Poet Interview, Kezia Jones

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Interview #55, with poet and preacher’s daughter, Kezia Jones!

Describe yourself in 5 words:

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Loyal, Humble, Loving, Sensitive, and God-Fearing.

Share a short excerpt and blurb of your work (10-100 words):

Labels, Tags what is it all 4 2 show

the world you aren’t poor

status symbol of the struggle

a product of your time

proof to the world that u

can shine bright yes u a star

Gucci, Louis, Prada is your light

the label of success

growing up juicy couture

we find our true religion in jeans

and we rock our republic

while our world is falling apart at the seams

but at least we are somebody and we can afford the right things

this is what we struggle 4

these labels and tags have become the American dream

Very nice ;) Share an excerpt of your favorite poet’s work (10-100 words):

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world.

Our Deepest Fear by Marianne Williamson

Did reading a poem first spark the desire to write poetry, or was it an experience?:

My diary is where I released my issues, let out my fears, and learned who I was it was where I first wrote poetry and learned I could express myself through my poetry.

I can totally relate to that :) What goal do you seek through your poetry?

To inspire people to go after their dreams and to seek spiritual connection.

Yes, materialism is not the same as spirituality (and if people can’t understand that, well…). Please share your #1 tip for poets/writers:

Write from your heart.

Your websites/blogs/etc:

www.facebook.com/mytestimonymydiary

www.twitter.com/Queendown4life

www.amazon.com/Kezia-Jones/e/B0080JDV54

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Much thanks to Kezia for stopping by!

Poet Interview, Matthew Andrako

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Interview #50, with poet, Matthew Andrako!

Describe yourself in 5 words:

knowledge seeker, thinker, dreamer, creator

Share a short excerpt and blurb of your work (10-100 words):

mimesis

An excerpt taken from “To the Girl That Sat in Front of Me in Biology Class”

Once more I must remark upon
The visions aglow atop your look,
A cool moon eclipsed by a fiery storm
Of red waves and flowing reactions
Of gold and scarlet hues.
Or about the lips in a simpering muse
To the tune of a friendly smile or ruse
In tune to an admirer’s ha.

I doubt you’d expect such record or
Alluring expression at your accord
But I must respect
The wandering arts of beauty, esteem,
In a world where magnificence is so universal,
Has lost the power to move the heart.

I must depart, but say I before I arrive
At another call for interruption,
Thou hast remarkable qualities
In proportion to such refined effects.

Share an excerpt of your favorite poet’s work (10-100 words):

If you had asked me eight years ago, I would have remarked, “My favorite poet must be John Donne, Jim Morrison, or William Shakespeare!” They heavily influenced my love poetry and philosophical musings in Mimesis. Now, I enjoy Stephen Crane, Richard Brautigan, and others.

I will share with you today something from Stephen Crane:

Once, I knew a fine song,
–It is true, believe me,–
It was all of birds,
And I held them in a basket;
When I opened the wicket,
Heavens! they all flew away.
I cried: “Come back, little thoughts!”
But they only laughed.
They flew on
Until they were as sand
Thrown between me and the sky.

Did reading a poem first spark the desire to write poetry, or was it an experience?:

A growing experience. I found the first spark of desire to write poetry during an American Literature class at North Carolina State University with a wonderful professor to whom my first book of poetry, Mimesis, is dedicated. Throughout lectures, I would find myself writing my own verses in the margins of my notes. Ideas of philosophy, purpose, and the pursuit of the American Dream inspired me to seek out and discover my own principles and place. I signed up for other literature and philosophy classes to broaden my scope. I ventured into the stacks of used book stores and gobbled up classics and contemporary literature.

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[Jim Morrison | Image from last.fm]

I watched The Doors at least twenty times and strove to comprehend the rock poet, Jim Morrison, and his journey to capture (or at least understand) the American Dream. The words of poetry and inspiration began to flow like a river within my mind that was unstoppable; I wanted to bottle up all that I could to analyze it, know where it came from, where it was going, and celebrate it. I carried with me a small notepad everywhere, and always had a pen in my pocket. I never knew when a particular verse would come and it had to be written down and remembered. To this day, I never leave the house without a pen.

Wow, twenty times! What goal do you seek through your poetry?

For the reader to find inspiration. I write love poetry. Poems of admiration. Poems of beauty. Satirical poems, often political. I enjoy a twist of philosophy. It is my hope that through my words, you will find a spark of inspiration that arouses you to create or open your mind to a new idea.

That’s a great goal. Please share your #1 tip for poets/writers:

Seek your inspiration, your muse. Keep an open mind and do something out of the ordinary to add depth in your life: travel, enroll in a humanities class, attend a play, walk through an art gallery, speak to a stranger. Embrace beauty in all its forms and may you find inspiration in the smallest of things.

Yes, we certainly could do with more of that to combat materialism and crass commercialism. Your websites/blogs/etc:

Blog: http://meandrak.wordpress.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Meandrak

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Matthew-Andrako-Author/117338498390343

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Much thanks to Matthew for stopping by! Be sure to visit his blog where you may find more of his poetry (text as well as recordings). The publication of his first book, Mimesis, is a step towards realizing his goals as an author.