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

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Performed by Val Cole

 

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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 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