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John Nevel Author Interview

Poetic Mind is a collection of poetry that is thought-provoking and inspiring with topics ranging from fantasy to social struggles. What was the inspiration for the poetry in this collection?

Over the years I have struggled in many ways. One of them being diagnosed with and living with PTSD after returning from the war. One of the biggest add-ons to PTSD is insomnia, which I suffered from for many years. With the lack of sleep, I found myself more in tune with what was happening with the world around me. I have always been an activist for many things: women’s rights, equal pay, etc. I found myself indulging more and more on the topics going on and current events. I display a lot of my beliefs in my poetry, and writing in general. Activism comes in many forms; writing is mine. I have always had a vivid imagination as I began writing poetry at as early as ten years old. I’ve studied it…perfected it in my own style and technique.

Kiss of the Dragon is one of my favorite poems, do you have a favorite in this collection and if so why?

I don’t have a favorite, per say, as all of them are my babies…my creations. It is hard to pick one from the hundreds I have written. My favorite poems are the ones that have a sense of rap laced lyrical content, such as Pandemonium. I also enjoy those which reflect my childhood because I was always taught by my mother to never forget where I came from, and to honor the rough times. Life gets better with age.

What were some themes that were important for you to explore in this book?

The general theme in this particular collection is the coming of my poetic style. The rise of the mind of poet John Nevel; my debut of what is to come. I wanted to unload thoughts and feelings that have been dwelling in my brain for years and this was my opportunity to do so. I wanted to talk about current things in society that need to be changed, from how we treat each other to giving it all you have got in this one world we are given to live. I think I accomplished that with this collection…one that came straight from my heart and soul. I hope each reader enjoys the journey of my thoughts splattered onto each and every page.

What is the next book that you are working on and when will it be available?

I am currently working on Poetic Mind 2: The Collection, and from what I have written thus far, it is going to be a show-stopper in the world of poetry. I am really showcasing my lyrical talent in this one! Perfection takes time, and trust me, it will be worth the wait! This next collection will be coming by the end of 2022 and will be announced through social media and my official website.

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“Like Emily Dickinson and Sylvia Plath, John Nevel finds universes of meaning in small, carefully observed facets of life. In his collected works, Poetic Mind, John shows that he can examine things as simple as a clock or the rain and discover profound meaning through observation from new perspectives. The volume is aptly titled because many of the poems deal with the processes of the mind: imagination, creativity, brainstorming, even writer’s block. His style shows a familiarity with the classics modernized with echoes of rap structure. John is an important new voice, and I look forward to more of his work.”
-Robert Jerome

Poetic Mind

Poetic Mind is a deep dive into the mind of its creator, John Nevel. Nevel clearly enjoys experimental writing as he utilizes a range of styles to keep his work fresh. No two poems are the same. Nevel is familiar with and influenced by the classics. He has taken what he has learned and created his own amazing style. Many of the poems are best enjoyed read aloud as Nevel makes repeated use of rap structures.

While each poem is different Nevel, has taken this opportunity to share with us what he cares about most. Nevel has fought for his country, and there are clearly parts of modern society he is unhappy with. In this work, he rallies against varying social dilemmas and kinds of discrimination whether it be racism, sexism, or prejudices against mental health. Nevel’s imagery is vivid and strong. Some poems are almost a slideshow of his innermost thoughts. Most powerful are the poems where he reflects on his own struggles and history. He does give readers some lighthearted moments. Some poems are joyous and tell us a short story. One of my personal favorites is Kiss of the Dragon–a fantasy poem about a dragon and an old lady.

Nevel is confident in his both his writing and the value of his experiences. The author spends a lot of time in this collection trying to inspire others to write. Several poems in the collection are solely about writing processes and helping others to take the dive into discovering their own talents.

Poetic Mind: The Collection, by John Nevel, is a great collection of poems whether you’re familiar with Nevel’s work or not. The poems are vivid and inspiring and, if nothing else, it is fascinating to take such an incredible look into the psyche of another human being. I highly recommend this exceptional piece of work by Nevel.

Pages: 201 | ISBN: 979-8490047575

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