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 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 Kelly Loraine Stearns (RAPTURE OF THE MIND)

1) What is the theme of your poem?

The theme of this poem is reflection. Your life resembles a mirror, in the sense that every experience refracts displays and understand the choices and experiences that we chose to endure. To be able to apply these decisions to our life in the current but most importantly,

2) What motivated you to write this poem?

I would have to say time. The moments we endure within this life are expressions of our true self. Through this ‘time’ that we live we display every conscious movement/feeling through our experience. We express our emotions throughout this wave of time, moments that ultimately shape and mold the life we feel. Our choices shape the world we create, ultimately initiating what we endure today. Every action that we choose is a reaction from a decsicion we have already made It is within time that I have expanded, progressed within this life that we all travel through experiencing moments that are leaving behind many pieces of my journey. reflecting on certain portions of this ‘timeline’ brings about many thoughts, some bring moments of happiness while others bring

3) How long have you been writing poetry?

I have been writing since elementary school but I have been dedicated to writing poetry for the last 3 years.

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

My best friend did, actually. I have always wanted to hear/see my words put to life, it puts a completely different perspective on a poem when you can visually see your words expressed by someone other than yourself. I had submitted a poem to festivalforpoetry.com

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

Yes, I write in many forms! One thing i love about writing is how vast and versatile the spectrum is. There are so many categories of writing to dive into. I see the human language as a sea of endless possibilities, ideas anticipating that one hook to capture a particular idea, reeling and bringing emotion to life. Writing is kind of like a fish bowl of possibilites, there are so many

6) What is your passion in life?

Bringing happiness to others. To me, there is no greater feeling than feeling another persons joy. To not only see

Watch the Poetry Reading: 

Performed by Danielle Nicole

Interview with Poet Charbel Tadros (LUCIFER’S GRIEF)

1) What is the theme of your poem?

The theme of Lucifer’s Grief is the final biblical quarrel between God and Lucifer.

2) What motivated you to write this poem?

My motivation for writing it is, I believe, the same as anyone’s motive to write anything. I found it inside me and I had to let it out.

3) How long have you been writing poetry?

I’ve been writing poetry for more than ten years now.

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

The list is practically endless, but the only person I can think of now is Neale Donald Walsch, the author of Conversations with God…for obvious reasons related to this poem.

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

I joined a previous competition and liked your work, so I thought why not.

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

Yes. I have published seven books already ranging from self-help to fantasy to children’s literature. This poem is featured in my collection entitled “When the Spirit Speaks”.

7) What is your passion in life?

I have many passions in life, but my most cherished and sought after is my kids. I do anything for their wellbeing, success and happiness.

Watch the Poetry Reading: 

Performed by Brian Scott Carleton