Watch the Poetry Reading Blossoming Everywhere like Sunlight:
Watch the Poetry Reading POETS LIKE TO STIR THE POT:
Poems Read by Becky Shrimpton
Get to know poet Samuel Warmack:
1) What is the theme of your poem?
Blossoming – Violence and violence in the name of progress often seems to live on far beyond the initial hopes for progression. We (governments, religions, etc.), always seem to claim to believe in peace and, yet, violence seems to always follow our best laid plans for harmony. We name our sons and daughters for saints and yet that better nature always seems to get obscured by human greed, and that bizarre human need to be baptized by violence.
Poets – When your entire writing career is based upon the value of human emotion, do you stand to become a victim of the prostitution of those emotions? This poem is a personal reflection on the toll of constant personal reflection.
2) How would you like people to respond when they read or watch your poetry reading?
If one person reads/hears something I wrote, and feels that moment in time I was trying to capture, then I have done my job as a writer. If that person feels that moment, and questions their own view on reality, then I’ve done my job as a poet. Whatever it is that someone feels after reading my poetry, I only want to know that I’ve at least made them feel SOMETHING.
3) How long have you been writing poetry?
The first poem I can remember writing is when I was 3 or 4 years-old. That was 27 years ago now, so, I’ve been writing in one form another for as long as I’m able to actually remember.
4) Do you have a favorite poet?
I love so many poets, but the first I can remember truly connecting with is Saul Williams. His innate sense of rhythm; the beautiful, ugly insights; the easy, open flow of his sentences, where every word serves a purpose… You’re not supposed to admit such things, but I’m a total fanboy.
5) What influenced you to submit to WILDsound and have your poetry performed by a professional actor?
What I always try and convey with my writing is a sense of the dramatic – my biggest complaint with poetry is that, at times, it’s too insular. I feel like a poets’ duty is to make the intangible real, to involve the reader, so I try to imagine every poem as an opportunity to sketch a scene on a stage. I felt like WILDsound was the perfect space for a drama fan like me to submit his work.
6) Do you write other works? scripts? Short Stories? Etc..?
A short story of mine was published in Creative Loafing magazine earlier this year, and I’m currently working on my fourth book (but first collection) of short fiction.
7) What is your passion in life?
Telling a good story is my greatest passion in life. Poetry is the most natural conduit for me, by connecting global history to personal history in an emotional, reachable fashion. I feel as though people are too often disconnected from their deepest internal “truths”, and that no matter how small, poetry directly touches on those spaces inside each of us that we’re sometimes too afraid to openly share. Connection is my greatest passion in life: connection to our inner selves, to the long line of global history that defines each of us, and to each meaningless occurrence that shapes the unerring arrow of time.
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