Interview with Poet Clarissa Simmens (Aging With Orion)

The Natural Gazette of Poetry and Art reblogged one of my poems and WILDsound was mentioned in that issue. I was very intrigued by the excellent poetry published and since I believe that poems were meant to be read aloud (I always do that before posting/publishing) I could not resist hearing one read by a professional actor.

– Clarissa Simmens, on why she submitted her poem to WILDsound

      Watch AGING WITH ORION Poem:

    Matthew: What is the theme of your poem?

    Clarrisa: I have always loved the constellation Orion and have observed him through the decades. Although the theme is love, it is also about the connectedness of everything in the universe, how humanity truly contains the mysterious dust of stars.

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

    Clarrisa: I would hope they understand the beauty that is part of Earth and part of the celestial gifts we observe daily. A lot of my social media posts are about space and Orion and it thrills me when others tell me they like him too.

    Matthew: How long have you been writing poetry?

    Clarrisa: Decades, starting at age four. The words were simple but I loved the rhythm of rhyming that was so prevalent in children’s books such as “A bird can fly and so can I.”

    Matthew: Do you have a favorite poet?

    Clarrisa: So hard to narrow down to one since they are so different and evoke a variety of emotions. My favorites are Plath, Poe, Yeats, Dickinson, Ginsberg and Bob Dylan (yes, he is a poet!).

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

    Clarrisa: I wrote several novels and one non-fiction book, all Romani-themed based on my heritage. I did not feel the same excitement, though, that comes from poetry and song lyrics. I like flicking my fingers while figuring out the meter and rhyme and especially enjoy writing Shakespearean Sonnets.

    Matthew: What is your passion in life?

    Clarrisa: Music. (Dang! Why didn’t I keep up with my guitar lessons when I was a teen?) Poetry is very close to music, though, and so I strive to write musically: talking blues, folktales, memoirs of life, all types of genres mainly in a Minor Key. I like healing. My grandmother was a drabarni, a Romani/Gypsy healer, and taught me to do no harm. I’m not good at physical healing as she was, but I hope to heal the soul and maybe poetry can accomplish that.

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  1. By celebrating and contemplating the sky Clarissa Simmens makes the reader feel a celestial being . That’s a kind of religious cult matching with intellectual questions rarely expressed.


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