Poet Interview, Edward G. Brown

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Interview #56, with Edward Giles Brown, who wrote a Sonnet every day for a year in 2005!

Describe yourself in 5 words:

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Patient Industrious Stubborn Impulsive Curious

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

365 Days of Verse
(365 Days of Verse: Volume II | Book Cover)

From Volume 1:

Good it does breathing the provincial air,
While wet bullets plunge from the well-armed line,
And spent shells run slick under foot, downhill;
Canopies of green hover on ridges
When no mist grows thick around their borders,
In every season, envious they bloom;
And when no white eclipses heaven’s edge,
Myriad ancient signals make their way
Across an infinite span to meet me,
Each flicker never to be repeated,
New and fragile and then at once dispatched
Through the glory of eyes and intellect.
Many pleasures and sweets in city lights,
But none compare to these rustic delights.

— Copyright 2005-2011 Edward G. Brown

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

From W.H. Auden’s The More Loving One

Looking up at the stars, I know quite well
That, for all they care, I can go to hell,
But on earth indifference is the least
We have to dread from man or beast.

How should we like it were stars to burn
With a passion for us we could not return?
If equal affection cannot be,
Let the more loving one be me.

Admirer as I think I am
Of stars that do not give a damn,
I cannot, now I see them, say
I missed one terribly all day.

Were all stars to disappear or die,
I should learn to look at an empty sky
And feel its total dark sublime,

Though this might take me a little time.

— Copyright 1960 W. H. Auden

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

When I was in high school I used to sit under a tree in the back yard and read Whitman’s Leaves of Grass. There were many times when reading the poetry transformed my experience of life. It taught me to observe and truly see what was around me. Writing poetry always puts me in touch with that kind of experience and I began to crave it. So in a sense, both.

Nice :) What goal do you seek through your poetry?

I always endeavor to capture some sense of truth in my life, and to do it in a way that isn’t trite or shopworn. It’s a huge challenge, especially when working on a project that requires output every day. If I’m honest, I wouldn’t hate a bit of recognition for my efforts. I’ll keep at it regardless because writing is its own reward in many ways.

Yes, the work itself has to bring satisfaction (along with the recognition)! Please share your #1 tip for poets/writers:

Write something every day.

Your websites/blogs/etc:

http://365daysofverse.wordpress.com/
https://twitter.com/#!/365DaysOfVerse
http://amazon.com/author/edwardgilesbrown

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Much thanks to Edward for stopping by!

POET BIO: Edward Giles Brown wrote a Sonnet every day for a year in 2005 and is publishing them in 3 volumes. Volumes 1 and 2 are currently available on Amazon. Check out his WordPress blog and Amazon author page for more info!

Poet Interview, Shamsud Ahmed

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Interview #48, with Indian poet, Shamsud Ahmed!

Describe yourself in 5 words:

Someone who tries very hard.

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

mystic_verse

This is from my Kindle Book – Absquatulate and one of the reviewers liked these lines from one of my poems:

A fancy has no boundary;
Should I sneak into your heart?
And write my name with light;
Should I seal it before the day break?
I don’t want to get late,
Should it take its own course instead?

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

Honestly, it is a very difficult question. I would however like to quote something I feel we all should keep in mind–

The Poem: Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening, by Robert Frost

The woods are lovely, dark and deep.
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.

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

I started writing at a very young age, first for the school journal and later for my college. I slowly graduated to contributing my work to local journals and newspaper. I published my first book last year and from there on I continued to work on more book and have published 3 more since then. Recently I have also started working on few scripts for a Television Thriller for one of my dear friends.

I am in the process of creating a new book (a compilation made up of submissions from various bloggers around the world). The book will be published next month and I’m more than happy to accept good contributions.

Cool! What goal do you seek through your poetry?

My ultimate objective is to bring Poetry to the Masses; to continue to innovate and improve my work. The primitive languages of human beings were poetic. I feel we all have a certain rhythm inside us, and that Poetry is all about Rhythm of Words.

Excellent. Please share your #1 tip for poets/writers:

Read, Read and Read.

Write, Write and Write.

It doesn’t matter if things go wrong but never give up. You write many [words] to ensure that the few you have selected are the best. Never fear failure.

Even more excellent. Your websites/blogs/etc:

http://iamdirtyineedwashing.blogspot.in

Join me at facebook.com/mysticeverse or write to me at shamsud.ahmedATgmailDOTcom

Cheers and Keep Winning,

Shamsud Ahmed

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Much thanks to Shamsud for stopping by! Be sure to check out his blog for more excerpts of his poetry [along with my recent interview with Shamsud on haiku ;)].

Poet Interview, John Mackeigan

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Interview #47, with poet, John Mackeigan!

Describe yourself in 5 words:

Honest, caring, loving, respectful and quiet.

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

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I LOOKED UP TODAY, SAW A RAINBOW IN THE SKY
THEN THOUGHT OF YOU, I KNOW NOT WHY
SO I STOPPED TO PONDER FOR A WHILE
AND REALIZED INSIDE, WAS A SMILE
LITTLE THINGS CAN MAKE US HAPPY THERE
AND SO WITH YOU I WANT TO SHARE
SOON SUNSHINE AND RAINBOW BECOME DARK AND STAR
TWINKLING SPARKLES ETCHED UPON BLANKETS OF TAR
AN ARTISTIC CANVAS WROUGHT OF SPIRITUAL HANDS
WHILE EARTHBOUND ANGELS UNSEEN, GLIDE THE LANDS

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

And death shall have no dominion.
Dead mean naked they shall be one
With the man in the wind and the west moon;
When their bones are picked clean and the clean bones gone,
They shall have stars at elbow and foot;
Though they go mad they shall be sane,
Though they sink through the sea they shall rise again;
Though lovers be lost love shall not;
And death shall have no dominion.

Dylan Thomas

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

Really it was just inspiration and/or improve.

What goal do you seek through your poetry?

To share it with others and perhaps at the same time have some financial retirement funds through it.

Please share your #1 tip for poets/writers:

Speak from your heart.

Indeed! Your websites/blogs/etc:

Here’s the link to my poetry book on Amazon.

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Much thanks to John for stopping by! Stay tuned for a couple more poet interviews I’ll soon be posting ;)

Poet Interview, Robert Lew

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I’ve always liked poetry (“poet interviews” will be a new addition to this blog). Without further ado, here’s Mr. Robert Lew!

Describe yourself in 5 words:

Artist, poet, vegetarian, spiritual seeker.

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

shadows disappear – haiku

bright morning sunlight
clouds appear in the window…
shadows disappear

inner life – haiku

proximal worker
but a social outlier…
keeps an inner life

My poetry is focused entirely on haiku now. I use a strict 5-7-5 syllable structure which works well for me. The discipline keeps my creativity focused — important for me. I’ve been writing poetry all my life; and it was mostly free-form poems, until the last year.

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