Posted in Promoting Books, Promoting Poets & Artists

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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Posted in Photography, Spiritual Poetry

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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Go here to see more starry nature photos and poetic captions.

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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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Enchanted Bamboo Forest (art) 🎋

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📖Interview with Rebecca May Smith: The Paradox of Womanhood (art & poetry book)

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The journey of exploring and embracing the beauty and strength, complexity and contradiction, mischief and reverie, pleasure and pain of becoming our authentic self is a lifelong adventure: a pilgrimage celebrated in this unique, adult coloring book.




Inside you’ll discover:

  • 48 beautiful women to color and create.
  • 
21 calligraphy crafted lines of poetry with borders to complete.
  • 3 cards, 6 gift tags and 4 bookmarks to finish and share.
  • 
Your special link for your complimentary gifts.
  • Insider Secrets to Coloring Like a Pro.
  • Your step-by-step guide to simply beautiful adult coloring.
  • VIP subscription with coloring pictures and puzzles delivered regularly to your inbox.
  • Completed artwork from contributing artist, Olga Kolesnyk.
  • Interviews with our creators – Lou – our poet, and Rebecca – our creative and inspiration collector and creator – on how and why this unique coloring book came into existence and into your hands.

Unleash your creativity, relieve your stress, and discover your Zen within the pages of this intricate and detailed peek into the best of womanhood!


Hello there, Rebecca! The Paradox of Womanhood merges art and poetry quite seamlessly. And the fact that it’s interactive art (coloring) makes it even more fascinating to me. What inspired this highly unique creation?

I love poetry. It has the power to reach out; to gently caress or to widely plunge us into the depths of our very soul and uncover those things long since hidden.

I also love art and the impact it creates.

And I adore the power and fragility, the complexities and contrasts in being a woman.

The inspiration for this book was to share the incredible journey and being of womanhood. Then to craft a piece to aid in creation for creation sake. Not in the “succeeding” or the “winning”… Whatever you or our world may perceive this to be. The winning here is just in the doing, the feeling, the creative connection… Without any judgement at all.

I absolutely love it! So, what has your artistic journey been like up until now?

I love to explore standards and different ways of being. Maybe that comes from a combination of years at University studying health science, the curiosities in clinic, and life’s experiences showing me that we are so much more than atoms and flesh.

Language can be used to tell a story, of course, but its whimsy, rhythm and ability to color and connect are what I really love.

“…We are so much more than atoms and flesh.” What a mystical statement to make that I couldn’t agree any more with! So, we’ve dabbled into inspiration and journeys. Now, I’d like to discuss central themes.

The main theme is womanhood, and how we can be both fragile and strong, funny and serious, genius, fun and grounded. It’s about accepting ourselves and other women as we are.

Unconditional self-acceptance is such a beautiful thing. It’s safe to say this book is chock-full of important themes. What muses have been guiding you along the way?

The incredible women in my life, those I have been blessed to meet along the way, and each woman playing her role in our communities.

Sounds like a powerhouse of inspiration to me! How do you normally go about creating? Is there a particular process you abide by?

Oh, it rarely starts as a process. More a burst of creative inspiration that strikes in the depths of the night! Then, once the initial thoughts are penned, the piece is usually left to rest. Other ideas will strike – thank goodness for always having a notepad and paper on hand. Then when I am ready, I come back to combine, edit, read, edit, rest and edit some more. This process was different than usual as I worked with an amazing poet named Lou.

That’s wonderful. Also, it’s great that you joined poetic forces with another talented word artist. Thanks for giving us a sneak peek into your vibrant world and your new book. It was a true pleasure!


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