Interview #45, with English poet, Gordon J.L.Ramel!
Describe yourself in 5 words:
Poet, philosopher, ecologist, almost human.
Share a short excerpt and blurb of your work (10-100 words):
Oh Lord, she looks so beautiful to me;
how is it that so many fail to see
the glory and the wondrous majesty
of Nature in her wild diversity
and the beauty that is Earth’s eternally?
Share an excerpt of your favorite poet’s work (10-100 words):
I have too many favourite poems, as an Englishman I am a great fan of the romantic poets, especially Wordsworth and Tennyson, but also very fond of Blake, Thomas and Eliot. From US poets I love Frost, Dickinson and Poe, but this leaves out so many.
I love Blake/Dickinson/Poe myself! Did reading a poem first spark the desire to write poetry, or was it an experience?:
It was my mother reading Nursery Rhymes to me, and then hearing “The Man From Snowy River” by Banjo Paterson read aloud in primary school — it was magic…
What goal do you seek through your poetry?
To perform magic.
Please share your #1 tip for poets/writers:
Be truthful, be honest.
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Much thanks to Gordon for stopping by!
+ GORDON’S BIO +
Gordon was born in England, raised in Australia and is an Ecologist by training, from Exeter University in the UK. For most of the last 12 years he has been working as a teacher of English or Science in schools in Bulgaria, Greece, Thailand and currently in a University in China.
Gordon has published poetry in various places since the beginning of this century. His poetry collection, The Whispering of the Leaves, can be purchased at Cafepress (this book is focused on Nature and Mankind and the interaction between the two). Other poems can be found at Ecology Info, The Hypertexts, and The Hexagon at Point & Circumference (this features poetry pubished in the print magazines The NeoVictorian/Cochlea and The Deronda Review).
Gordon is also the author of The Earthlife Web, originally uploaded in May 1995 (one of the first sites for home schoolers!).
P.S. Be sure to check out his epic poem, Tears of Kharnoon, on my 13-years-strong website, Dragonsinn.net.