Interview with Poet H. W. Robertson

Matthew Toffolo: What is the theme of your poem?

H. W. Robertson: Hope’s and my love is like the harmony of the sea and sky.

2) What motivated you to write this poem?

I love Hope, and we were at Cannon Beach, a favorite spot.

3) How long have you been writing poetry?

55 years

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

Walt Whitman

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

It seemed like a good opportunity.

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

I’ve published ten books of poems, three books of fiction, and a screenplay.

7) What is your passion in life?

Staying alive

Watch the Poetry Reading: 

Performed by Carina Cojeen

At ocean’s edge

I pledge

a solemn oath

to both

the sea and sky

that I

shall be as true

with you

in harmony

with me.

Interview with Poet Jason Yearick

Matthew Toffolo: What is the theme of your poem?

Jason Yearick: The chaotic nature of thoughts, images, and ideas being forced into linear time, expectation versus actualization and the mutability of the abstract molded into a concrete form.

2) What motivated you to write this poem?

The need to write despite not having the time I wanted to do so. I thought and still do, that I’m not the only person who wants more time to write, so I wrote this piece. If I didn’t write the piece all of the words, images and ideas flowing into me would just pour out and be lost. This piece was written to encourage other artists to create in spite of their circumstances. For good or bad.

3) How long have you been writing poetry?

Over 20 years.

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

King Solomon.

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

When I first started writing poetry it was all for the spoken word. I’ve been the only poet to read my work. I thought it would be cool to hear someone else read it.

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

I write articles, analytical pieces and whatever comes to mind. I have some rough draft screenplays and such sitting around.

7) What is your passion in life?

I am passionate about my role in God’s plan for humanity, writing and encouraging people to speak life one another.

Watch the Poetry Reading:

Performed by Carina Cojeen

Words are
falling,
tumbling, to
the ground
enjambments
spilling down
railways
without
a sound-
poets, are
whimpering,
writers,
simpering,
readers
wrestling
words
roughly,
regretting
this word
squall
realizing-
this poet,
has
abused
them
all.

Interview with Poet David Dephy

Matthew Toffolo: What is the theme of your poem?

David Dephy: Pain and hope, strength and kindness, our memories and forgiveness, because — some day — we will remember nothing of our enemies, but that killing silence of our friends.

2) What motivated you to write this poem?

The same things which I mentioned above – pain, hope, strength, forgiveness and kindness.

3) How long have you been writing poetry?

I was 21 years old when I started writing poetry and prose.

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

Only one person? Oh no, let me share the dinner with Edgar Allan Poe, William Blake and Jesus Christ… and one more… David Gilmour (from Pink Floyd) please if it’s not too late and if it’s not very much against of your rules add him in my dinner guests’ list … please.

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

I think this is the new dimension of understanding my own work, new sound, new view and it’s cool. It’s very cool.

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

Yes I am a poet, novelist, the short stories writer, essayist and the painter.

7) What is your passion in life?

Freedom. ‘Cause only the Freedom means the Poetry for me, and everything.

Watch the Poetry Reading:

Performed by Carina Cojeen

After centuries of living with nothing, but my love to you, friends,

I found myself surrounded by the luxury of feelings and I am safe

now, I am alive, I am breathing again, but where were you, my friends,

when I was broken? I am calm now, but where were you my friends

when the emptiness encircled me and I was afraid? Where are the friends

when I need them most? I was yearning for knowledge, but from this

day on, I don’t want to know a thing except for, will I be able or not

to love you again, friends. Maybe everything and maybe nothing that I

have given or maybe not given away will ever be really as mine, as my

own breath? Hello friends, I found you after centuries of living with nothing

but my expectations — our life is what our expectations are. I thank you all.

David Dephy

January 2, 2020

Interview with Poet Maurice Williams, Sr

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Interview with Poet Stephon Void (BOOTS)

1) What is the theme of your poem?

The poem is about systemic racism in the United States.

2) What motivated you to write this poem?

People need to understand that people of color want to be successful but there hundreds of years of laws and policies that are in place that prohibits them from be successful. That’s what motivated me to write this. We want to pull ourselves by our own boot straps but we need the resources to have our own boots.

3) How long have you been writing poetry?

I’ve been writing for about three years.
4) If you could have dinner with one person (dead or alive), who would that be?

President Obama.

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

I just wanted to draw more attention to my blog and share my thoughts with the world.

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

I write poems and devotional son my blog “Stephon’s Thoughts@ at http://www.stephoncvoid.com

7) What is your passion in life?

My passion for life is helping others and sharing the love of God throughout my daily living.

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Interview with Poet K. Exum (ASPIRATION)

1) What is the theme of your poem?

To beat the odds and expose the corruption displayed through our daily lives.

2) What motivated you to write this poem?

I wanted to use my voice to speak on a serious topic about police.

3) How long have you been writing poetry?

3 years

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

Martin Luther King Jr.

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

I just wanted to give it a try. Just to explore really.

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

Yes I write stories, speeches, and quotes. All are displayed on my blog, http://www.piecesofkblog.com

7) What is your passion in life?

Writing is my passion.

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Interview with Poet Clay Witkofsky (SIMPLE TRUTH)

1) What is the theme of your poem?

Simplify

2) What motivated you to write this poem?

Unknown

3) How long have you been writing poetry?

This is the only thing I’ve ever wrote

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

family

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

For fun

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

no


7) What is your passion in life?

Mostly everything

Watch Poetry Reading: 

Performed by Anne McMaster