Interview with Poet Franco D’Alessandro (LEOPARD CLUB LOVE)

1) What is the theme of your poem? That transformative power of -what the Greeks called- Storge/Philia love, especially when found in an unlikely place and between unlikely people. 2) What motivated you to write this poem? My relationship with a student who has become a son to me. A rather tricky thing as I… Continue reading Interview with Poet Franco D’Alessandro (LEOPARD CLUB LOVE)

Interview with Poet Janelle Barker (9/11 ATTACKS)

1) What is the theme of your poem? the theme of my poem is finding your strength to stay strong 2) What motivated you to write this poem? this event changed the world and affected all of us deep into our heart, whether we were there or not. 3) How long have you been writing… Continue reading Interview with Poet Janelle Barker (9/11 ATTACKS)

Interview with Poet James Morgan-Jones (Demoiselle)

Matthew Toffolo: What is the theme of your poem? James Morgan-Jones: The beauty of the natural world, of difference and of the individual. 2) What motivated you to write this poem? A visitation by the demoiselle as I sat in the garden on a beautiful spring day. 3) How long have you been writing poetry?… Continue reading Interview with Poet James Morgan-Jones (Demoiselle)

Interview with Poet Paul O’Donnell (PASSING)

Matthew Toffolo: What is the theme of your poem? Paul O’Donnell: Despair, frustration, poor decisions and their consequences, hope 2) What motivated you to write this poem? All my poetry is prompted by what I feel or see. It’s my way of thinking about social change and doing something about it with the power of… Continue reading Interview with Poet Paul O’Donnell (PASSING)

Interview with Poet Kirsten Warner (GRITTY, DANGEROUS DOLL)

 1) What is the theme of your poem? The theme of this poem is how to turn disappointment into something useful for myself, how to transform that deadly blow into art. 2) What motivated you to write this poem? I was not long-listed for the New Zealand book awards which I expected, although I later… Continue reading Interview with Poet Kirsten Warner (GRITTY, DANGEROUS DOLL)

Interview with Poet Bill Mumford (THE KEENING CURLEW)

1) What is the theme of your poem? Despite the sense of desolation the poem is about hope- the curlew’s call sounds like a mourning lament but actually it is a love song to attract a mate. The poem finishes with the observation that people who are very sick in hospital will smile and feel… Continue reading Interview with Poet Bill Mumford (THE KEENING CURLEW)

Interview with Poet Robert Drusetta (Once Upon a Crooked Time…)

Matthew Toffolo: What is the theme of your poem? Robert Drusetta: Everyone is unique, outside and in, but we can co-exist in harmony. 2) What motivated you to write this poem? I wanted to write a fun nonsense poem that has disability as a subtext theme 3) How long have you been writing poetry? On… Continue reading Interview with Poet Robert Drusetta (Once Upon a Crooked Time…)

Interview with Poet LannaEvolved (LOCKED TREASURE)

Matthew Toffolo: What is the theme of your poem? LannaEvolved: The theme is the unpredictability of life within a universal existence. Everyone has their own unique experience, yet each person somehow manages to crossover with someone else’s without knowing it. Living shared experiences. The theme is rooted in the reality that we are one with… Continue reading Interview with Poet LannaEvolved (LOCKED TREASURE)