Interview with Carlo Danese (WINTER AFTERNOON)

Matthew Toffolo: What is the theme of your poem?

Carlo Danese: How one experience can in a split second flip over into an ‘opposite’ experience

2) What motivated you to write this poem?

Sounds funny, but a remark I overheard from somebody about her brother. Plus a photograph I took of a snowy field in the finger lakes during the winter.

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3) How long have you been writing poetry?

30 years approximately

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

God, but if he/she is not available, the devil … don’t mean to be sarcastic but my real fantasy would be to have sort of a ‘last supper’ with a few dozen or more writers, artists, labor leaders, inventors ….nannies, cooks, carpenters, unemployed and/or unemployable types …

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

I saw your ad. To be honest, I do not send my work out very much — this poem is one of my first ‘narrative poems’

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

Yes – poetry, short stories, and I have had a few short plays produced. I have recently completed a screenplay named THE SAVIORS and ‘relocated’ to Los Angeles in order to try to get the script in the hands & brains of people who will see / understand the story and get it produced … It is partially sci fi but also ‘new age’ (for want of better term) as well as just a crazy tale … It is relatively low budget, and any ‘special effects’ simple to produce … The right director will understand that REAL sci fi entails getting the audience to see all that is NOT on the screen … It is called ‘imagination’ which is limitless tho I fear the 24/7 immersion of people into ‘media’ from birth does not give people, especially young people, the space and time to just dream – imagine – see & hear what nobody else sees & hears … connect to that universal consciousness with or without ‘religion’ …

7) What is your passion in life?

Keep going, help people ‘see’ – right now get THE SAVIORS produced. On another level, I am pretty political and along with keeping the present administration from endangering our society I hope our population becomes more aware of how politics works …

Some basic elements need to be radically changed … Real education is the first, most important aspect.

Watch the Poetry Reading: 

Performed by Elizabeth Rose Morriss

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Interview with Poet Mustofa Munir (FREEDOM)

1. What is the theme of poem?

Answer:

Freedom—the source of energy, rejoice, bliss and exuberance for every creature that exists in this world. It is an inherent privilege granted to all humankind too. It prevails but not all living souls enjoy the true freedom though it is so inseparable from the life.

2. What motivated you to write this poem?

Answer:

The true freedom we never achieve in our life time. This way or that way we are slave to our own desire. The weaker entity concedes defeat to the passion, greed and power of the stronger one. That has an impact on the society as well as on the world at large. Out of these there evolves a strong urge that motivated me to write a few lines as poem.

3. How long have you been writing poetry?

Answer:

Since my boyhood in middle school.

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

Answer:

The one I can depend, trust and love.

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

Answer:

I saw and heard brilliant poems are published and read by someone whose voice injected an appeal and emotion that made the poem more vibrant.

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

Answer: Yes I do.


7. What is your passion in life?

Answer:

What I loved during my childhood I want to preserve them in my thoughts and actions till my death by being true to myself.

Watch the Poetry Reading: 

Performed by Elizabeth Rose Morriss

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Interview with Poet Arloa L. Means (THE PROMISE)

Matthew Toffolo: What is the theme of your poem?

Arloa L. Means: The theme of my poem “The Promise”, is the fulfillment of God’s promise & prophecy, to re-establish the Nation of Israel

2) What motivated you to write this poem?

My motivation in writing this poem was to express lyrically & with music as one of many songs sung within my musical play ” The Promises”

3) How long have you been writing poetry?

I’ve written poetry Since my youth, over 50 years.

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

If I could have dinner with anyone….Jesus Christ.

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

I wanted to hear it read by someone other than myself,to get a clearer view as to how it would come across to others.

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

I am a Librettist and composer, I have musical works written as well as poems and stand alone songs.

7) What is your passion in life?

My passion from a writers standpoint is to create songs and scripts for musical theater.

Watch the POETRY Reading: 

Performed by Elizabeth Rose Morriss

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Interview with Poet Lauren White (First Contact)

Matthew Toffolo: What is the theme of your poem?

Lauren White: The theme was initially love, loss, and heartbreak. Towards the end, it turned into hope.

2) What motivated you to write this poem?

I wrote this about the last man that I dated. He had a huge impact on me in a short amount of time. Most of the lines in the poem have some ring of truth, including the nicknames and the Star Trek First Contact Day reference, which is the day we started talking to each other. It was a whirlwind that ended abruptly. I had a lot of thoughts and emotions afterwards that I have been processing through poetry. This was the second of several poems about him.

3) How long have you been writing poetry?

I’m actually not sure how long I have been writing. I believe that i’ve probably always written on scraps of paper here and there. The earliest poems that I can remember are those from high school. I was in high school the first time I won a poetry contest. I also participated in a literary magazine. I had been writing off and on since then, but am currently trying to write each day, as I find the process therapeutic.

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

My maternal grandmother. She died when I was about two months old, so I never got the chance to know her. I hear a lot about her big heart and kind personality from my family. I like to believe she would motivate me in my writing and be very proud of me.

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

In part, the discount to be honest, lol. But, I did also want to see what it would be like to have someone else put feeling to my words. It was even better than I expected. Esther captured the emotions perfectly.

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

Nope, just poetry and occasional prose in the form of rants.

7) What is your passion in life?

I’m still trying to figure that out, but I believe this – writing poetry – is it. I’m enjoying exploring new forms and styles of writing and finding inspiration in places that I’ve never looked. I’m interacting, making friends, and writing with fellow bloggers. The process is relaxing and calming and helps me keep my depression and anxiety issues at bay. I’m also very into music and have been doing a “From My Playlist” series on my blog to introduce others to new genres and songs.

Go to the poet’s website: https://hellolaurentms.com.

Performed by Esther Thibault

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Interview with Poet Susan L. Brown (Response To 8 Philosophers)

Matthew Toffolo: What is the theme of your poem?

Susan L. Brown: Looking at the idea of Philosophy through the lives of ordinary people.

2) What motivated you to write this poem?

This poem was a response to an amazing documentary film about contemporary international Philosophers.

Examined Life is a 2008 Canadian documentary film about philosophers directed by Astra Taylor. The film features eight influential modern philosophers …

3) How long have you been writing poetry?

I have been writing poetry since I was in public school. I was extremely lucky to have several excellent English teachers during my school career who encouraged and inspired me to write.

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

I believe I’d like to have a conversation over dinner with a good story-teller, like ” Mark Twain”.

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

I like to support all the arts and having an actor participate in my poetry was allowing an opportunity to enjoy another artist’s interpretation of my words and voice.

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

I have curated art exhibitions and have written exhibition catalogues. When CBC Radio produced an independent contributors’ program named, “OUT FRONT”, I scripted, performed and edited a short production that was aired.

7) What is your passion in life?

My passion in life is creating and sharing my experiences across and through global cultures in my art.

Interview with Poet Sam Allen (Viola’s Rebellion)

Matthew Toffolo: What is the theme of your poem?

Sam Allen: The poem is about female emancipation and emancipation in general. It is about breaking free from roles that confine you and allowing your soul to play out fully and abundantly.

2) What motivated you to write this poem?

Four of my top five values in life are freedom, expression, passion and creativity. The poem came from connecting to these values and expressing what came from this connection intuitively through words.

3) How long have you been writing poetry?

I have always loved to write and remember writing songs and poems as a child. However it was after losing my amazing Dad to pancreatic cancer in December 2015 that writing poetry became a cathartic kind of self-therapy process. Since that very day I have written poetry every day and don’t intend to stop!

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

I would love to have dinner with Paulo Coelho as I find him inspiring, emotionally articulate and at the same time very human and relatable. The Alchemist is one of my all time favourite books.

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

I was curious to hear how the words I had written sounded when somebody I didn’t know read them aloud.

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

I mainly write and blog poetry, prose and inspirational quotes. I would also like to try my hand at writing raps and songs!

7) What is your passion in life?

I have many passions and my greatest passion is my work as a Creative Life Coach. This work involves helping clients to solve their current life challenges using their own intuition, creativity and resourcefulness. I can be contacted via email on samallencoachingcreatively@gmail.com should you wish to book a free no-obligations demo session and more details can be found on my website http://www.samallencoachingcreatively.com

Performed by Esther Thibault

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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