Read Poem: Thanks for kind words, by Christopher Hopkins

Night colours, twist their loom
‘round the star white sheer.
All clean, all bright.
‘though eyes are set benighted.

Walking the room, divining for smiles
with those who shared in prayer
who sung a gentle starry hymn
their pale voices thin.

The cherry wood fall with a sense of steer
and the varnish sealed its dreaming grain.
The endurance of the body
is an innocent feign.

We thanked each one for their kind words
sink holes skipped in every line
stumbling with embraced goodbyes
as the breast doesn’t stop it’s giving
the ache of the womb
is the black of the ribbon.

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Poetry Reading: Im Zweifel zur Wahrheit, by Erich Ruhl Bady

Performed by Carina Cojeen

POETRY 7 questions:

1) What is the theme of your poem?

We can be sure on our way to truth if we allow (ourselves) to doubt. We need to doubt.

2) What motivated you to write this poem?

In an exibition I saw the installation of three signposts – two pointed nearly to the same direction –  to the direction of truth and doubt – the other signpost showed the way to the opposite … the indecisiveness (deutsch: Unentschlossenheit)

3) How long have you been writing poetry?

Since about six years, even more since three years

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

Barack Obama

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

I think there could be the chance to increase the range (I hope I’ll be allowed to show the link on my pages…) – and the other reason: I would like to hear my poem spoken by another voice (because I’m a narrator as well – all my 50 poems are to be listened on AUDIYOU –    https://www.audiyou.de/benutzer/smoothenergy99/0.html

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

Sometimes reviews about books or films – in my main job (Journalist / Press officer) I write articles and speeches – The other side job is audiobook narrator (should be more 🙂

7) What is your passion in life?

I will never stop to believe in the possibilities of personal development and in the power of compassion and dignity – therefore sometimes I try to consolidate my thoughts and my deep sentiments into a poem – and my wife, my two daughters and my four grandchildren motivate me to carry on

POSTSCRIPT:
THE POETRY FESTIVAL is a real great project which brings together open minded and warm-hearted people.
Thank you for this grand idea.

 

Poetry Reading: Morning by, Vihang A Naik

Performed by Val Cole

What is the theme of your poem?

I have been always in pursuit of going beyond physical. Going beyond physics. I consider physical body is weak but the spirit is strong. Spiritualism, perhaps can be the theme besides other layers of themes. It may have multiple interpretations. Hermeneutics .

What motivated you to write this poem?

The impulse running underneath the is letting go of physical and realising the spritual.

How long have you been writing poetry?

I have now been writing poetry since more than three decades .

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

Dinner reminds me of the last supper. I wish i was with nine disciples of Christ.

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

To me poetry is performance as well along with reading it out aloud with certain specific rhythm.

And Festival for Poetry has come out with indescribable idea for performance reading my some one who for other field of arts. An actor. It is always exciting to see how your poetry gets performed.

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

I practice writing poetry in Gujarati language ( my mother tongue ) besides translations I often translate Gujarati language poetry into English language besides my own Gujarati language poetry .

What is your passion in life?

The ultimate passion in life is to be human. I love this life where we are human beings.

Is it not true that when you wake up to see the world and switch on your television and you see all nations torn apart and that centre cannot hold …

Vihang A. Naik 😦 b. 1969 ) Indian poet writing in English.He took to teaching as a profession, serving in colleges since 1996 in Gujarat. He lives and works in Gujarat, India. He can be visited at http://www.vihang.org

Poetry Reading: Isadore Greely’s Place, by DE Navarro

Performed by Val Cole

What is the theme of your poem?

Never prematurely judge things by appearance and always expect the unexpected.

Also, secondarily, it is intended to simply be a scary thriller.

What motivated you to write this poem?

I was doing some genealogy research and found one of our family names to be “Isadore.” Isadore is kind of a spooky name to me, a name you would expect to find in a Transylvania manor. So I pictured this old, isolated manor on a hill with bats and moon glow and all the other “eerie” stuff and was inspired to write a poem about what it might be like for someone’s car to break down on a cold evening way out in the middle of nowhere and they have to take shelter in this old stone manor on the hill that is spooky and creepy, and this guy named Isadore lives there.

How long have you been writing poetry?

47 years

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

Correct me if I’m wrong, but I think it would be a lot more fun to have dinner with someone who is alive rather than dead. I’ve had some dates I thought were dead and it wasn’t fun. Ha! Seriously, it would be cool to have dinner with Robert Frost.

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

Thought it would be cool to have a scary poem performed and that it might be a good promotional tool for my other work, so I went for it.

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

I write short stories and have three published. I write business and quality of life articles, many have been published. I write articles about managing personal finances for GOBankingRates . com. I write articles about poetry and writing and I write essays about life, the world, society and more. I write science fiction/fantasy stories and am working on a novel. And of course, I write poetry, I have two full collections of poetry published, both have been received very well and I get some great reviews.

What is your passion in life?

Writing stories, poetry and non-fiction works.

Poetry Reading: Journey of the Butterfly by Denise Stephani

Performed by Val Cole

Get to know the poet:

What is the theme of your poem?

The poem represents the individual journey which leads to activism and standing up for truth and justice. It is meant to be motivation and inspiration for all those on such a life journey.

What motivated you to write this poem?

My own life and struggles as an activist against all forms of abuse.

How long have you been writing poetry?

Since I was a child. Too aging to give figures. 😉

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

Maya Angelou

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

I want to share my poetry on the internet in a viewer friendly form.

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

I have published 2 books: ‘In the Wings’ and ‘Letters to Mandela’ (Award-winning)and written a few screenplays, some of which have been placed in competitions.

What is your passion in life?

Inspiring global change to create a better world for future generations.

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: THE BALLAD OF JOHNNY RAY SIXPACK, by John Ervin

Performed by Val Cole

Get to know the poet:

What is the theme of your poem?

The all-encompassing ignorance and intolerance of anyone who voted for President Trump.

What motivated you to write this poem?

The main character, Johnny Ray Sixpack, of my political comedy film script “The Look of Hate”. I was also motivated by the disgust I have for the shocking number of people in this country who helped Donald Trump become President (even if he didn’t win the popular vote and had help from Vladimir Putin).

How long have you been writing poetry?

Off- and-on for much of my life, though my strengths are in screenwriting and writing non-fiction articles.

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

Tilda Swinton

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

Professional actors can convey the words I write better than when they are just on the page or the phone. Also, it’d be interesting to see Johnny Ray Sixpack personified (for the first … but not the last … time).

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

I have primarily written feature and short film scripts, five of which have been made into movies. I have also written articles on politics and entertainment for periodicals such as City Pages and The Rake.

What is your passion in life?

To continue bringing my screenplays to life on the big and little screens. And to see Donald Trump impeached and imprisoned!

Watch the April 2017 Poetry Readings

Performed by Amaka Umeh

Poetry Reading: What is Love, by Colin Guest

Poetry Reading: The Second Cup by Michael Westcombe

Poetry Reading: THE ALMOST HOLY QUATERNITY by Gloria D Gonsalves

Poetry Reading: Plica, by Ewan Lawrie

Poetry Reading: ON THE WATER by Tammi Croteau

Poetry Reading: FIVE by Tammi Croteau

Poetry Reading: DREAM by Mary Freericks

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Poetry Reading: DREAM by Mary Freericks

Performed by Omaka Umeh

7 questions:

What is the theme of your poem?

The theme of my poem is regaining youth.

What motivated you to write this poem?

Sleeping in my granddaughter’s bed.

How long have you been writing poetry?

Perhaps thirty years. I attended Columbia University Graduate School of the Arts with a major in poetry.

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

I want to say God. But God is not a person.

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

Your invitation.

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

I have a published book, Creative Puppetry in the Classroom published by New Plays and some published educational articles and as well as memory articles about my childhood in Iran I also wrote a piece on Alice Hulyer Ramsey, the first woman to drive across the United States for an Encyclopedia on women’s accomplishments. but mostly I write poetry.

What is your passion in life?

I am an artist as well as poet and I love to paint. I also enjoy walking along the ocean and my family and friends.