Interview with Poet Cleveland W. Gibson (THE LAMENT)

1) What is the theme of your poem?

It is the cry from the heart that a mother feels on losing her child.But the reader must be aware that father’s can cry, can suffer too.

2) What motivated you to write this poem?

I was in a situation , giving my son CPR and at the same time I heard my wife screaming for help as she ran up the road. A young lad offered her assistance at a traumatic time.

3) How long have you been writing poetry?

On and off for about ten years.

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

The late Dr Douglas Baker who was devoted to help anybody understand the meaning of being kind, charitable and what life was all about. He was a military man who became a doctor. His books make fantastic reading.

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

I thought an actor could do a wonderful job on the poetry I wrote.
Listen to the poem and see what I mean.

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

Yes. I’ve tried my hand at all kinds of writing.Short stories,

poetry, novels and even words to match surreal paintings done
by Donald Swartzentruber, the famous Totem artist. I have given my comments on all 36 paintings.(Reported in Warsaw Times).

7) What is your passion in life?

Paying tribute to my late son Dr Michael Gibson PhD who was a specialist in Autofrattage, and other complex problems. His written/published papers have been down loaded in massive numbers all around the world.

Watch the Poetry Reading: 

Performed by Danielle Nicole

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Interview with Poet Rhscribbles (RUN MAMA RUN)

Matthew Toffolo: What is the theme of your poem?

Rhscribbles: Immigration and refugees

2) What motivated you to write this poem?

The frustration with government and people confusing illegals and people needing asylum and the complexity of the issue.

3) How long have you been writing poetry?

Not long. I’ve wtitten a poem here and there and took a creative writing course in 2013. That got me interested. Then in 2017 I took the monyhly Poetry Challenge and decided I wanted to try my hand at writing regularly to see where it goes.

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

Michelle and/or Barak Obama

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

A fellow blogger recommended submitting and I liked the reading of her poem.

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

No or maybe not yet.

7) What is your passion in life?

Crossing the divide… simplifying life

Watch Poetry Reading: 

Performed by Val Cole

 

Interview with Poet Patricia Poulos (Saint – Kathleen my Mum)

Matthew Toffolo: What is the theme of your poem?

Patricia Poulos: Love and Loss.

2) What motivated you to write this poem?

To help cope with the loss of My Mum.

3) How long have you been writing poetry?

I guess since I can remember.

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

My Mum.

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

To share ‘The Saint’ who was My Mum, with the world.

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

I am the author of four non-fiction books, 5 Award-winning feature movie scripts and one Short and my three published Poems.
I am on IMDb: https://pro.imdb.com/name/nm5673147

7) What is your passion in life?

To prevent poverty, homelessness and to do all that I can to make things right in the world. Probably best described by the late Professor Zhu.

“A lady who wishes all the world in happiness and joyfulness.” (Professor Zhu of the China University of Political Science and Law, Beijing) [meaning of the name Chinese name ‘Poh-Luh-Shi’ he gave to Patricia Poulos].

Watch the Poetry Reading: 

Performed by Val Cole

Interview with Poet Mary Freericks (The Bombing of Tabriz)

Matthew Toffolo: What is the theme of your poem?

Mary Freericks: The theme of my poem is bombing.

2) What motivated you to write this poem?

I was writing family memoir poems at the time. I now have a book of them Blue Watermelon available on Amazon. I have nearly completed my next book, Cheer for Freedom.

3) How long have you been writing poetry?

I’ve been writing since the late 70’s.

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

Jesus.

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

I thought you were doing a film.

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

I have a prose book, Creative Puppetry in the Classroom and a number of articles

7) What is your passion in life?

I love to paint as well as write poetry and walk along the Pacific Ocean holding hands.

Watch the Poetry Reading: 

Performed by Val Cole

Interview with Poet TAK Erzinger (UNANSWERED CALL)

Matthew Toffolo: What is the theme of your poem?

TAK Erzinger: It is about the loss of human connection. It is also a commentary about how humanity is moving further away from its connection with nature and as we do so we are moving further away from ourselves and our destroying the natural world and in turn ourselves.

2) What motivated you to write this poem?

My poem was inspired by The Washington Post article: The Lonliest Whale in the World, an article about reports from scientists about a male whale that has been swimming alone around the ocean for years singing at 52 hertz. I imagine the whale is a lonely by-stander witnessing the demise of its environment and crying out but no one is hearing his plea.

3) How long have you been writing poetry?

I have been writing poetry since I was in high school however I have only begun writing poetry seriously since the beginning of 2017 after I was diagnosed with an illness.

However when I was 15 years old I summoned the courage to share several of my poems with my high school English teacher. Without me knowing he read them to his senior English class and suddenly all of these students I looked up to were complimenting me on my writing. It was overwhelming. That teacher told me all those years ago, you’re a natural writer. I should have listened to him back then. I am finally listening.

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

To be honest with you it would be Mahatma Gandhi because of his belief in non-violent solutions to create change in a society and his love of humanity, animals and nature.

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

I did so because I would like my poetry to be spread to a wider audience in order to provoke, inspire and help the reader in some way to find a connection and bring about change.

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

Yes, I write personal essays, short stories and articles.

7) What is your passion in life?

My 5 greatest passions are: writing, nature (the environment), drawing, walking and my husband.

Watch the Poetry Reading:

Performed by Val Cole

 

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

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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