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INTERVIEW: “Poetic Secrets” by Harmeet Kaur Bharya💖

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 I love rhyme and although society is saying it’s outdated, I want to bring it back because I love writing in rhyme.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! 💖

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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: “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?

Books are available on Amazon! (The links are included above.)

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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📖INTERVIEW: “The Long Body That Connects Us All” by Rich Marcello

Provocative and profound, Rich Marcello’s poems are compact but expansive, filled with music as seductive as their ideas, and focused mostly on how to be a good man. This is a collection of deep passion and wisdom for fathers, husbands, and sons, but also for mothers, wives, and daughters, many who began with a longing for the things they were taught to desire by their forefathers, only to later discover a different path, one lit by loss and welcoming of the vulnerable, one made of the long body that connects us all. Click here to purchase on Amazon.


Hello there, Rich! I’m happy to be kicking off spring equinox with another wonderful interview. Needless to say, this book sounds like an inspiring collection of poetry, but what exactly inspired it?

I wanted to publish a collection about what it means to be a good man in the modern world. There are many great poets out there, but few these days are writing on this topic. With all the divisiveness in the world these days, much propagated by violent men, I wanted to show some of my own experiences about being open and vulnerable with the hope that some of my specific experiences would generalize.

That is so beautiful. I absolutely love your vision. Speaking of which, what are some central messages you strive to instill into your readers?

Thematically, the collection is about what it means to be a good man in the modern world––a timely topic given all that’s going on these days.

With all the divisiveness in the world these days, much propagated by violent men, I wanted to show some of my own experiences about being open and vulnerable…

Wonderful. So more on you as a poet… What sparked your interest in the written word?

I’ve been writing poetry all my life. I also have written over sixty songs and my publisher, Langdon Street Press, has published three of my novels: The Color of Home, The Big Wide Calm, and The Beauty of the Fall. I am currently working on my fourth novel, The Latecomers.

How exciting is that? I’m really happy for you. And a little bit more about you as a writer if you don’t mind… Who are some of your poetic influences?

I love Merwin, Audre Lorde, Mary Oliver, and Kay Ryan, to name a few, but really, I love just about any poet who writes from a deeply emotional place.

Absolutely. It’s those courageous writers who unapologetically write from the depths of their own psyche that really impact other writers and readers alike. So, I musk ask: What does a day in the life of Rich look like (writing-wise)?

I write every day for four or five hours in the morning. I’m a big believer in going from one kind of dream time (sleeping) to another (writing) right away, so I find working in the mornings is best for me. The rest of the day I focus on family, friends, and the causes I believe in, like climate change.

That takes quite of bit of discipline. I applaud you for dedicating so much of your time to your creative side, all while maintaining that “writing/life” balance. That doesn’t come easy. Before we wrap things up here, are there any concluding words that you’d like to share with everyone?

Thanks for taking the time to check out my work. If you are so inclined, feel free to drop me a line about any of my work, or about anything you feel like discussing.

My pleasure, and thank YOU! It was such a joy speaking with you. May boundless creativity continue to flow your way 🌞


Commercial PhotographyRich Marcello is a poet, a songwriter and musician, a creative writing teacher at Seven Bridges’ Writer Collaborative, and the author of three novels, The Color of Home, The Big Wide Calm, and The Beauty of the Fall. Previously, he enjoyed a successful career as a technology executive, managing several multi-billion dollar businesses for Fortune 500 companies.

The Color of Home was published in 2013 by Langdon Street Press, and melds together honest generative dialogue, poetic sensory detail, and “unforgettable characters who seem to know the complete song catalog of Lennon or Cohen.” The Big Wide Calm was published in 2014, also by Langdon Street Press. The US Review of Books stated, “Marcello’s novel has a lot going for it. Well-written, thought-provoking, and filled with flawed characters, it meets all of the basic requirements of best-of-show in the literary fiction category.” The Beauty of the Fall was published in 2016. Faulkner Award Winner Mark Spencer commented, “Few novels are as intelligent and relevant as The Beauty of the Fall. Almost none is as eloquent, compelling, heartbreaking, and ultimately, uplifting.”

As anyone who has read Rich’s work can tell you, his books deal with life’s big questions: love, loss, creativity, community, aging, self-discovery. His novels are rich with characters and ideas, crafted by a natural storyteller, with the eye and the ear of a poet.

For Rich, writing and art making is about connection, or as he says, about making a difference to a least one other person in the world, something he has clearly achieved many times over, both as an artist, a mentor, and a teacher.

Rich lives in Massachusetts on a lake with his family and two Newfoundlands, Ani and Shaman. He is currently working on his fourth novel, The Latecomers.

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