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Get to know poet Melodic Rose:
1) What is the theme of your poem?
Political descent and a historical narrative. The Internment was my attempt to understand how our society is structured and what it truly means to belong to a democratic civilization. someone once said that “Propaganda works best when those who are being manipulated are confident that they are acting on their free will” I think this is a powerful statement and quite reflective of the society we live in. We function based on our belief system, creating our decisions and ultimately our experiences on this planet through the scope of what we believe. As people are we simply guided by our hearts, that internal manifestation of our truest self, or is it possible that our choices are largely shaped by the influences about us. Religion, politics, education, health, justice, each is an integral pillar and the media is it’s mouth piece. While I do believe that we belong to incredibly blessed nation, I realize that there is a sort of complacency in our conquest for truth. To evolve one must be willing to explore the that which is uncomfortable, to consider life from every angle. After all it is possible that what we consider “The Truth” may just be a fabricated, if not a one sided version of it.
2) How would you like people to respond when they read or watch your poetry reading?
It would hope that “The Internment” will not only challenge the reader’s perception of the world around them but cause them to ask the tough questions. To consider both sides of the fence.
3) How long have you been writing poetry?
It has been 15 years since I wrote my first poem. I am began when I was 10 years old.
4) Do you have a favorite poet?
It really depends on how the word “poet” Is defined. It is true that I love poets such as Sylvia Plath ( Her poem Lady Lazarus is a favorite ) Edna St. Vincent Millay, Joshua Bennett and Alicia Harris. Poetry is simply anything that moves my soul and for that reason I would also consider “India Arie” and “Lauryn Hill” to also be my “Poet” of choice. They conves the truth effortlessly. In fact it was Lauryn Hill’s album “Unplugged” that inspired this poem “the internment” I am also incredibly fond of Audra McDonald. (Might not be a writer, but she certainly knows how to express the emotion of music, much like that of a writer.) It leaves you with a deep sentiment and profound gratitude for the little moments of life.
5) What influenced you to submit to WILDsound and have your poetry performed by a professional actor?
I am also a spoken word artist. The reverb of the written word against your eardrum, is a completely different experience, than simply reading it on the page. I felt that having someone perform the interment, would add to the power behind these words.
6) Do you write other works? scripts? Short Stories? Etc..?
I am a writer in every sense of the word. Verse novels, music scores, song lyrics, fiction, theatrical scripts, Essays. these are some of the things that I enjoy putting down on Paper. My poetry chapbook “Ephemorphosis” was just published by Prolific Press this year.
7) What is your passion in life?
I believe that true poetry comes from artistic and emotional vulnerability, and at the heart of it, should reflect the distinct voices and nuances of the human experience. my passion is to simply reflect this philosophy through my work by producing art that is unbound by the confines of race, gender, or political affiliation