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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! ๐Ÿ™‚

 

 

 

 

Posted in Love Poetry, Spiritual Poetry

Altared State

Thereโ€™s an altar without
a Buddha statue, gemstones, or lit candles.
There are no chants bouncing off a wooden table.
There are no icons with gold-leafed backgrounds.

This altar is
two blue nebulas that,
instead of floating in space,
are housed in your eye sockets.
Peering into them brings me closer to The Cosmic Force
more than a Bible or traditional prayer at an actual altar ever can.

This altar is
the empty river bed my fingertips trace
south to north to south on your back.
Itโ€™s an altered state,
where you and I merged
is the only reality that paints
my sweaty naked body.

I was atheist until I met you.
I now find myself worshipping you
during each and every
breath
and the silence between them.

 

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๐Ÿ“˜INTERVIEW: Voix de ma Coeur, Songs of my Soul by Victoria A. Wilder๐Ÿ“˜

Take a journey into a heart on display with this stellar collection of poems that span a short, but emotionally driven lifetime. Follow the author Victoria Wilder as she shares with you her most vulnerable thoughts.

This collection includes poems previously published, as well as never-before-seen works from the author.

In her own words, “each [poem is] a snapshot of my heart through various times. I ask that you are kind, for youโ€™ll see that my heart is more fragile than she seems.”

Victoria’s words are often empowering, sometimes funny, and always powerful. She speaks with an awareness of her own flaws, but seeks to embrace the greatness she believes all people possess. If you’re looking to be touched and inspired, this book is for you!


Good evening, Victoria! From the description and title alone, I’m eager to hear more about your book! What inspired it into existence?

VdmC is a collection of works from my youth to now. The poems inside were inspired by love, heartbreak, healing, loss, and spiritual growth.

As a mystic poet, I particulately resonte with the latter; however, all of these things serve as a powerhouse of inspiration. How did your passion for poetry come about?

I’ve been writing poetry for as long as I can remember. As a child, I played around with Seussian pieces, then I fell in love with EB Browning and a few others. Poetry’s always been a method of expression for me.

So, it’s been a lifelong love of yours. I’m happy to hear that! I’m sure there are plenty of central messages in your book, but can you name some of them anyway?

I suppose I want the reader to feel connected to someone. Technically, that someone would be me, but I mean on a deeper level. I want the reader to know that life, with all its ups and downs, can be a beautiful and richly felt experience–that it can be joyous. Healing can happen any time, and no one truly suffers alone. You just have to reach out and connect to others. I guess the overall message is that love and truth are stronger than any darkness we might come across.

That certainly is an impactful message. What an inspiration you are! Who are your main creative influences?

As a kid, I adored Elizabeth Barrett Browning and carried around a huge collection of her works. I was also into Poe, Shel Silverstein, and Oscar Wilde. I found poetry in old classic stories all the time and enjoyed British Lit a lot more than other kids my age. I’m sure that had a big influence on some of my work.

[L]ife, with all its ups and downs, can be a beautiful and richly felt experience.

What wonderful influences! So, do you have much of a writing process or does it vary?

Most of my poetry is spur-of-the-moment. A word, a sound, a phrase–something will come to my mind and from that I’ll lead to a new image. Sometimes a story is told. At other times, it can be more abstract. Often, I’ll have an emotional experience and the only way for me to understand it is to write it out. That can take the form of a poem or short piece or song lyrics. My process changes with my mindset.

That makes perfect sense! I think I may already know the answer to this one, but if you could meet any poet from the past, who would it be and why?

That would, of course, be EB Browning. She was bedridden most of her life due to illness, but managed to live a full life. The emotion in her poetry is so powerful. I’d love to hear about her life and see the strength I always imagined she had in person.

Great choice! It takes some amazing perserverance to live life to the fullest even when bedridden. Is there anything else you like to mention about your book and any upcoming ones?

Voix de ma Coeur is a collection of poems spanning nearly two decades, and I’m rather proud to finally have it out in the world. I hope to also have my debut novel, Lullaby of the Lilitu, available in 2019. Visit my website to learn more about that and read more of my work. The links are included below.

My hope is to not only live a joyful and fulfilled life, but to somehow inspire others to do the same. Thank you so much for this delightful interview. I send out love to all your readers!

You are so sweet! Thank you. What an inspirational interview this has been. Best of luck with all of your endeavors, fellow poet.


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Victoria Wilder is a New York-based author currently revising her debut novel, Lullaby of the Lilitu, first in her series, The Acheron Journals.

She wrote her first โ€œbookโ€ in the fourth grade for a writing competition featuring a haunting at a sleepover. From that, she won her first ever prize, sparking a passion for writing that has followed her into adulthood.

Victoria has been an avid reader for longer than she could talk. She has always loved dark, romantic tales and classic horror. Her favorite books as a child were Romance novels, R.L. Stineโ€™s Goosebumps series, and Anne Riceโ€™s Vampire Chronicles.

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I Remember (poem) ๐Ÿ’™

By being with you,
I forget fear,
Forget about the black oceans
that chase after my breath and jubilant emotions,
About the black hole that demands my soul,
The inner critic that only spews bitter winter,
Storm clouds that stalk me like blood hounds,
Thorn bushes that beg for me to worship them,
adorn my heart with them.
Tidal waves whose shadows darken my days.

By being with you,
I remember the innermost me,
The sunbeam me,
The celestial succubus me,
The self that is a living heaven despite Hellโ€™s persistent spell.

I remember that Iโ€™m not those dying embers;
Iโ€™m the blue hue in a growing fire.

I now know that we donโ€™t fall in love, we soar.
The only direction you take me is
higher and higher.
In rediscovering my inner peace
through you,
I forgot my 28-year inner war.

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