Poetry Reading: Vanquished by Melissa R Mendelson

Performed by Val Cole

POETRY 7 questions:

What is the theme of your poem?

I try not to make a habit on writing about war, but sometimes I can’t turn a blind eye on what it does to us, inspiring me then to create poems such as Vanquished.

What motivated you to write this poem?

I have a drawer filled with old, either printed out or handwritten poems, and Vanquished was one of them. Most of the poems in this drawer have a date on them, but Vanquished does not. I know that I wrote this poem after 9/11, maybe even after Desert Storm, and I also know that something on the news triggered something deep within me to write it.

How long have you been writing poetry?

The thought of writing poetry never crossed my mind until the seventh grade, where two creative writing teachers encouraged me to start doing so, and in the beginning, they were small. But over the years, they have become a voice that brings out all that I have buried deep inside.

If you could have dinner with one person (dead or alive), who would that be?

Edgar Allan Poe

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

My poetry speaks to me when I write it, but once written, its voice might go unheard unless captured by someone, who can echo those words.

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

I recently finished writing my first Horror/Sci-Fi Novel, Lizardian, which can be found as an E-book on Amazon Kindle, and I have begun drafting my next novel, Darkness Dreams, which will be Mystery/Suspense.

What is your passion in life?


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