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INTERVIEW: “Please Stop Hurting the World” by Ben Smiley

A poetry book about compassion and pain. Introspective and innovative at the same time. A book all must read. A book to fight greed. A book for the green.

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Good evening, Ben! I hope you’ve been having an amazing weekend so far. I absolutely love the message of your book. What inspired it?

My inspiration for the book was I started off writing a philosophy book about compassion and then had a back injury and my life fell apart. I lost my job, my ability to play music, my wife, and my house. The poetry started to become philosophy and vice versa. This prompted me to complete this book because of the journey I had taken with it.

That sounds like a tumultuous journey, but I’m glad such a wonderful poetry book came out of it. Compassion is a powerful healing force as well! When did your love of poetry first enter your life?

I started writing poetry in high school. My friends knew I was a writer and asked me to join. I was a very concise writer, so poetry really caught my attention. Once I started writing I couldn’t stop, and the passion for wordplay grew. Now it is the form of writing I like the most.

That’s fantastic! What are some of the themes you feature in this collection?

My book has different themes, because it is a journey through a dark time in my life. So there is pain, sadness, and depression. I never lost sight of why I wrote the book. and that was to create philosophical poems that talk about compassion, charity and cooperation.

I like how there’s a balance between the dark and the light. You include sadness, but also charity. What would you say influences you most as a writer?

My writing influences are varied and I read every genre of writing I could: from poetry it was really Dr. Seuss and William S Burroughs. From philosophy, it was Douglas R. Hofstadter, Soren Kierkegaard, and the Dali Lama. From Science it was Stephen Jay Gould. From science fiction, it was Isaac Asimov, and Clive Barker.

Such diverse influences. I love it! What’s your poetry-crafting process like?

My writing process is very streamlined. I am working on the philosophy side of things all the time in my head. When I put pen to paper, the subject matter and parts of the story are ready to be written. I then get in touch with the emotion I am trying to convey when I write.

I truly admire that philosophical element. One last question: Why is this book important to the world?

This book is important to the world because it teaches compassion, charity and cooperation. It shows that you can solve problems with love and thinking. That you are not out there in life to fight things but to befriend others and smile. Life lets that smile in and helps you to understand its importance.

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🌺INTERVIEW: “God Placed You Here: A Walk to Faith” by C. Melita Webb🌺

God Placed You Here is a motivational powerhouse filled with inspirational poetry, prayers, affirmations, essays and heartfelt sentiments. The perfect way to start your day, pick up your afternoon and end your evening with a smile.

Uplifting words of faith will encourage, inspire and assist you on your journey to developing a stronger connection with our Heavenly Father. Whether you were seeking to deepen your understanding of God’s love and direction, or beginning to lay the foundation of your faith, you will enjoy the loving guidance provided in these words of wisdom.

Designed to empower children of God who are seeking a closer walk with Him. This compiled collection is an empowering affirmation of life. You will leave your worries and stress behind you as you read, reflect and manifest your way to a spiritually happier life. These loving words will assist you in recognizing all that you are in God’s eyes, His love and His glory.

You will find more spiritual strength and blessings each time you read these encouraging sentiments of faith.

This book can be used as a wonderful reference for self development and transforming your life. A great gift for you or someone you love who is seeking to become more enlightened and inspired. Come and enjoy every step of your journey.

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Every poet I have had the pleasure of interviewing up until this point has been nothing short of inspiring, and so are you C. Melita! We’ve chatted quite a bit leading up to this interview, and your story, courage, and perseverance have really touched my heart. So, this book is part of a four-part poetry series. What inspired the creation of this series, and more specifically, book three?

I kept hearing how a lot of people were giving up on life. Children who were bullied and a lot of pain in our society. Then the schoolgirls in South Africa were returned. I remember one picture where they were home, but their spirits seemed to be crushed. I knew they had shame in their hearts and felt cultural embarrassment for being violated, stolen and abused. I started writing a few poems, and thoughts. Then, as I put the book together, I felt led to the title. I wanted everyone with hurt, pain, depression, and anxiety to know they are important, wanted and needed by society. More importantly, they were created with a glorious purpose that has yet to be fulfilled. So my book celebrates the struggle to realize who we are in God and so much more of our life’s journey.

Wow, that is immensely beautiful and beyond touching! When and how did poetry first become your calling?

A book by Maya Angelou was loaned to me by a librarian or teacher in elementary school. Her story hooked me and her poetry taught me to dream. As I lost more of my vision, her words led me back to my love of writing and helped me remember we all struggle and to keep going.

I wanted everyone with hurt, pain, depression, and anxiety to know they are important, wanted and needed by society.

Maya Angelou is a huge inspiration to us all, that’s for sure. Why do you write?

I often write as I fight pain and breathing issues. It helps me find focus and think. Sometimes it helps me fight the pain too. So I write everything positive I can think of and save it. Then I listen to it when I’m in pain, struggling to breathe or just in need of a smile.

Your resilience is amazing. I’m glad poetry has a way of picking you up, even during such difficult times. Who is your biggest influence?

My father. He requested I publish some of the writing I had shared with him. So the first book was written for my father. Then the reviews were spectacular, so we put it in a print and e-book. I had so much written that it couldn’t fit into just one book. I saw an opportunity to help others facing life’s challenges and so I released three more books each with a specific purpose.

That’s wonderful! What central message does each book in the series convey?

  • Book One is like a welcome to my thoughts and enjoy your life.

  • Book Two is celebrating life and God’s love for His children.

  • Book Three is understanding why we are here and motivation for life’s journey.

  • Book Four is understanding what we mean to our Heavenly Father. Thus the title “Built for God’s Glory.”

Excellent! You have mentioned your struggles with your vision and breathing. Can you tell me and community a little bit more about that challenge, if it’s alright with you?

I fight with CRPS which affects my eyes. I also fight with severe asthma, so I do my best to keep my mind busy and find ways to relax through writing. Since my eyesight is blurry, I use voice to text to dictate my thoughts and tape a lot of my writings. I have a great team of three editors and a lot of family support.

You, my friend, are proof that anything is possible if you set your mind to it. I’m so glad you continue to write no matter what! Keep on doing what you’re doing. Many blessings to you! πŸ™‚
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INTERVIEW: “Ariadne: Now and Then” by thedeadB3AT

A modern-day love story intertwined with the classic romance of Dionysus and Ariadne.


I’m here today with thedeadB3AT to have a chat about his debut poetry book, “Ariadne: Now and Then.” So, let’s start off with question number one: What is the inspiration behind this collection?

I have always admired the love story between Dionysus and Ariadne from Greek mythology, and I met my Ariadne, who inspired me to write this collection.

That’s really sweet! A dual love story all in one. When did your love of writing enter your life?

I’ve been writing since I can remember, but my focus shifted to mainly poetry and lyrics during my college years. I enjoy the freedom poetry gives me, through the rhythm and all the other aspects. It’s like a symphony of chaos at times.

A symphony of chaos… I like it! What are some of the themes that you included in your book?

Love. Self-destruction. Parallel Universes. Awakening.

I enjoy the freedom poetry gives me.

Wonderful! I particularly intrigued by that third one. Who/what are some of your major poetic influences?

My influences are all over the place. As far as poetry, it’s anything from Jim Morrison and Bob Dylan to Neil Hilborn and Billy Collins. And love. Always love.

Yes, love certainly is the ultimate muse! How did this poetry book come to be?

For this collection, I conducted research around the tale of Dionysus and Ariadne before outlining the two parallel storylines. I tend to plan for a collection for a month or so and then write chaotically for several days and take what I think works.

That sounds reasonable. Is there anything else you’d like to add?

As Dionysus and Ariadne come together, so do two young lovers in this obscure yet breathtaking collection of poetry.

Thank you so much for having this chat with me. I had a good time speaking with you. Never stop writing, my friend!
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INTERVIEW: “Poetic Secrets” by Harmeet Kaur BharyaπŸ’–

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! πŸ’–

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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! πŸ™‚