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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
And then take flight.

 

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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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Interview with poets Josh Hatcher and Michaelah Hatcher

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Poetry cuts through America like deep rivers, carrying our joys, our sorrows, our stories from mountains to seas. Josh Hatcher writes his own American rivers, celebrating the love of family, mourning deep loss, and calling out a nation divided and broken.

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toturnthepenMichaelah Hatcher’s debut book is a journey to adulthood, and much of the story is autobiographical. Michaelah writes poetry to learn; she longs to understand the little things in life, the world around her, and most of all, herself. Hatcher deals with the difficult topics of first love, anxiety and depression, spirituality, and the precarious nature of America’s current culture through a very personal lens.

To Turn the Pen comes from the Latin proverb “Stilum vertere.” The phrase is in reference to the styluses of the Greco-Roman era, which had a scraper on one end used to erase letters from clay tablets. The saying means “to correct and begin again,” which is something Hatcher has had to remind herself continually over her journey.

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Today, I’m here with Josh Hatcher and his daughter Michaelah to have a little chat about their poetry books. What made you two decide to write these books?

Together, we wanted to encourage each other to write and create.

I love that. So, Josh, when did you first get into writing?

I’ve been writing since I was young, about the same age that Michaelah started writing.

I was going to ask you when Michaelah started writing… How wonderful that she began writing poems around the same time that you did. Now, I’d like to know what messages you’re both trying to convey in these books.

Josh: That despite the growing ideological divide – we are all the same- and this country will only be great again, if we make ourselves great again.

Michaelah: A journey from innocence, through cynicism, toward hope.

Those premises both sound very beautiful. It sounds like writing is very much a joined effort for you two.

Yes. We challenged each other to write a poem a day for a month. It really challenged us and got our creativity flowing – so we kept going!

That’s fantastic! Is there anything else either of you would like to add?

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Thank you! I find it so heartwarming that you two encourage each other to write as much as you do. And the fact that you’re a father-daughter poet duo warms my heart even further. It was a pleasure speaking with you! 🙂


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INTERVIEW: “Dark Thoughts and Happy Endings” by Alice Di Trolio

Dark Thoughts and Happy Endings is a poetry collection about heartbreak, mental health and open thoughts. Dealing with depression and anxiety, Alice channels her thoughts and feeling into this, her first poetry anthology. With compelling imagery and a unique style, it aspires to strike a chord with anyone facing these issues.


Hello, Alice! What inspired you to create your debut book?

I have been writing poetry for a long time now and am quite proud of my work. It has always been my ambition to share my work with others, but I never had the confidence to until now. I am at a point in my life where I really wanted to nail down what direction I am taking my life in. I have always been passionate about writing, I felt it was time to get my work out there and see where it takes me.

That’s absolutely wonderful. Now I’d love to hear about your writing  journey.

I started writing when I was a little girl. My Grandma and I used to send poems back and forth to each other and she helped me get a poem published in the Beano. As I got older and particularly during puberty, it became a way that I could channel my thoughts, fears and anxieties.

I find it heartwarming that you and your grandmother did that. What a unique way to communicate. What themes do you focus on in this book?

Heartbreak, anxiety, depression, but also hope and love. Most of these poems were written when I was 16/17, so really all the crazy emotions you go through at that time. It’s about reflection mostly, reflecting on my own situations as well as the situations and people around me. I hope that it is work that many people can relate to.

I know that MANY people will connect with such themes. Who are your personal muses?

My biggest inspiration is Sylvia Plath. It was learning about her and studying her work at A Level that really began my journey into using poetry as more of an outlet and really inspired my style. Her imagery is so vivid, intense and she’s so real with her experiences. I found it so inspiring. There’s even a poem I wrote about her in the book. Amanda Palmer the musical artist is also a huge inspiration to me. I call her the Sylvia Plath of our time, again her imagery is so vivid, she’s so real with her art. I am very inspired by people who are passionate and unafraid to show it. I hope that comes across in my works.

As am I! What’s your writing process like?

Usually I am struck with the inspiration to write because I am in a certain mindset or thinking about a theme and will first get my stream of thoughts and feelings down onto a note on my phone. I’ll then decide how many lines I want per stanza, whether I want it to rhyme, on which lines and start to break the ideas down until they fit that structure. I’ll look at different ways of explaining what I’m trying to say, and really try to hone in on that imagery. Sometimes I’ll take a while editing and writing until it feels right. Other times it will fall out of my fingers like my laptop keyboard is a piano and I’m just playing away.

I am very inspired by people who are passionate and unafraid to show it.

Awesome. So, what’s next for you?

With this being my first book, I am looking mostly at publicising it and starting to build an audience; however, I have also started putting my next anthology together and am looking into writing some different stuff based more on history and religion.

More writing! That’s what I like to hear. Any concluding thoughts?

I am excited to finally be able to share my work with the world, and the support I have received so far has been really heartening to see. I only hope that I can continue to build on what I have so far, and I’m excited to see where this journey takes me!

Best of luck, my friend, and thank you kindly for taking some time out of your day to speak with me.


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Alice Di Trolio started writing poetry at a young age. Her passion for writing manifests itself in other forms of creative and academic works. Her love of poetry and creative writing began thanks to her Grandma; with whom she would swap poems over e-mail and helped get her first poem – a limerick – published in the Beano.

As a teenager, she was inspired by writers such as Sylvia Plath, Lewis Carrol and Shakespeare. Struggling with anxiety and depression, she learnt to channel her thoughts, feelings and emotions into poetry.

Now, almost 10 years after she started writing, she has begun to publish and share her works.

Alice is a geek, with a passion for Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Star Wars, video games and board games. She also loves a beer festival and is known for raising money for charity through her cosplay work as Madgirllolly.


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