Matthew Toffolo: What is the theme of your poem?
LannaEvolved: The theme is the unpredictability of life within a universal existence. Everyone has their own unique experience, yet each person somehow manages to crossover with someone else’s without knowing it. Living shared experiences.
The theme is rooted in the reality that we are one with the universe and we can know what other people are thinking without really knowing a thing. What I mean is, Self implies other.
We are not strangers in this world. We feel our own existence alongside others and that is absolute.
In fact, we need others to complete our humanity.
Loneliness, despair, the desperation to feel freedom while continuing to misunderstand our own unmet needs, the differences between and among who we are, and the physical and emotional desire for love and to be loved on the other side of those proclaimed differences are also relevant.
These themes create a unified fabric for being ourselves, the precious moments we choose to spend with another, and the essence of what binds us to a society that keeps us stuck from achieving our goals and pursuing our passions in so many ways within all of our shared communities.
In this piece, I wanted to paint a picture of not only what separates us, but of the qualities that hold us together.
2) What motivated you to write this poem?
The sheer will to explore the “role of a character portrayed as an outsider desiring to feel what it feels like to be appreciated captivated my mind.
I had the desire to get underneath the meaning of people’s thoughts but also their actions and what they go through when they experience a loss of any kind, primarily the greatest loss to humankind, which to me is love itself.
3) How long have you been writing poetry?
I have been writing poetry for over 15 years
4) If you could have dinner with one person (dead or alive), who would that be?
5) What influenced you to submit to have your poetry performed by a professional actor?
As a professional actress, I wanted to see my work come alive off the page through hearing it read aloud. In addition to writing my own book of poems, it gives me joy to know people will be able to enjoy this piece as a teaser before the book is released.
6) Do you write other works? scripts? Short Stories? Etc..?
I write scripts, and have written several educational scripts for high school students and staff to use for training and therapeutic intervention via the drama therapy and poetry model I created
7) What is your passion in life?
To continue using my art as a form of social narrative that can change and be recreated through the healing power of performance and poetry combined impacting the lives of vulnerable youth and families around the world.
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