Poetry Movie: What is Love, by Colin Guest

Poetry by Colin Guest

Narration by Becky Shrimpton

Editor & Visual Design by Carey Dieter

Produced by Matthew Toffolo

POETRY 7 questions:

What is the theme of your poem?

Love.

What motivated you to write this poem?

My strong feelings of love for my wife.

How long have you been writing poetry?

I started writing poems back in 1983 while working in Brunei. I have recently written a number of love poems for my wife, with two of them in the final four in WildSound Poetry Festivals, with another of my poems that Julian Ford read out online, in the final four.

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

I think due to my love of writing, it would Le Child, whose writing I think is in a class of its own.

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

I think the words in my poem would appeal to many people, especially those who do not know the difference between love and desire. Also, by having my poem read out live, it acts to give more publicity to my writing endeavours.

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

I have written and had published two short fiction books, plus one re my life in Turkey where I have lived for over 25 years, and a memoir entitled Follow in the Tigerman’s Footsteps. This covers my working as an expat for nineteen years in fifteen countries spread throughout the Middle, Far East and North Africa. In conjunction with Voyage Media who think my memoir could be used as the basis for a television series, I have written a pitch, which is on a list that Voyage sends out to over 6,000 producers to see if one is interested in using it.

At present, Julian Ford, one of your readers is working on turning my memoir into an audio book. I am presently writing a novel, and had over 14 articles published in online magazines, and one published in a UK expat magazine. I also took part in a live radio show in America re my writing.

What is your passion in life?

My passion is writing and hoping that one day I might have one of my books used as the basis for a film.

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Watch the May 2017 Poetry Readings

Performed by Val Cole and Becky Shrimpton

The Great Willow, by Kourtney D. Cooper

The Fourth Month, by Gloria D. Gonsalves

THE BALLAD OF JOHNNY RAY SIXPACK, by John Ervin

King Cormac, by Inis L. Fal

Disease S U, by Darrell Herbert

Clap your hands, by Raphaëlle YOKOTA

BYWORD: A Nation Called out of Their Name, by Makabi

ROCK ON, MAMA by Tammi Croteau

JUNIOR (IN MEMORY OF), by James R Adams II

Let Your Soul Fly Free to Heaven, by Aurora Jean Alexander

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Poetry Reading: ROCK ON, MAMA by Tammi Croteau

Performed by Becky Shrimpton

Get to know the poet:

What is the theme of your poem?

Home Without Walls is about love without limits, the kind so strong that oceans and time zones can’t lessen it. It’s the story of two sisters who grew up in different countries but never stopped loving one another.

Rock On was written for the Rockin’ Moms of the Down Syndrome Diagnosis Network. They support each other without question, through all the hopes and fears, joys and disappointments.

What motivated you to write this poem?

Home Without Walls – I was looking for inspiration for new material, so I posted a “Who Inspires You” contest on my Facebook site, http://www.facebook.com/cantbringmedowntlc. Amy Igama told me about her sister Cristy and the unconditional love they shared that recognized no boundaries, and the poem played in my head like a song all night. I woke up and wrote it in one draft in about 15 minutes.

Rock On – I was looking for inspiration for new material, so I posted a “Who Inspires You” contest on my Facebook site, http://www.facebook.com/cantbringmedowntlc. Janessa Gross commented that she was inspired by Jen Jacob, founder of the Down Syndrome Diagnosis Network. Having met both of these moms and followed their kids’ journeys for the past several years, and watching the DSDN grow since it’s very beginning, I knew this was a story that needed to be shared. Rock On is currently being recorded as a song by Veronica Torraca-Bragdon.

How long have you been writing poetry?

Since I was able to hold a pen and paper, back in the days when typewriters still existed!

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

Natasha, the little girl who is the subject of my book, Natasha and the Christmas Wish. She’s living in an orphanage in Russia, while the American family that planned to adopt her continues to fight to complete the adoption process due to the Russian ban on American adoptions several years ago. I would love to let her know how very loved she is, and how hard so many people are working to try to bring her home.

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

I have a background in music, and an interest in theater, so the connection between the written word and the spoken word is really magical to me. I like to experience the sounds of the words that play over and over in my head while I write.

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

Yes. I’ve self-published three books so far – two poetry/short story collections and one children’s book, Natasha and the Christmas Wish. I’ve got several projects in the works with Civin Media Relations, helping people with disabilities to share their stories, and also three novels waiting to be finished. I’ve co-written songs with Veronica Torraca-Bragdon, and completed a screenplay that I would love to see on the big screen one day!

What is your passion in life?

People and connections. Seeing the magic when all the reasons why start to appear and things come together as they were meant to be all along.

Poetic Excerpt from BYWORD: A Nation Called out of Their Name, by Makabi

Performed by Becky Shrimpton

Get to know the poet:

What is the theme of your poem?

Taking ownership.

What motivated you to write this poem?

Honor of my Israelite heritage.

How long have you been writing poetry?

7 years

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

My Great Grandfather.

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

To use a different format to expand my art and audience.

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

Yes, Scripts, Screenplays. Songs, Books.

What is your passion in life?

The creative arts.

Poetry Reading: Let Your Soul Fly Free to Heaven, by Aurora Jean Alexander

Performed by Becky Shrimpton

Get to know the poet:

What is the theme of your poem?

You could call the theme of this poem “heartache”.

What motivated you to write this poem?

‘Let Your Soul Fly Free to Heaven’ is a poem written after the breakup from a man I truly loved. I was extremely depressed at the time and writing to express my feelings turned out into a few very special poems. I love how the rhythm of this poem is very regular and I still think this is one of my best.

How long have you been writing poetry?

I started writing poetry in my teenager years, stopped in my late twenties and picked up writing poetry a few years ago.

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

I would wish I could have dinner with Barry White. He was not only an excellent singer with a unique voice but as well a fantastic composer and songwriter. I would have loved to ask him for a few secrets on songwriting.

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

I know how it sounds when I read my poems… I felt seeing someone else reading it and find out if I still like the way it’s written.

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

I write novels and novellas, mostly. I’m intensely working on my pre-novel novella right now and I hope very much it won’t take too long anymore to have it published.

What is your passion in life?

I do have several passions – but my most important passion is writing. This is what I want to do.

Poetry Reading: HOME WITHOUT WALLS, by Tammi Croteau

Performed by Becky Shrimpton

Get to know the poet:

What is the theme of your poem?

Home Without Walls is about love without limits, the kind so strong that oceans and time zones can’t lessen it. It’s the story of two sisters who grew up in different countries but never stopped loving one another.

Rock On was written for the Rockin’ Moms of the Down Syndrome Diagnosis Network. They support each other without question, through all the hopes and fears, joys and disappointments.

What motivated you to write this poem?

Home Without Walls – I was looking for inspiration for new material, so I posted a “Who Inspires You” contest on my Facebook site, http://www.facebook.com/cantbringmedowntlc. Amy Igama told me about her sister Cristy and the unconditional love they shared that recognized no boundaries, and the poem played in my head like a song all night. I woke up and wrote it in one draft in about 15 minutes.

Rock On – I was looking for inspiration for new material, so I posted a “Who Inspires You” contest on my Facebook site, http://www.facebook.com/cantbringmedowntlc. Janessa Gross commented that she was inspired by Jen Jacob, founder of the Down Syndrome Diagnosis Network. Having met both of these moms and followed their kids’ journeys for the past several years, and watching the DSDN grow since it’s very beginning, I knew this was a story that needed to be shared. Rock On is currently being recorded as a song by Veronica Torraca-Bragdon.

How long have you been writing poetry?

Since I was able to hold a pen and paper, back in the days when typewriters still existed!

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

Natasha, the little girl who is the subject of my book, Natasha and the Christmas Wish. She’s living in an orphanage in Russia, while the American family that planned to adopt her continues to fight to complete the adoption process due to the Russian ban on American adoptions several years ago. I would love to let her know how very loved she is, and how hard so many people are working to try to bring her home.

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

I have a background in music, and an interest in theater, so the connection between the written word and the spoken word is really magical to me. I like to experience the sounds of the words that play over and over in my head while I write.

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

Yes. I’ve self-published three books so far – two poetry/short story collections and one children’s book, Natasha and the Christmas Wish. I’ve got several projects in the works with Civin Media Relations, helping people with disabilities to share their stories, and also three novels waiting to be finished. I’ve co-written songs with Veronica Torraca-Bragdon, and completed a screenplay that I would love to see on the big screen one day!

What is your passion in life?

People and connections. Seeing the magic when all the reasons why start to appear and things come together as they were meant to be all along.

Poetry Reading: DEATH BOUTIQUE, by Lionel Walfish

Performed by Becky Shrimpton

Get to know the poet:

What is the theme of your poem?

Satirical look at a funeral home

What motivated you to write this poem?

Just a bit of fun with a few rhymes.

How long have you been writing poetry?

I’m not really a poet. Write a few on occasion.

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

Patricia Highsmith (my favorite author)

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

Thought it would be fun to have this read aloud.

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

I am a short story writer (many have appeared on WILDSOUNDfestival.

What is your passion in life?

Just trying to live it to the fullest.

Poetry Reading: JUNIOR (IN MEMORY OF), by James R Adams II

Performed by Becky Shrimpton

Get to know the poet:

What is the theme of your poem?

Initial reaction to unexpected tragedy and loss

What motivated you to write this poem?

Self-healing and processing/honoring a murdered friend who was in the wrong place at the wrong time- and I was trying to figure out “Why were you there? What were you involved in?” Goes from shock, pessimism and anger to hope and faith.

How long have you been writing poetry?

I do it from time to time as I write a novel. To warm up, or in this case, to express something I’d never dealt with.

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

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

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

I’d done it before. Usually my poems are contemplative. This one is much more raw, emotional and real-life

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

Yes

What is your passion in life?

Whatever is right in front of me.

~FALLING IN LOVE ~ Poetry Reading by Mlaure

Watch the Poetry Reading FALLING IN LOVE:

Poetry performed by actor Becky Shrimpton

Get to know the poet:

1) What is the theme of your poetry collection?

theme: love, beauty, nature

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

response: awing the feeling

3) How long have you been writing poetry?

writing and drawing since childhood

4) Do you have a favorite poet?

my favorite? A good poem, no matter who wrote it. My favour goes to ancient writings

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

wildsound has a multimedial approach that creates the enchanting of a poem 😀

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

others? yes… Unpublished

7) What is your passion in life?

passion? the Word and its understanding

Poetry Movie: Love – A Mystical Paradox by Somali K Chakrabarti

Watch the 2016 LOVE Poetry Contest Winner. Turned into a movie.

Love – A Mystical Paradox by Somali K Chakrabarti

Narrated by Becky Shrimpton

Produced by Matthew Toffolo

Editing & Visual Design by Yujin Song