George Carlin Once Said… — Dexter’s Daily Quotes

George Denis Patrick Carlin was born on May 12, 1937 and died on June 22, 2008. George was an American stand-up comedian, actor, philosopher, author, and social critic. George Carlin to me is a brilliant man. Many say his form of comedy was black or dark comedy but I looked at him as a realist […]

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Carl Jung Once Said… — Dexter’s Daily Quotes

Carl Gustav Jung was born on July 26, 1875 and died on June 6, 1961. Carl was a Swiss psychiatrist and psychoanalyst who founded analytical psychology. I agree with Carl in that I believe what he’s saying is there has to be a balance in life. If you have light you must have darkness and […]

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John F. Kennedy Once Said… — Dexter’s Daily Quotes

John Fitzgerald Kennedy was born on May 29, 1917 and died on November 22, 1963. Many referred to him by his initials JFK. John was served as the 35th President of the United States and was assassinated while in office by Lee Harvey Oswald. I suppose that every politician has some great quotes because they […]

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Freddie Mercury Once Said… — Dexter’s Daily Quotes

Freddie Mercury’s birth name was Farrokh Bulsara. Freddie was born on September 5, 1946 and died on November 24, 1991. Freddie Mercury was a British singer, songwriter, record producer, and lead vocalist of the rock band Queen. Freddie was definitely (at least later in life) not afraid to speak out. Perhaps he was talking about […]

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Elton John Once Said… — Dexter’s Daily Quotes

Sir Elton Hercules John was born Reginald Kenneth Dwight on March 25, 1947. Elton is an English singer, songwriter, pianist, and composer. One very interesting piece of information that I didn’t know about him is that Elton is an admirer of Monty Python as am I and that he was part of a group of […]

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Interview with Poet Iuliana Pașca

Matthew Toffolo: What is the theme of your poem?

As the title “Cosmogony” suggests, the theme is the creation of the cosmos, the poetic-self being the generator of this entire universe. Additionally, the poet’s coming into the world is akin to the birth of an entire universe.

2) What motivated you to write this poem?

I have always been curious about where we come from, what we truly are, and why we are here. When I was 5 years old, I started a journey of discovering the “end of the world”, but my quest was interrupted by a neighbour that found me wandering around and brought me home. Ha-ha. Since then, I continue my “expeditions” towards such discoveries, but, obviously, in a less physical manner.

I think I wrote this poem out of a desire to understand and express the joy of being part of something as great as this universe.

3) How long have you been writing poetry?

Do love letters to an imaginary friend count? 🙂

I wrote the first text, that can be defined poetic by the literary canons, about 10 years ago.

But, from my point of view, poetry is more than a correctly written text that may be generally accepted by the critics as such, it is a beautifully expressed emotion, so, my lost love letters to that imaginary friend could be considered poetry as well and then I should say I have been writing poetry since I knew how to write.

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

My grandmother that passed away too many years ago.

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

I didn’t think twice when you sent me the invitation. I appreciate the work you’re putting in promoting poetry and connecting poets around the world.

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

I write poetry, as, in this period of my life, it is the best way I can use to express myself. But I enjoy literature a lot and I also like doing translations of short stories and other poems. Besides, I wrote a few literary articles (such as: Madness in literature – Diary of a madman story) and I published editorials or interviews in local literary magazines.

7) What is your passion in life?

I enjoy many things in life, but I am especially passionate about those things/ places/ ideas etc. that I have yet to discover.

 
Watch the Poetry Reading: 

Performed by Allison Kampf

I would like to tell you about my birth
but how to start with no beginning?

Mother said I was born
ahead of my time;
I don’t remember,
but I know I was there when
I also gave birth to my mother.

I saw when from the heart
the galaxies
gushed streamingly,
suns were smiling on the spine
rasing satellites
from the tireless breath.
Neurons formed stars
in the rainbow hair,
while Mars was preparing
for the fight.

From the fingers of the left hand
it detached,
together with the rings, Saturn
then, as lightning,
Jupiter came out of nowhere,
and to my feet
was lying down
the Earth.

Interview with Poet Darell Philip

Matthew Toffolo: What is the theme of your poem?

Darell Philip: Inspirational and rememberance

2) What motivated you to write this poem?

26th March 2020, 8pm, would be an evening which would go down in history as millions of people across the UK would clap for our brave NHS workers putting their lives on the line for the country during the global Coronavirus pandemic. I wanted to document this moment in British history.

3) How long have you been writing poetry?

Since childhood – writing has been my life.

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

In light of the current Covid-19 crisis I’d say Mary Seacole – a pioneer in nursing who put her own life at risk by going to the battlefield where she treated wounded British soldiers during the Crimean War which took place from 1853-1856.

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

I thought it would be really cool to bring the poem to life and so decided to have a professional actor do that and I was not disappointed!

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

I’m also a freelance journalist and have written for a few various newspapers, magazines and websites.

7) What is your passion in life?

Writing is my passion. The great reformer, Martin Luther once said, “If you want to change the world, then pick up your pen and write,” which is what I hope to achieve each time I write.

Watch the Poetry Reading: 

Performed by Allison Kampf

Windows opened
Mum and I screaming at the top of our…
You know, that organ which
Mr Corona makes the point of his attack
Our voices in unison with the carnival of faces
Hand clapping together among our block
For those brave front liners
Robed in white and blue
Their lives risking for Queen and Country
For me and you

A sign in a window reads
Hang in there Hackney
Locked down, stuck in isolation
Longing to be free
Hooting and beeping cars drive by
An outpouring of love filling the illuminous sky
Dethroning Mr Corona from his royal seat
His nasty legacy we will surely defeat

An unusual crescendo took place that night
The community together an awesome sight
It was to everyone’s most absolute delight
To see Mr Corona given a most chilling fright
For all the lives he’s cruelly taken away
For all those families we kneel and pray
Our frontline heroes – relics of the past
For you we clap knowing this too shall past

The morning after the night before
A bright smile beams across the sky
As a reminder of that glorious day soon to come
When from this earth with angel’s wings
We take off and fly.