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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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★ INTERVIEW with Poet Jamell Crouthers ★

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.

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“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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