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Escape Pod – D Avery

9 April, 2018

Welcome once more to my Escape Pod Interview series. If you’re not familiar with this kind of post, please read the back story at Escape Pod Emulation!
I’m just opening the door to the Escape Pod to find … Well, I never! It’s D Avery! What do you mean, you don’t want to be rescued?!
As I hurry to the escape pod, the first thing that I grab is my MacBook, because that’s how I like to write and now I will have uninterrupted time to play with words and work on story ideas. Even with being unable, for security purposes, to go on the internet, I will likely get distracted but maybe will finally figure out how to organize and edit photos. I’ll have time, and, fortunately in this futuristic setting I do not have to worry about the battery running down.
I still have my teddy bear from childhood and while he now only gets picked up for vacuuming purposes, i.e., rarely, he will be coming along for all the reasons he used to get brought places decades ago. His wise presence and listening skills will be a comfort in the far reaches of both outer and inner space.
I will want some simple toy to play with. Pipe cleaners will do the job as I will be able to create many things and can indulge any artistic bent with them, though I’ll probably just put eyeglasses and a Fu Manchu mustache on Teddy.

I should also like to bring a jar of something fragrant, maybe spring soil, or sweet pepperbush flowers, or freshly mown hay. But maybe smell-a-vision will have been perfected and I’ll have some favorite scents stored in my computer, making the jar unnecessary. Which means now I can bring two books.
And no, I still don’t have books to read in the computer, I will be bringing two real ones. The problem is which books? This dilemma could cause a delay with the evacuation, endangering myself and the rest of the crew. So, I’ll just grab whatever is near to hand, which at present is The Gift, Poems by Hafiz, translated by Daniel Ladinsky, and The Congress of Rough Writers Flash Fiction Anthology 1, edited by Charli Mills and Sarah Brentyn. These will both be able to be read again and again and be new each time, so, while selections of convenience and desperation, I will realize, as so often happens, that I have the right books at the right time.
In fact I will find myself so well stocked, so content cloistered in my e-pod, I’ll be reluctant to open the door when the Interplanetary Space Guild finally comes to my rescue. I’ll do so only to escape the sci-fi setting and to share the reading and writing and pipe cleaner sculptures from my time in the pod.

D Avery tells me: “I live on an island off the coast of Massachusetts with a husband and a cat. A teacher of middle school mathematics, I also enjoy kayaking, yard-saleing and reading. Sometimes I write and sometimes people read what I’ve written.” “Chicken Shift” is session poetry, philosophy-lite that will quench your curiosity concerning chickens that cross roads. Check out ALL of D Avery’s books, including Chicken Shift at “Lulu” and “Amazon”.

Please follow D Avery at: –
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© Freya Pickard 2018
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Escape Pod Emulation – Claudia Messelodi

13 November, 2017

I am pleased to welcome Claudia Messelodi, a poet from Italy to her EPod this month! What does a poet take with her when the Mothership is under attack? Find out more about the back story at Escape Pod Emulation! Now I’m handing over to Claudia to let her tell you what she would take with her …
If I was in a spaceship that came under attack, I would take to my escape pod the following items: –
A pocket notebook and a pencil that I would use to jot down thoughts, insights, emotions as well as experiences I would surely have in space.
A book of poetry and a historical novel that would certainly bear me good company, in order to nourish my mind and soul, to get new and endless sources of inspiration, to keep my imagination alive, to live parallel stories and explore different dimensions.

The woollen pullover my mother handknitted for me when I was still a teenager, which would provide the necessary warmth and make me feel cuddled and less lonely.
The silver necklace with the names of my children on it, which I was gifted with on Mother’s Day. It would make me feel near them despite being so far away; moreover it would give me hope to see them soon and make me stronger and more confident whenever I might feel somewhat melancholic.
A clip on book reading light as an emergency tool in case a blackout occurs at night while I am getting so hooked by the book I am curling up with that I feel I definitely cannot give it up.
Read more of Claudia’s work at her delightful blog A Stream of Small Stones
You can also follow her on Facebook and Google+.
You can buy Claudia’s poetry collections by emailing her at claudia.messelodi@gmail.com.
Claudia Messelodi has written six poetry collections so far. Blue Moon is the one she is most fond of. It was released in 2016 and contains both free verse poems and short form poetry such as haiku, tanka and elfje. Blue Moon is a poetic palette fraught with chromatic atmospheres and imagery conveyed through fluid and harmonious words. An enchanting blanket of inks.
© Freya Pickard 2017

Sharing Love

14 March, 2017

When the first poem contains lines such as

Poems free imagination
an inclination to see
within and without
the play of life.

You know you’re in for a thoroughly good read!

I was really struck by the tenderness with which the poems in this collection were written. Reading it, I felt relaxed and soothed; pretty amazing for me at the end of a hectic week!
If you are looking for mindful poetry, this is the collection to read. I love the sense of humour running through some of the poetry as well as the seriousness of thought in others. The ebb and flow of verse is as natural as a flowing stream.
The main theme of the collection is “interconnectedness”. “out there among the stars/our interconnectedness unfolds”. It runs throughout each section, sometimes referred to directly, at other times it is hinted at, allowing the reader to make their own connections.
Other themes that wind their way through this journey of verse are mindfulness, love, passion and heartbreak. The theme of care is prevalent also; not just for each other, but for the planet as a whole.

Another thing that struck me whilst reading this collection, was the gracefulness and unconditional love the writer has for the people in his poems. The whole idea of loving someone so much, that you would let them go, if they wanted to leave, came across incredibly strongly in several verses.
Favourites? Well, it depends on how I’m feeling when I re-read them! But ones that have remained favourite on several re-reads, include Ripples with its awesome line “silence between words”. Be With Me encapsulates the feeling of the collection, particularly the third stanza, “a kaleidoscope of pattern/rhythm and enlightenment”. And Spellbinder, of course! Why? It’s about one of my favourite characters of legend, Merlin, “invoking the universes unfathomable mystery”…
Take time out of your busy schedule and read this book. You will not be disappointed.
Sharing Love. is available to buy now and you can read Sam’s EPod Interview at 20170306.
© Freya Pickard 2017

Escape Pod Emulation for Sam Eastwood

13 March, 2017

Today I’m extending a warm welcome to poet Sam Eastwood. He’s here as part of my Escape Pod Emulation series!
What I love doing about these interviews with a difference, is reading about the 5 items each person would take with them. Each interviewee so far has taken items so personal to them that no one else has duplicated anything – yet! I’m handing over to Sam now, so he can tell you what he would take.
My writing pad, with which I can continue my poems and stories.
A framed picture of the woman I love.
A picture of my Siamese chocolate point, who is waiting for me on my return.
The small statue of Buddha, which has a chime to remind me to be ‘present’.
And the old worn copy of ‘The heart of the Buddha’s teaching’ by Thich Nhat Hanh.

Sam Eastwood has recently had a poetry collection published and has several other projects nearing fruition.
Come back tomorrow to read my review of Sharing Love.
How did Sam start writing poetry? It all began when he started writing a SciFi book “The Paradox of the White Tiger” which included love poems. These poems soon overtook the writing of the book when he fell in love with himself, and became his own muse! “The Paradox of the White Tiger” is currently being edited and will hopefully be published this year. Sam also has a short story “The Tide” which he plans to release very shortly.
You can connect to Sam at: –
LinkedIn
Facebook
And if you’re wondering what on earth an Escape Pod Interview is all about, please read Escape Pod Emulation.
© Freya Pickard 2017

Understanding: poems with explanations

7 February, 2017

When M. Sakran told me about his collection of poetry and asked me to write an introduction, I was intrigued!
The title in itself, tells you a lot about the collection – Understanding: poems with explanations. Why explanations? So, I read on. I’m not going to repeat my introduction here – you can read that in his book! Instead I’m going to tell you a little about my reactions to his poetry.
Understanding struck a chord with me because a lot of the poems explore death, cancer and suicide, as well as other situations that most people might not feel comfortable with. This is not to say that the collection is depressing. It is a very clever collection that makes you think and opens your eyes to other possibilities in interpretation. I loved how although I liked my interpretation of his words, sometimes, M. Sakran had half a dozen different thoughts going through his head while he wrote the poem. In a way, Understanding is a study of the creative process as well presenting some intriguing and thought-provoking poetry.
He uses both blank and rhythmical verse, sometimes with rhyme that does not detract from the meaning of the poem whatsoever. His poems are generally short and have a powerful impact with their words. His imagery is intriguing and his use of prose poetry in Distortion and Waiting are particularly effective.
Here and On The Floor were the 2 poems I identified most with having been through cancer myself. But Finality and Ridden also touched me, having seen an elderly relative die last year. And in Darkness & Dawn, the reader has nothing but sympathy for the suicide victim.
M. Sakran is an empathetic poet whose creative process is as fascinating as the poems he produces.
His books can be purchased at
First Try
Understanding
You can read M. Sakran’s EPod Interview at 20170206
You can follow M. Sakran at
MSakran.com
M. Sakran’s Blog
© Freya Pickard 2017

Escape Pod Emulation for M. Sakran

6 February, 2017

Today I’m extending a warm welcome to the poet M. Sakran. He’s here as part of my Escape Pod Emulation series!
M. Sakran tells me he spent a lot of time wondering which five items he would take with him in the Escape Pod and also wondering whether he should take real items or imaginary ones. In the end, he decided upon these…
A box containing religious items, which, as a self-contained item, could be considered one thing, and is something I would definitely need for any long journey.
A zero gravity complete toilet kit, since, in an engineering oversight, the escape pod does not seem to come with such facilities.
A very high tech rechargeable robotic dog (either rechargeable by direct connection to the pod or via a built in solar panel), which would provide a source of interaction, responsibility, variability, and entertainment.
A large bag of hand selected multi-flavored jelly beans, which would provide a daily treat to be looked forward to, a break in the monotony of the energy bars, and would be practical as well as fun in zero gravity.
A bag of small magnets, with covered adhesive on one side, which would provide a way to connect the other items to the walls, would increase the usability of the robotic dog, and would provide something which could be used as a toy, as well as in other ways, in a zero gravity metal sphere.

M. Sakran is a poet who has previously appeared at my other blog Pure Haiku. He has two poetry collections under his belt and has recently finished a humorous creative nonfiction book about colon cancer, that will hopefully, be published someday. He is also currently posting chapters from his science fiction novel The Finch which is about two friends, their flying ship, and the adventure they have.
Come back tomorrow to read my review of his collection Understanding: poems with explanations by M. Sakran. This a self-published collection of twenty original poems, with explanations of each of them. The main purpose of this book is to help readers expand their understanding of poetry through the explanations..
You can follow M. Sakran at
MSakran.com
M. Sakran’s Blog
His books can be purchased at
First Try
Understanding
And if you’re wondering what on earth an Escape Pod Interview is all about, please read Escape Pod Emulation.
© Freya Pickard 2017

Review: Versions of The Self

8 November, 2016

I bought this collection because I’ve been following Christy’s blogs for a while and I enjoy her writing. I chose Versions of the Self because it is her most recent publication and I loved the splashes of colour on the front cover!
What struck me about these poems was the personal nature and themes they explore. This is a poet being honest and unpretentious. The poems are collected into themes which explore the different aspects of Christy. This is not a collection to breeze through. This collection is one to re-read again and again. On each re-read I am finding new things, discovering different viewpoints.
My three favourite poems are:
Never Now: A positive look back at a failure in life; You are caged into / A piece of the last chapter / And my words fill / The present page.
See My Sense of Self: An intriguing exploration of how the poet sees herself versus the person who thinks they know her: You see it is a version of me, virtual / That you have come to know… / I am more than a / smiling photo.
The Scampering Poem: A light-hearted yet serious viewpoint on how we let life run away with us, how we’re maybe even too busy to finish reading the poem! I know exactly what the poet means by; Life is humming away in your mind, with thoughts of / What to make for dinner…
Challenging but not disturbing. Inspiring, even in the sorrowful verses. Christy Birmingham is a writer to follow!
Click here to buy your copy of Versions of the Self
Follow Christy Birmingham at Poetic Parfait and When Women Inspire.
© Freya Pickard 2016

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