Interview #52, with the extremely multi-talented writer, poet, and artist, Uvi Poznansky!
Describe yourself in 5 words:
Author, poet, artist, architect, software engineer.
Share a short excerpt and blurb of your work:
For my own sake I should have been much more careful. Now — even in her absence — I find myself in her hands, which feels strange to me. I am surrounded — and at the same time, isolated. I am alone. I am apart from Love.
Ben, in Nothing Surrendered
My novel, Apart From Love, is an intimate peek into the life of a uniquely strange family: Natasha, the accomplished pianist, has been stricken with early-onset Alzheimerʼs. Her ex-husband Lenny has never told their son Ben, who left home ten years ago, about her situation. At the same time Lenny has been carrying on a love affair with a young redhead, who bears a striking physical resemblance to his wife, but unlike her, is uneducated, direct and unrefined. This is how things stand at this moment, the moment of Benʼs return to his childhood home, and to a contentious relationship with his father. And so he finds himself standing here, on the threshold of where he grew up, feeling utterly awkward. He knocks, and a stranger opens the door. The first thing that comes to mind: what is she doing here? The second thing: she is young, much too young for his father. The third: her hair. Red.
Share an excerpt of your favorite poet’s work (10-100 words):
Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary,
Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore,
While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping,
As of someone gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door.
” ‘Tis some visitor,” I muttered, “tapping at my chamber door;
Only this, and nothing more.”
(Edgar Allan Poe, The Raven)
Great choice — I’m a huge Poe fan! Comment on the writing versus publication process, in your experience:
You soar through the writing, and wade through the publication process.
What is your definition of “good writing”?
Let me quote my character, Lenny, a would-be-writer. In his words:
“What I wish to open up is not me, but my characters — all of whom are parts of who I am — giving her the opportunity to know them, to come live in their skin, to see, hear, touch everything they do. Just, be there, inside my head for a while, which I admit, may be rather uneasy at times. If — if she cared to listen, which I doubt, she would allow me to pull her inside — so deep, so close to the core, that it would be hard to escape, hard to wake up.”
Did reading a poem first spark the desire to write poetry, or was it an experience?:
The desire to tell stories and compose poems has awakened in me in a very early stage, before I could even read or write. My father, who was a poet and writer, would transcribe my creations onto his diary starting when I was three years old.
What goal do you seek through your poetry?
To express something that is inexpressible in words. A cry. A sound of laughter. A twist of logic that catches up to you by the end.
As an artist, you work in the following art forms: sculptures, oil paintings, and watercolors (wow!). Do you have a favorite artistic medium? Was there something about these mediums which drew you to them?:
I always seek to stretch the envelope and work in new mediums because it gives me the opportunity to extend the palette of ideas and emotions described in my art. Thus I create clay models for my large bronze sculptures, and at other times I engineer paper sculptures; I paint in oil and watercolor, I draw in charcoal, I dabble in Photoshop, and even create computer animations, which consume months of my life.
Who are some of your favorite visual artists?:
Michelangelo, Rodin, Dali.
I love their work too. Please share your #1 tip for poets/writers:
Perfect! Your websites/blogs/etc:
My author page on Amazon: www.amazon.com/Uvi-Poznansky/e/B006WW4ZFG
To see my sculptures, paintings and watercolors, and to read a sample of my poems and stories, here is my website: www.uviart.com
My blog (contains a link to my radio interview): www.uviart.blogspot.com
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Much thanks to Uvi for stopping by!
Uvi (Ahuva) Poznansky is an Israeli-born, California-based artist, writer and poet. Her versatile body of work includes bronze and ceramic sculptures, oil and watercolor paintings, charcoal, pen and pencil drawings, and mixed media. She has a profound knowledge of the human form, and an equally profound compassion for the human story.
Above all, Uvi devotes herself passionately to her artwork, creating evocative and compelling images that touch the heart and engage the mind. Her website is www.uviart.com