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Poetry for hUmaNITY

Lali A. Love
Lali A Love Author Interview

Organic eMotions provides readers with a powerfully emotional collection of poetry. What inspires you to write poetry?

Thank you for reading Organic eMotions, Poetry for hUmaNITY. This collection was a work of passion as I reflected on my emotional intelligence during the pandemic events during the summer of 2021. The creative surge flowed through me as I tapped into the collective energy vortex. I permitted myself to dive deep into all the feelings of melancholy, the anger over human atrocities, the sadness over the blame and division within the spiritual community, the cognitive dissonance, the tyranny experienced around the world, feeling unsafe, afraid of the future, and being misaligned. I wrote over three hundred verses consisting of ballads, free verse, villanelle, ekphrastic, haiku, and limerick poems divided into four parts. The book takes the reader through the journey of state of mind, emotional vortex, clarity, and purity as it guides back into personal truths, deep resonance and understanding of the gift provided by the catalytic events transforming humanity into a state of empowerment, purity and bliss.

This anthology provides activating poems with elements of a nostalgic, narrative, lyrical form of healing philosophies that aim to increase awareness within the deeper layers of the human psyche and emotional body, the vortex of autonomy. The verses capture both the transient and the prevailing feelings through a vulnerable lens, using a powerful and electrifying nuanced artistic expression. It is a rejuvenating, poignant reflection of trauma liberation and quantum healing during humanity’s evolution. These verses are a culmination of my lived experience of self-actualization, awareness, and profound presence. Within me, I have found the unlimited space of peace, wholeness, validation, belonging, joy, home, and true freedom. This emotional freedom is a continuous journey inward through the turbulence of duality, emancipation from fear, anxiety, and the programmed narratives of the past as I released all judgemental views and guilt.

These poetic sonatas creatively guide the resonance of self-healing modalities. By feeling and healing our individual childhood wounding, we alchemize the density and rise as collective energy in motion while hUmaNITY exposes the collective shadows, past traumas, and our combined density through the process of transmutation, illuminating our organic global light on its existence.

Your book is currently the #1 new release in Amazon’s Epic Poetry category. How do you feel about this accomplishment?

I am so thrilled that the metaphysical poems resonate with so many incredible souls. I feel humbled, grateful, and fulfilled to be in the company of other incredible poets. It is an honor to contribute to the rhythmical art of harmonics created with words. If my poems inspire more people to read the classic creations of EE Cummings, Maya Angelou, or Walt Whitman, we will bring poetry back into the mainstream. Some of my favorite verses that inspired me growing up were “Still I Rise” by Maya Angelou, “Stopping by Woods On a Snowy Evening” by Robert Frost, “A Dream Within A Dream” by Edgar Allan Poe, “Among School Children” by W. B. Yeats regarding mortality and worth of life, and quite recently, any Spoken Word poetry by Amanda Gorman, to name a few.

What is one thing you hope readers take away from your book?

My intention behind every publication, be it fiction or nonfiction, is that if my words inspire and empower even one person on their healing and transformative journey, I have fulfilled my objective. The messages and energy of self-realization poems in Organic eMotions aim to assist the reader to reflect within themselves rather than depending on external forces for emancipation. It is my belief that each of us has the power, strength, and capability to connect to our higher self and to remember that we are an aspect of the Divine’s expression, experiencing life through the human form. We don’t need a third party to commune with a higher presence of Source, or to identify with our thoughts, emotions, fears, or past traumas, when we realize that our consciousness is indestructible when we flow in pure wholeness and aligned with our sovereignty. We are all powerful alchemists born with free will and the ability to choose our every present moment when we are fully aware of our personal truths. If we can rise above the negative polarity and duality of the matrix, come together with respect, honor, and inclusivity, we realize that when we choose organic love, kindness, compassion, and autonomy, we contribute to the magnetic energy of the quantum field of existence. This is how we transform our planet and choose a unified world that doesn’t focus on perpetuating the separation consciousness of divide and conquer. We advocate for innocent children, the vulnerable, our planet, and all living creatures, with radical accountability, intentions, integrity, freedom, and hope for utopia.

Do you have plans to publish more works of poetry?

Since I work full time, I try to balance my publications and self-actualization priorities. I am currently writing the third and final book in The De-Coding of Jo, Ascending Angel Academy YA SFF series, to be released in late 2022. I have another work in progress that I will also like to devote my time to writing, a psychological thriller that is part of the Heart of a Warrior Angel trilogy. When the creative flow strikes me to write more poetry, I will focus all my energy to transmit the healing and uplifting sonnets much like my hardcover, full color art and poetry anthology, The Joy of I.T. (Infinite Transcendence). Thank you so much for this opportunity to share, I’m very grateful. Many blessings of peace, joy, and harmony for all.

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The inspiring poems are an introspective portrayal of deeper feelings of melancholy, confusion, hope, self-love, healing, wholeness, and empowerment. The verses capture both the transient and the prevailing emotions through a vulnerable lens, using a powerful and electrifying nuanced artistic expression. A rejuvenating, poignant, lyrical reflection of trauma liberation during humanity’s evolution.

Flying

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This book delivers to readers all that encompasses the meaning of the two central terms laid out in the subtitle Flying: A Book of Provocative Poetry. Divided into six strands of thoughts, author Patricia Mortenson glides her rhymes between politics, love, health, family, and more. The author of Flying seeks to lead us to critical thinking about various social conflicts and reflect on the paths we take in our lives and the choices we make, which is evident in poems like “Too Many Choices.”

Mortenson’s reflections push us to think about the consequences of our actions, not only for our future but also for the world and the people we love. In one of her poems, she shows a simplistic view regarding decision-making. This example has only two options; however, what encompasses making that decision is what makes them much more complex and is the most challenging part of the process.

As the compelling rhymes flow and the author’s ponderous thoughts are laid out, the reader’s feeling is one of conflict. Mortenson uses her poetry to create an emotional response because emotions will lead to reflection and that can and will be uncomfortable at times.

Flying is a collection of poetry presented in a manner that readers will feel like they are having a conversation with the author. This feeling is productive from the point of view that when you read there is an exchange, she gives readers her knowledge and her doubts, readers stop to think about and attribute to what was read our point of view according to our experiences.

Flying A Book of Provocative Poetry provides readers with a thought-provoking experience. The poems encourage self-reflection and critical thinking about the choices made in life. This astonishing collection will captivate and enthrall readers for lovers of intimate poetry.

Pages: 310 | ASIN : B0936N8CVZ

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Lilac Bush: A Poetic Journey and Cultural Awakening for Future Generations

Lilac Bush: A Poetic Journey and Cultural Awakening for Future Generations by [Pamela Nwokeji]

Lilac Bush calls attention to the longevity and persistence of discrimination against black Americans. The call comes as author Pamela C. Nwokeji shares with us her negative experiences during her childhood in Roxbury. Beyond this, Pamela also extols her positive experiences and relates them through analogy and poetry to lilac tones.

Within her exceptional writing, the poet shows how education is transformative in everyone’s life and especially in hers. Such movement leads young people and adults who read her work to be more critical and more aware of their role in the world. Persistence and education are words that mark Pamela’s ideals, as being the most powerful key to a person’s development and success.

The obstacles experienced by the author are mostly due to racial and cultural prejudice, and also because she is a woman seeking independence in a society shaped by patriarchy. However, even with all the problematizations implied in this work, the characteristics brought out by the poet is joyful and motivating in several aspects. The representation carried in the title makes all the difference to this milder perspective, which is lilac. This shade chosen by the author carries several positive meanings, among them spirituality, something that the author also addresses in her book.

Her affinity and relationship with God and His purposes are made explicit several times, not only in the religious sense but also in her home and in her strong and united family. The poems by Pamela Nwokeji are inspiring, but beyond all of this, she brings us a portrait of the many evils experienced by African Americans, in order to get to know and, through knowledge, transform this reality. As a reader, I felt graced to have the opportunity to read such a work, which intrigues and delights throughout the journey in the universe of Pamela’s poetry.

Lilac Bush is an inspirational and thought-provoking collection of potent poetry that explores a variety of issues with beautiful and flowing language.

Pages: 207 | ASIN: B09HQ59QGV

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A Poem Which Wanders

Author Interview
Stuart Silverman Author Interview

Drifters is a diverse collection of poetry that provides readers with rich experiences. What inspires you to write poetry?

I wish I knew. A word, a phrase, a sound, a dream, a memory—one or another pops into my mind and generates a poem. The word “globule” produced “Lingo,” a brief, somewhat nasty poem about my non-existent dog. A chapter in Darwin’s “Voyage” was so elegant and filled with wonderful science that I wrote a poem of 28 tanka which is 90% Silverman but 10% quotation from the book. Reading about footbinding stirred my imagination into inventing a Chinese court lady lamenting her father’s refusal to have her feet bound which, ironically, made her an outcast among the footbound and hidebound ladies of the court. I could add many other and diverse examples.

Did you write the poems in this collection for this book or did you write them over time and then collected them here?

I’ve something like 1500-to-2000 poems on hundreds of pages typed and handwritten filling dozens of boxes. The short answer is that I chose poems already written and wrestled them into a collection. I’ve little appetite for writing a set of poems on “My First Trip To Europe” but much for writing about particular aspects of Hawaii that moved me to thought or left a strong feeling. My imagination takes over and the result is fresh and, at its best, unforced. The result is varied in subject and theme as well as form. I write sestinas and free verse, concrete poetry and prose poems. I find most thematic collections interesting only here-and-there. Poe wrote that a long poem interesting in stretches was tiresome in stretches (and that what was boring might be interesting if read afresh). It seems to me that many poems in thematic collections show the author trying too hard to write something that will fill a space, not because he or she feels the compulsion to create a new poem.

What are some themes you often find your poetry gravitating towards?

Time, certainly, what it is and how it affects our perceptions. Also, color and texture, the way these elements shape our feeling for being. And, very important, the connection between sounds, words, and imagery. Often, a phrase generates a poem which wanders away from the phrase but finds puns or sonic connections that lead the poem into fields far from its origins.

What has been the most impactful poem you’ve read?

A really difficult question for me to answer. Some of Donne’s, e.g., “A Valediction Forbidding Mourning,” or Marvell’s “The Garden.” The Iliad, of course, and Chaucer’s “Troilus and Creseide.” Pope’s “Rape of the Lock” and “The Dunciad” along with Dryden’s “Absalom and Achitophel.” Milton’s Paradise Lost, I suppose, though his Samson Agonistes sometimes seems the better constructed and moving poem. The one that most people might not have any inkling of, and which I think is one of the greatest in the language, is Browning’s The Ring and the Book. It is psychologically compelling and so beautifully constructed that it never flags despite its great length.

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THE AUTHOR CLEARS HIS THROAT

A drift of snow, adrift in a sea of speculation,
turning over the flotsam and jetsam of the macro world,
speaking with Nano rising from and sinking back
into the abyss… . Though I don’t much like Poe’s
The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket,
I’m drawn to it, its locked-in adventure in the hold
of a whaling ship, the faithful dog turned savage,
mutiny, the final, fanciful emergence into a false
but beguiling Antarctica, a world that never was,
isn’t, won’t be. Somewhere in there, I’m.

Organic eMotions

Organic eMotions is a thoughtful poetry collection by Lali A. Love. In the opening section, the author presents a myriad of emotions that emphasize the mighty force within every individual; the raw power held within the Divine Feminine is one of the recurring themes which the author majestically illustrates with her verses. The following section, Emotional Vortex, focuses on intrusive feelings and their impacts on one’s well being. The third part is entitled Clarity and contrasts the negative emotions that are introduced in the pieces from the former section with insights on solidarity and human nature. Especially touching are the validation of one’s journey in Reciprocity and the dismantling of virile stereotypes in Divine Masculinity, as well as the positive affirmations throughout the latter poems in this part. Finally, Purity paints several tranquil pictures – from the cleansing provided by a running current in Water to the grounding and sensible words in Complete Being – that illustrate its namesake.

This stirring piece of literature is a fantastic read for those seeking a rousing and incredibly relatable poetry anthology that reminisces of Rupi Kaur and Amanda Lovelace. The cheerful, upbeat attitude conveyed in the collection will feel familiar to readers who struggle with daily life issues such as anxiety and insecurity, as well as collective problems that permeate modern society.

Readers will be thoroughly refreshed with Lali’s contagious positivity, a welcome surprise that, more than once, drew an inconspicuous smile on my lips. Delight, one of the final poems, perfectly conveys the uplifting power of this book.

Furthermore, one cannot fail to mention the masterful paradox that is constantly approached as a central motif in several moments in this collection: Lali notes how small humankind is when compared to the vastness of the universe, while also praising the universe within every person.

Organic eMotions is a simple but vastly compelling read that is sure to appeal to readers of all ages who seek a gateway from the routine and a dash of positivity.

Pages: 208 | ASIN : B09LTJ469Z

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An Opportunity For Self-Reflection

Sonee Singh
Sonee Singh Author Interview

Embody is a collection of thought-provoking poetry organized in the form of the seven chakras. What inspires you to write poetry?

Everything and anything, ranging from tea to goddesses. I don’t know when, where, or under what circumstances I will get the call to write poetry. It just comes and I heed the call, no matter the time of day, where I am, or what I am doing. Of course, I won’t do it when I’m driving, but as soon as I can, I write it down, and I do so on notebooks, scraps of paper, on my phone, or whatever I find at hand. I can get inspired from what I am streaming, what I read, something outside my window, a conversation, an event, or anything that stirs my thoughts and emotions.

My favorite poem from this collection is ‘Security’. Do you have a favorite poem from this collection?

That’s an interesting question because there are many poems that have evoked quite strong feelings in me, given what was happening at the time I wrote them. Those are my favorites. One such example is “How I Feel.” I wrote it after realizing that I didn’t make an effort to connect with my emotions. Interestingly, writing poetry opened up that door for me—that of being in touch with my feelings.

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

Writing this collection of poetry was an opportunity for self-reflection and introspection. Embody was about being in touch with myself, being present with what was happening in the moment and how that felt in my being. We don’t often take the time to pause, be still, and be ok with whatever is going on—whether it is positive or negative—and do so without judgment. Writing this collection of poetry was a chance for me to be at peace with where I was and what was happening, and allow whatever needed to come up to rise.

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

There are two more books of poetry that are in the works that will follow Embody. These are Embrace and Embolden. They follow the next steps of the emotional journey, which for me was acceptance and then finding a way forward. These will be available soon.

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A peek into physical experiences that anchor us, the emotions that rise within, and the ultimate connection we make with the wisdom of all there is.

Not to mention, he’s a murderer.

Dave Matthes
Dave Matthes Author Interview

A Cage for the Wind is the story of a man who has been through a lot, done a lot, and most of all, gotten away with a lot. What inspired the idea of Jerry’s character and the life that’s shared in this book?

Originally, the book itself was simply going to be a new poetry collection to toss onto the stack of my previous collections. The poems in this book, however, started to take on a different sort of life of their own separate from what I’d written before. Eventually, I started filling in the spaces between the poems with little bits of story which in turn began to tell a tale of sorts of a man who would eventually become “Jerry”. I’ve written a lot of solid characters in the past, solid in that they have a very defined line, a route of progression, flawed, absolutely, but they’re mostly all very concrete; you can almost reach out and touch them if you thought about it hard enough. I wanted to write something different, not just a new character, but a new kind of character. Jerry is shattered, in pieces, and in probably will never be put together in a way that makes sense to himself or others around him. So the structure of the book reflects that, as it is written from three different points of view all centered around him.

Jerry is a provocative yet compelling character. What was the writing process like to create that balance in Jerry’s character?

Jerry’s evolution came about very, very slowly during the writing process, right up to the very last day before publication. I wanted a character that didn’t just leave the reader wondering more about and then shrugging off, but rather a character that had many different dimensions of possible existence. Jerry’s story is told from the points of view of three different styles and formats, but they are all “him”. My goal was to leave the reader having some idea of who or what Jerry is, while also in a way, having no idea at all. In that sense, Jerry can be whoever the reader wants him to be. The more people who read Jerry’s story and come to that realization, the more versions of Jerry will come into existence, and I think that’s an amazing thought.

What were some themes that came up in the book organically and surprised you when you were finished?

Flawed characters exist everywhere and are written every which way. I myself have never really gotten any joy out of writing a character who isn’t flawed or fractured in some way. But with Jerry, I wanted to create a character who the reader could sympathize with, maybe even empathize on some level, but couldn’t decide why, because he’s actually a pretty bad guy. He has his glimmers of goodness, but really, he’s a rotten, hole of a man with most likely no real light at the end of his tunnel. Not to mention, he’s a murderer. I think the main thing I wanted to get across, is that no matter how good or how bad someone is, they can never truly be 100% good or evil. I’ve seen a lot of this world try to argue with absolutes, and it makes me sick to my stomach to know that many people out there think so harshly and so absolutely about being “one way or the other”, or “if you’re not with me, you’re against me”, leaving no room to move either way. It’s sickening. And so maybe Jerry is more bad than good, but also, maybe there’s enough good in him to come back from all that darkness. Maybe. Probably not, but maybe. And that’s the point.

Have you pursued any other formats to tell your stories in?

A Cage for the Wind is the most “out there” I’ve personally gotten in terms of style and format. I’ll probably attempt writing another book I the future in a similar way with more tweeks and turns and twists, bending the ways a book can be read. I really like the idea of someone picking up a book and assuming one thing, then when they begin to read it they’re suddenly swept off their feet in a way they didn’t expect.

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Jerry is a writer, a box-truck driver, a desk-jockey, sometimes a murderer, but more often than not, he’s a liar, and no one in his circle of associates, acquaintances, or lovers can ever be sure when, and more importantly, if he’s telling the truth. But over the course of the next few days (or weeks, or months, or years, who can really be sure?) he will go on a journey, maybe, of self-discovery riddled with mind-transporting drugs, childhood-rooted romances, and ancestral malarkey. Or, maybe he’s returning home from a journey he can’t remember anything of. The only thing he can be sure of, is that he’s not sure if he’s leaving to or returning from, or if he’s even gone away in the first place.

In this story, Jerry’s life is told from three points of view of gradually-intensifying insanity. His melodramatic world is seen through his own eyes, narrated in the nameless voice of another, and finally, through anecdotal poems which serve as thoughts, musings, reflections, and more.

So come along, hop on board, join Jerry in his quest for… whatever. Maybe you can make sense of the mess, if, of course, there is any sense to be found at all.

To Understand Myself Better

Loreen de Kort
Loreen de Kort Author Interview

Notes on the Train takes readers on a journey of self-discovery through a collection of expressive poetry that explores the various struggles people face in life. Why was this an important collection for you to publish?

Putting my thoughts out was very important to me because I feel that if there are others out there with the same feelings and the same thoughts, they need to know there are others that share their thoughts and they are not alone in the struggle. It’s oftentimes the feeling of aloneness that is the hardest to bear.

I really enjoyed how eloquent and striking the poems were. What inspires you to write poetry?

I am inspired by my family whose unending support makes it possible for me to feel confident in putting myself out there in the ethos and letting my thoughts speak.

What are some themes you often find yourself gravitating towards while writing?

I find myself writing most often on feelings of aloneness and self-evaluation. As I work through the inner struggles I have on a day to day basis, I write my thoughts to understand myself better.

My favorite poem from this collection is ‘Hitting and Missing’. Do you have a favorite poem from this book?

In fact Hitting and Missing is my favorite poem also. I feel very strongly about being a mother and grandmother. My life has been enriched beyond descrption by having my children in my life and I wanted to capture some of what I was feeling in words.

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From a talking pigeon to a mirror that sees all, Notes on the Train brings you closer to the author’s struggle with depression and change through the landscape of life. Not all battles are fought with weapons of war. Some battles rage within the mind and soul and take no prisoners. This book is a collection of poems and prose written by the author on her journey of self-discovery.
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