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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.

That is very beautiful, Ben. Thank you! πŸ™‚

 

 

 

 

 

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