, a large Collection of 60 poems set against 60 visually-stunning photographs. A moving book filled with stirring poetry written on the topic of Love, in all its glory, in every hue, with all its passion and emotions that it evokes.

Love is not merely a concoction of emotions, moved by passion, and stirred by sentiment, it is a deep knowing, an abiding faith, a comfort and a place one can call home. Radha dives deep to explore this topic which creates the very bonds of life that every heart seeks, and brings it to it’s essence in this compilation of 60 poems, sure to engage and enrapture every heart that seeks, wonders, and longs for that true expression called Love.

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Hi there, Radha! I’m thrilled to be doing this interview with you today. I’ve always had a soft spot for love poetry, especially poems that showcase love-infused themes that go beyond the tangible. That first question I’d like to ask is: What served as your inspiration to create Love Notes?

I have been passionately writing poetry since my teens and felt inspired to share my work for others to feel hope and inspiration in their lives.

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As a poet myself, I can certainly relate to that! And as poets, artists, and all-around creative types, we all have a journey. Can you tell me a little bit about yours?

It’s mostly in moments of stillness when inspiration starts to flow through—but sometimes, it can even be in awkward moments like in the middle of a shower that I’ve had to stop my shower and dry my hands, and find pen and paper, any paper, to capture the words. Writing poetry began in my teens and has been an on-going journey throughout life, which has been a source of comfort, understanding and strength to help me continuously move forward.

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That’s so beautiful and highly relatable. I’ve actually had bursts of inspiration while driving, which isn’t all that convenient. Thank goodness for text to speech! 🙂 Anyway, let’s talk themes. Love Notes implies that this is in fact a collection full of love poems, but may you elaborate on this a bit?

The most prevalent themes are Love, Life and God, which is actually the title of my first book. However this title is mostly about Love; love of others, as well as of the self. I have focused on Love in this title and my upcoming book will focus on my poems about Life.

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Wonderful! We already touched on inspiration, but that was for this book in particular. In general, who/what are your personal muses?

RM: I actually don’t have any muses, or perhaps I better say, the wisdom of the Vedas and life’s experiences have been my sources of inspiration.

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Wisdom and philosophy really are the ultimate muses. Now, I’d like to get into your writing process. Any poet, artist, creative mind I’ve interviewed may all have creating in common, but I’ve noticed a notable difference in the way they go about it. So, what’s it like for you?

I’m a philosophical person, constantly contemplating life’s meaning, depth, and reasons. Through this process, and in these times, I find that I can best find answers and solutions to life’s situations by expressing these thoughts in writing. When writing, I let the words come, I don’t censor or edit. I leave that for later. First I just observe, and then I analyze.

Excellent answer! I really enjoyed chatting with you about your lovely new book and getting to know you better. Thanks so much for taking the time to speak with me.


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INTERVIEW with A.J. King on Her NEW Poetry Book!

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The human eye can see everything around us. But what about our inner self – the one saddled with fears and desires, doubts and dreams? Are these emotions destined to be locked away in our hearts and our minds? In Monochrome Fervour, A J King shines a light on our universal experiences – unrequited love, the ebb and flow of past memories, and the undying power of hope and triumph.

These 38 poems illustrate the human condition in all of its unvarnished complexity. Every emotional high and low, every shattered dream and vanquished nightmare, every undelivered blessing and eradicated burden are all distilled into A J Kings powerful words. Through vivid imagery informed by her unique experiences, Monochrome Fervour explores the contours and nuances of the human experience in a way that few others can.


Okay, let’s get started here. What put you on the path of writing?

I started writing poetry out of the blue, after I read a book of poetry called ‘With Love’ by the British actor Richard Beckinsale (father of actress Kate Beckinsale), which was published after his death. His words really resonated with me, and inspired me to express my feelings in verse. I had previously struggled to say how I felt and I found this an almost cathartic process.

Sometimes one book can change everything! Care to share a few of your poetic muses?

Poets whose work I have enjoyed: Siegfried Sassoon, WH Auden, and Emily Dickinson. Although I don’t think we recognise song lyrics enough for their poetic content, I constantly quote song lyrics.

And how about the inspiration for Monochrome Fervour in particular?

I decided to put some of the poems in a book (this book) whilst I was writing the second book of the Trilogy The Power Vested in Me, in which I state that this book has been written by one of the characters. Possibly in some sort of twisted way I subconsciously think if people hate the poems, I can blame them on the character. I’m hiding behind him I suppose. I’m releasing the poems before book 2, so we’ll see how that goes.

That is certainly an interesting approach! What are some of the themes you chose to focus on while writing this?

The poems are about love, life, hope, despair, rejection. Some have been written in my very darkest hours and others are my observations on life and people through personal experiences. When I read them, they are almost like a diary, bringing back specific times in my life.

These are all great themes that also happen to be highly universal. What’s your writing process typically like?

When I write my novels I am very disciplined, having noted down ideas, researched them, and set aside time to put them onto paper. The poems are different, being very much of the moment, born of a happening or a thought or an emotion.

 

I noticed a little scorpion on the cover. I’m sure there’s a symbolic reason for this.

Yes. Because I am a Scorpio, the character in the book is a Scorpio and it’s called monochrome because we (Scorpio’s) are very black and white.

I love it when covers contain a “poem” in and of themselves! Anyway, we’ve reached the end of this interview. Thank you so much for speaking to me about your lovely collection of poetry!


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Monochrome Fervour is now available on Amazon.
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