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 Gladys W. Muturi

1) What is the theme of your poem?

An open letter to the KKK, Neo-Nazi, and other white supremacists groups.

2) What motivated you to write this poem?

I remember watching the Charlottesville rally on the news and I was painfully distraught by the hate from Neo-Nazi groups.

I thought of why this hatred is going and I wanted to question them why do they hate people of color, religion, sexuality or where they come from.

3) How long have you been writing poetry?

All my life. I fall in love with poems when I was in elementary and I started to write in the 5th grade.

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

If I could have dinner with one person, it would be Maya Angelou. I love her.

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

I felt encouraged that my poem needs to be heard and I want the actor to use their strong voice to deliver like a message for the audience to hear.

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

I wrote and adapted a play called White Mama. White Mama is based on novel by Robert Downs about an elderly white woman, Estelle Malone becomes a foster mother to an African American juvenile B.T. Williamson. I am currently putting it in production. I already started a gofundme page for the play to get started http://www.gofundme.com/whitemamafund. Also, I am currently writing stories and movies.

7) What is your passion in life?

My passion in life is to inspire others, motivate people to erase hate and bring happiness and love into this world.

Performed by Matt Barnes

 

Interview with Poet Bob Mazzei

  1) What is the theme of your poem?

The poem Morbid Deceiver was published on a book my friend Jeff Lowe and I wrote in 2014, “Ziggurat – The Age of Total Dominion,” and it is about the sad condition of slavery that humankind lives under the power of our class-divided society. Jeff wrote part of the first chapter of the book and came up with very intelligent suggestions I made use of along the novel.

2) What motivated you to write this poem?

The poem is in line with the subject of the book. It is a trip inside our societies; kind of psychedelic journey some say. The class-divided society is a type of social cohabitation we need to overcome. It’s all about freedom and emancipation, yet not those liberties hypocritically postulated in our constitutions and laws. Freedom is not to be able to choose between A and B, freedom is to be able to reject that choice, as it is a prearranged choice.

3) How long have you been writing poetry?

I’ve been writing poems for 40 years, I started when I was 14.

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

I would have the pleasure to dine and sip a glass of good red wine with Mark Knopfler. I would like to share some musical ideas with him.

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

Well, I thought it was good to have it on your blog.

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

Apart from poems, some short stories and lyrics.

7) What is your passion in life?

My passion is languages in general and writing (English)

Performed by Val Cole

Interview with Poet BRIAN T. SLUGA

 1) What is the theme of your poem?

It’s about a feared dragon terrorizing a village. Its set in a Mid-evil time.

2) What motivated you to write this poem?

I wanted to do a poem out of the norm. Just to create a visual to the reader. Hope people like it.

3) How long have you been writing poetry?

I been writing poetry for about 20 years. Real seriously the last 3 years.

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

I would have to say Frank Sinatra. I’m fascinated with the man and musician.

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

Just thought that this particular one would be best heard by someone with a trained voice. To make the reader feel the story like it’s really happening.

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

I have written some short stories. I also am a songwriter my lyrics can be found on Songbay.

See me under My Write.

http://songbay.co/portfolio/22825

Also here is my site with my latest poems.The Autorank link lists viewers favorites.

https://allpoetry.com/Gorun1

7) What is your passion in life?

I am currently passionate about working on my first self published poetry book. Also my poem, How Does It Go, has been selected for the 2018 Waco Texas WordFest Anthology.

A public reading of the anthology will be at 7 pm October 6 at the Waco Convention. I hope to meet many up and coming poets.

My passion is for my poetry to move people when they read it. Also to be meaningful to readers worldwide.

 

 

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