Watch a June 2016 Poetry Performance Reading.
THE HEARTLESS AND THE HOMELESS by Carlyn Soulei Thomas
Performed by Marsha Mason
7 questions with the poet:
1) What is the theme of your poem?
The theme of my poem is the lack of compassion people have one for another.
2) How would you like people to respond when they read or watch your poetry reading?
When people read my poem or watch my poetry reading, I’d like for them to honestly survey themselves, and ask the question, “Am I compassionate?”. As Mahatma Gandhi said, “We must be the change we wish to see in the world.” Kindness is contagious and humility will take you a long way in life.
3) How long have you been writing poetry?
I’ve been writing poems since 2001. Writing poems became another way for me to express my feelings.
4) Do you have a favorite poet?
My favorite poet and author is Maya Angelou. I call myself “Young Maya” at times, because her works has truly inspires and encourages me to keep reaching for the stars, which without a doubt makes her a mother to many daughters, though she birthed none. Each line of one of my personal favorites, “Letter To My Daughter”, felt as though they were written just for me. She was phenomenal and I only wish to be as inspiring as she was, even if just a little bit.
5) What influenced you to submit to WILDsound and have your poetry performed by a professional actor?
There’s so much going wrong in the world, and so many, including children are suffering, but most of us are busy with our own lives to care. I jumped at the opportunity to submit my poem in hopes that it would make others think about it too, just as I have thought about it. And prayerfully, it would change someone’s mind for the betterment of this world and everyone living in it.
6) Do you write other works? scripts? Short Stories? Etc..?
I am also a Singer-Songwriter and Designer. I write short stories and I am currently working on a poetry book and novel.
7) What is your passion in life?
Apart from music and art, my passion is helping others, especially those less fortunate than myself.