Interview with Poet Marta Knobloch (HOW TO WRITE A SUMMER POEM)

1) What is the theme of your poem?

Creativity

2) What motivated you to write this poem?

The part the subconscious plays in the creative process.

3) How long have you been writing poetry?

Since I was 5 years old.

4) If you could have dinner with one person (dead or alive), who would that be?

Ghandi

5) What influenced you to submit to have your poetry performed by a professional actor?

I believe that poetry is a spoken as well as a written art.

6) Do you write other works? scripts? Short Stories? Etc..?

Yes, I have written plays, short stories, fables, and children’s books.

7) What is your passion in life?

My passion in life is discovering the wild within and around us. 

 

by Val Cole

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Interview with Poet Gladys W. Muturi

1) What is the theme of your poem?

An open letter to the KKK, Neo-Nazi, and other white supremacists groups.

2) What motivated you to write this poem?

I remember watching the Charlottesville rally on the news and I was painfully distraught by the hate from Neo-Nazi groups.

I thought of why this hatred is going and I wanted to question them why do they hate people of color, religion, sexuality or where they come from.

3) How long have you been writing poetry?

All my life. I fall in love with poems when I was in elementary and I started to write in the 5th grade.

4) If you could have dinner with one person (dead or alive), who would that be?

If I could have dinner with one person, it would be Maya Angelou. I love her.

5) What influenced you to submit to have your poetry performed by a professional actor?

I felt encouraged that my poem needs to be heard and I want the actor to use their strong voice to deliver like a message for the audience to hear.

6) Do you write other works? scripts? Short Stories? Etc..?

I wrote and adapted a play called White Mama. White Mama is based on novel by Robert Downs about an elderly white woman, Estelle Malone becomes a foster mother to an African American juvenile B.T. Williamson. I am currently putting it in production. I already started a gofundme page for the play to get started http://www.gofundme.com/whitemamafund. Also, I am currently writing stories and movies.

7) What is your passion in life?

My passion in life is to inspire others, motivate people to erase hate and bring happiness and love into this world.

Performed by Matt Barnes

 

Interview with Poet Bob Mazzei

  1) What is the theme of your poem?

The poem Morbid Deceiver was published on a book my friend Jeff Lowe and I wrote in 2014, “Ziggurat – The Age of Total Dominion,” and it is about the sad condition of slavery that humankind lives under the power of our class-divided society. Jeff wrote part of the first chapter of the book and came up with very intelligent suggestions I made use of along the novel.

2) What motivated you to write this poem?

The poem is in line with the subject of the book. It is a trip inside our societies; kind of psychedelic journey some say. The class-divided society is a type of social cohabitation we need to overcome. It’s all about freedom and emancipation, yet not those liberties hypocritically postulated in our constitutions and laws. Freedom is not to be able to choose between A and B, freedom is to be able to reject that choice, as it is a prearranged choice.

3) How long have you been writing poetry?

I’ve been writing poems for 40 years, I started when I was 14.

4) If you could have dinner with one person (dead or alive), who would that be?

I would have the pleasure to dine and sip a glass of good red wine with Mark Knopfler. I would like to share some musical ideas with him.

5) What influenced you to submit to have your poetry performed by a professional actor?

Well, I thought it was good to have it on your blog.

6) Do you write other works? scripts? Short Stories? Etc..?

Apart from poems, some short stories and lyrics.

7) What is your passion in life?

My passion is languages in general and writing (English)

Performed by Val Cole

Interview with Poet BRIAN T. SLUGA

 1) What is the theme of your poem?

It’s about a feared dragon terrorizing a village. Its set in a Mid-evil time.

2) What motivated you to write this poem?

I wanted to do a poem out of the norm. Just to create a visual to the reader. Hope people like it.

3) How long have you been writing poetry?

I been writing poetry for about 20 years. Real seriously the last 3 years.

4) If you could have dinner with one person (dead or alive), who would that be?

I would have to say Frank Sinatra. I’m fascinated with the man and musician.

5) What influenced you to submit to have your poetry performed by a professional actor?

Just thought that this particular one would be best heard by someone with a trained voice. To make the reader feel the story like it’s really happening.

6) Do you write other works? scripts? Short Stories? Etc..?

I have written some short stories. I also am a songwriter my lyrics can be found on Songbay.

See me under My Write.

http://songbay.co/portfolio/22825

Also here is my site with my latest poems.The Autorank link lists viewers favorites.

https://allpoetry.com/Gorun1

7) What is your passion in life?

I am currently passionate about working on my first self published poetry book. Also my poem, How Does It Go, has been selected for the 2018 Waco Texas WordFest Anthology.

A public reading of the anthology will be at 7 pm October 6 at the Waco Convention. I hope to meet many up and coming poets.

My passion is for my poetry to move people when they read it. Also to be meaningful to readers worldwide.

 

 

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Interview with Poet William P. Robertson (THE RUINS)

 1) What is the theme of your poem?

The theme of my poem is that love transcends death and never dies.

2) What motivated you to write this poem?

A ghostly walk through a graveyard motivated me to write this poem

3) How long have you been writing poetry?

I’ve been writing poetry since I was in the 9th grade way back in the 1960’s.

4) If you could have dinner with one person (dead or alive), who would that be?

I would have dinner with Jim Morrison, who opened the doors to the power of language for me.

5) What influenced you to submit to have your poetry performed by a professional actor?

I read the poem myself on my audio book, UNTIL DEATH DO IMPART, available through CDBaby, and was curious to see how someone else would interpret it.

6) Do you write other works? scripts? Short Stories? Etc..?

I’ve written 40 books. They include the 10-novel Civil War Bucktail series and the 3-novel Alleghenies French & Indian War series. Also, I’ve written 5 collections of horror stories and 2 humorous books of childhood memories titled STORIES FROM THE OLDEN DAYS and MORE STORIES FROM THE OLDEN DAYS. Visit my website at http://www.bucktailsandbroomsticks.com to learn more.

7) What is your passion in life?

Writing is my passion in life. I only take regular jobs that allow me enough free time to pursue my true love!

Performed by Matt Barnes

Watch the Poetry Reading:

 

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Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com

Director: Kierston Drier

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: Kimberly Villarruel

Camera Op: Mary Cox

Interview with Poet L.R. Johnson (OFF THE WALL)

1) What is the theme of your poem?

In this particular work, there is no theme, it was written in FREE-FLOW mode without thought or intention. An experiment which I do often

2) What motivated you to write this poem?

No motivation, just creativity that is in my head.

3) How long have you been writing poetry?

14 years

4) If you could have dinner with one person (dead or alive), who would that be?

Nick Cave

5) What influenced you to submit to have your poetry performed by a professional actor?

As mentioned above, poetry is much more than words on a page and after superb responses from readers of my works, it was my wish to elevate it to another dimension

6) Do you write other works? scripts? Short Stories? Etc..?

I am a published author with six titles published, I also publish myself and re poetry, I have my collection of works being published very soon including superb images form my artist wife, Elisabeth Johnson, and a dear author, artist friend, Francis Charlton.

It will be published here: https://www.jaggededgebookpublishing.com/

7) What is your passion in life?

Creating interesting, humorous, provoking written works in any form.

Performed by Matt Barnes

Watch the Poetry Reading:

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Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com

Director: Kierston Drier

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: Kimberly Villarruel

Camera Op: Mary Cox

Interview with Poet Dr. Cleveland W. Gibson

1) What is the theme of your poem?

ANSWER: A brave man who fought even though he could never win.

2) What motivated you to write this poem?

ANSWER: It needed to be told how much this man achieved in his short life. And how he inspired others to try hard and to win.

3) How long have you been writing poetry?

ANSWER: About 14 years but from a slow start.

4) If you could have dinner with one person (dead or alive), who would that be?

ANSWER: The Dalai Lama would be my choice.

5) What influenced you to submit to have your poetry performed by a professional actor?

ANSWER: To me it was an excellent way to draw attention to a young man with DMD, in a wheelchair and who had the drive to solve Big Gun problems that go back to the 1960’s.

6) Do you write other works? scripts? Short Stories? Etc..?

ANSWER: Yes. A MG fantasy novel. A book of 75 poems.. A collection of short stories. Flash Fiction, and articles.

7) What is your passion in life?

ANSWER; To be the best in what I do.

Performed by Matt Barnes

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