Poetry Reading – ROGUE WAVE by Joanne Van Leerdam

Performed by Michelle Alexander

Get to know the poet:

What is the theme of your poem?

‘Rogue Wave’ is about the way life and stress makes us feel, especially when things build up and

How would you like people to respond when they read or watch your poetry reading?

I really hope that people will think about the imagery and be able to relate to the feelings and ideas that I’ve expressed.

How long have you been writing poetry?

I’ve been writing all my life, but I’ve taken my poetry really seriously for about three years now.

Do you have a favorite poet?

I like the work of many different poets and writers. My favourite poems of all time are probably Tennyson’s ‘The Lady of Shalott’ and Alfred Noyes’ ‘The Highwayman’.

What influenced you to submit to WILDsound and have your poetry performed by a professional actor?

I stumbled across the Festival for Poetry site and submitted one of my poems. After browsing around for a while, I decided that having my poetry performed might be a good way to reach a new audience and make my poetry more accessible.

Do you write other works? scripts? Short Stories? Etc..?

I have published a collection of poetry called ‘Leaf’ and a collection of short stories called ‘New Horizons’. Both are available on Amazon and iBooks.

I also wrote a play called ‘The Shakespeare Omelette’ for my students to perform, and both they and the audience enjoyed it, so I have self-published that, too.

What is your passion in life?

I really want to encourage people to see things from a different perspective than their own, or to consider different possibilities that they might not otherwise have done.

I do that through my writing, but also through my teaching and the stage productions with which I’m involved.

Author: poetryfest

Submit your Poetry to the Festival. Three Options: 1) To post. 2) To have performed by an actor 3) To be made into a film.

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