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📖INTERVIEW: “The Chambers of Kiarra Iman Vol. I: Fearless, Free and FIERCE” by Kiki Chamberz

IMG_8111The Chambers of Kiarra Iman is a body of extraordinary poetry written by an ordinary girl. Poems full of pain and passion, best friends and betrayal, locked up lovers and everything in between.

The Chambers are now open.

Vol. I: Fearless, Free and FIERCE:

  • Is for anyone who has a dream and isn’t afraid to chase it.
  • Helps boosts self-confidence and self-love for all women.
  • Exposes the unsaid bottled up emotions from bad relationships.
  • Covers stories of finding love in a hopeless place.
  • Includes Bible scriptures full of encouragement and inspiration.
  • Reveals how enjoyable Poetry can really be.

Good morning, fellow poets and poetry lovers! Today I’m having a little chat with Kiki Chamberz about her poetry book and her journey as a poetess.

I’m looking forward to learning more about you and your new book, Kiki. Thanks for taking some time out of your day to speak with me. To kick things off, what served as your driving force for putting together this poetry collection?

My dream of putting my mark in the word and it was on my bucket list.

Writing poetry certainly is a great way to make your mark! When did you first embark upon your journey as a word weaver?

In high school during my sophomore year in 2008.

What topics can one expect to come across when reading your book?

Dating life, Christian faith, women empowerment, and more.

I’m a girl going for her dream.

It’s wonderful that female empowerment is featured in your collection. Speaking of which, who are some of your inspirations?

Jill Scott, Alicia Keys, Beyonce, Oprah, etc.

It’s safe to say these are all highly empowering women. So, I know a lot of poets I talk to tell me they type most of their poetry as opposed to jotting it down on paper. What’s your preference and what do you like to write about in general?

I have a lot of journals and I write about anything and everything.

You and I both. Before we part ways, I was wondering if there was anything else you’d like to mention.

I’m a girl going for her dream.

Keep on writing and your dream will become a reality. Best of luck to you! 🙂 🌸


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Kiki Chamberz was born and raised in the beautiful sunshine state of California, where she discovered her gift for writing. Her writing style is honest, soulful, and brave. Growing up she felt she had so much to say but had no one to listen. So in 2017 she completed and self-published her anthology, entitled The Chambers of Kiarra Iman: Fearless, Free & FIERCE. She enjoys traveling, amazing food, and going to concerts & movies. Kiki’s determination in her brand Designerkiki Inc. and her hard work in her writing are one of the reasons she’s on her way to the top!  To find out more, visit her official website at www.designerkiki.com and be sure to follow her on Instagram: @designerkiki


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Barked Buddha (poem + photography)

Watch as winter bluster inspires
barked Buddha to dance in its sway,
conducting Gaia’s symphony
through intricate mudras
with its flailing limbs—
all on public display.

 

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📖INTERVIEW: “The Black Hearts Sing” by Aar Wood📖

Dark Poetry for Dark Hearts

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The Black Hearts Sing by Aar Wood
is a captivating collection of dark and twisted
poetry filled will love and passion.


Today I’m going to be having a little chat with the author of The Black Hearts Sing, Aar Wood. Hi there, Aar! My favorite question to ask fellow poets is what their inspirations are, but in particular, I’d like to know what inspired this poetic creation.

I have been fascinated with the dark side of emotions for as long as I can remember. It was just a natural progression to get to this point.

You definitely can’t have yang without a little yin, and poetry can’t only thrive in the light. There’s certainly a lot of beauty in that inevitable darkness. So, how did this passion for poetry begin for you?

It is something that I have always done since I can remember.

That’s something I can relate to. Honestly, when I’m asked that same question, I answer it similarily. Is there a specific message you had in mind when publishing this book?

In the dark emotions still lie love and strong passion. It is nothing to be afraid of.

Great point! You saying that actually reminds me of Osho’s famous quote, “A certain darkness is needed to see the stars.” Now you know who inspires me… But who inspires you?

Classic poets and anyone who has a way with words.

In the dark emotions still lie love and strong passion.

I can see why the classics can have such an influence over your creativity. Is there a specific way you tend to go about writing?

It really depends on the subject. Honestly, it will be different each time. When I write, I am unpredictable.

It really is ideal to thrive in life’s lack of predictablity. Well, I thank you kindly for speaking with me a bit. It was a pleasure! 🖤


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📖INTERVIEW: “Wild, Is The Flower Untamed” by Chamala J.📖

cover_photo_180124020516Wild, Is The Flower Untamed is the first collection of poetry by author, Chamala J. She opens up her words and invites you into a thought-provoking poetic tale. With vivid imagery of love, growth, seduction and pain, through her poetry, she hopes to give you a story of the life that blooms before her. A gift to the wild-hearted, this is for the untamed.


Good afternoon, Chamala! The book cover alone makes Wild, Is The Flower Untamed seem like an enticing read, but as all of us avid writers and bookworms know, there’s more to a book than meets the eye. One’s debut is certainly a cause for celebration, and I’m glad you got your words out there. What inspired these words in particular?

The inspiration of this book came from my life experiences. Each poem is inspired by true events. It highlights many trials and trubilations I have experienced since a child. It is about my growth and finding the courage to write.

Personal experiences (especially the challenging ones) make for authentic, heart-grabbing poetry. When did that intitial spark of poetry enter your life; the moment when you realized “Poetry is my thing”?

I have been acknowledged for my writing skills since a very young age. I began writing music lyrics at the age of 12 and started poetry around that time as well. It took a long time for me to gain clarity and confidence in my poetry, and since then I have been writing poetry.

I’m glad you gained that unwavering sense of confidence, and you’re here with me speaking about your very first book! It just goes to show that passion really is a force to be reckoned with. What would you say is the central message you’re trying to convey?

The message I want to convey is one of growth and love. I use many references to nature and music. There are poems of seduction and some of betrayal.

I think in poetry, every thought
is something worth writing.

~Chamala J.

Growth and love certainly make the world go ’round. And there can’t be seduction, without betrayal at some point. What are your biggest influences?

My biggest influence is nature, and musically, it is Nina Simone, Erykah Badu, many Jazz and soul musicians. I’m also very influenced by all works of art.

Nature, music, and art really are poetry in and of themselves, so it makes perfect sense why they would be your muses. (They’re mine too.) What does a typical writing session look like for you?

My writing process is much like my writing, complex. I am usually writing all day long and every day. I surround myself with things that inspire me and from there I begin to write everything. I like to say I think in poetry, every thought is something worth writing.

Being in constant inspiration mode is the way to be! One last thing… I’d love for you to share some concluding thoughts with the community. 🙂

This is something that I have worked towards for a long time. I went through a rough childhood and even rougher life. Dealing with emotional and mental health problems for a long time, I never had the confidence or determination to write or even publish my poetry. Being able to do so now, is not only an accomplishment, but a triumph over my deepest fears and inseurities.

That’s so powerful, and speaks volumes! Thank you so much, Chamala! I’m definitely feeling quite inspired right now. 🖤


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A Seattle native who has a natural gift with words, Chamala’s writing talents were discovered at a young age and from there she has been developing her craft. She began writing songs as a teen but soon realized she wanted to solely focus on poetry. Finally deciding to share her most deepest thoughts, she brings you a collection of poetry that is just the beginning of a lifelong dream.


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New Creative Venture: Cosmic Raven Photography 🖤📷✎✨

Since the moment I had my very first camera phone in my hands at the age of 16 or 17 (that’s over 10 years ago now), I’ve had an avid interest in taking pictures. (Poetry was always my #1 love, though.) Anyway, back in the flip phone days, I can’t say most of those pictures were all that pleasing to the eyes, but that didn’t stop me from filling up countless memory cards.  I also dabbled in quite a bit of photo editing, in an attempt to merge the dream world with reality. Here are some flip phone pictures I took and edited in the past, so you can get an idea:

 

Once I got my first smartphone, the photo quality improved, and I was filling my iPhone’s storage in no time. I also used my mom’s old digital camera every once and a while. In the back of my mind, I had this nagging need: a professional camera, but I told myself that 1. I can’t afford it, and, 2. I’m not an actual photographer so who am I kidding? I figured I should just stick to my poetry, and that’s what I did for a while. A long while. Drawing, painting, and photography were passions, but they always seemed to take the backburner to the written word.

Well, months ago, I decided to invest in what makes my heart sing (Thank you for the creative push and camera suggestion, Bob!), and bought myself a decent camera. Okay, it’s actually pretty nice. It’s no Nikon, but I still love it! So yeah, I fell in love with it after the first picture I captured through its non-phone lens.

On the day when sprlumix.jpging showed herself in the heart of winter (60°F+ in mid-January in Ohio is nuts! And it looks like another spring-like day is upon us today… You know what that means!), I grabbed my new camera and ventured out into the woods, taking as many nature photos as possible. It was a gray day, but everything seemed immensely colorful to me. The serene mix of fresh warm winter air in my lungs and the glow from my newfound love of snapping photos invigorated me. It also helped diminish my winter blues and cabin fever that comes with working from home.

P1000163.JPGAfter returning to my humble abode that same day, an idea smacked me across the face. Well, not literally, but I’m a poet, so some dramatization is in my nature. 😛  So, as I was saying… I thought to myself, “How awesome would it be to infuse outer space with Gaia?” Then Carl Sagan’s words came to mind: “We are starstuff.” (which is both poetic AND scientific). Then, another thought: “How cool would it be to also write captions for each picture in mystical poetry form?” In those moments, Cosmic Raven Photography was born! I figured my best platform for this sort of thing was Instagram, so a created an IG account (@CosmicRavenPhotos) for my stardust-infused nature photography a few days ago. The feed will be filling up fast because I’m making this a daily thing. I mean, I already have enough pictures to last me months on end… 😀 This will keep me motivated to write poetry daily and/or revive old poems, and above all, keep my soul happy. 🙂

The nitrogen in our DNA, the calcium in our teeth, the iron in our blood, the carbon in our apple pies were made in the interiors of collapsing stars. We are made of starstuff.

―Carl Sagan, Cosmos

It’s such a relief that I didn’t actually listen to my inner (or outer) naysayer every single time it said “But it costs too much,” “You’re no photographer,” “What if people don’t like it?” or “You might fail.” Please, if your inner dialogue or someone’s negative comments  are ever like that for anything that could potentially bring you unparalleled joy, let it go into one ear and right out the other, into a massive black hole!

P1000163 Cosmic Tree.pngThat being said, to see more of my starry pictures and poetic captions, feel free to follow me on Instagram @CosmicRavenPhotos (I’ll follow you back, of course :D) or simply go to this link: www.instagram.com/CosmicRavenPhotos

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