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BRILLIANT BLOGGER POET INTERVIEW: PROVOCATIVE DAYDREAMING WITH BOGDAN DRAGOS – PART II

5. Where did you get the idea for your Daydreaming as a Profession blog site? Was it something you’ve always wanted to do? And how long has it been in existence?
Daydreaming is and was always my favorite activity. And the one I’m really good at (because it happens effortlessly). I’ve been doing it all my life, but never thought I could create something tangible from it.
Now pretty much every poem is the result of daydreaming.
Growing up, I’ve often been told that I daydream too much. The Romanian expressions for daydreaming sound something along the lines of, “to dream with one’s eyes open,” and my personal favorite, “to dream of green horses on the walls”.
Goodness, I can’t recall how many times I’ve heard that in my life. If someone could show me snapshots of my life, 85% of them would probably be of me holding a fixed stare into empty space (or on the walls) and not moving a muscle, while a universe of events went on through my mind. That’s daydreaming.
Now I do it as an adult in the office at work. There’s no one there to tell me to stop looking at green horses on the walls, so I do it all the time. I forget completely about the CCTV cameras that I have to supervise for some long moments and drift into daydreaming (most of which would be influenced by events that happened in the casinos).
After doing this for a long time, I thought to myself, “Hmm… it’s like I’m finally being paid to daydream. All those teachers who scowled and scolded me for doing it should see me now. I’ve turned daydreaming into a profession…”
That’s where the name for my website came from. Since the writings are a result of daydreaming, I thought why not?
The idea to start the blog was also quite random. It came to me in the summer of 2019.

Since the days of studying English from PDF books, I always thought that having a website of one’s own was quite awesome, so I daydreamed about it. I wanted to have a website of my own, though I never knew what I’d fill it with.

2019 was a time when I completely got rid of rhymes in my poetry. I wrote only free verse, thinking that only the message matters, and the way it’s presented in simply doesn’t. So I stopped carrying about what my poems looked like aesthetically and focused solely on what they had to say. It was at that time that people started responding positively to them. I started sharing on a website called Hello Poetry and the comments were overwhelmingly positive. It was a very small community though. But I remember that one of the members kept advertising their poetry on their blog, so I thought, “Hey, that’s quite the awesome idea! I’ll share my poems on my own blog.”
I’ve built websites in high school before, so I had the basics, but WordPress was easier than I’d ever thought. I can’t recommend it enough for people who want to make their writings seen. The best part about WordPress is the community.

6. Your poems are regularly published over on the Gobblers/Masticadores WordPress site. Is there something about them that draws you to work with them over any other publishers/sites?!
I’ve been featured by many other publishers, but indeed never so much as with Gobblers/Masticadores and MasticadoresIndia.
Yes, there is definitely something special about them. Unlike with other publishers who are strictly all about business, Masticadores makes you feel like part of a big family, rather than a business associate. This can make all the difference in the world.

7. Have you had any of your poems published in hard copy? Which format do you prefer to use to get your writing out there into the world?!
Yes, I have a poetry book titled “Pour the Whiskey Over My Heart and Set It On Fire” published with Horror Sleaze Trash. It’s available for purchase only in hard copy.
Also I have the self-published project “The Muse’s Bad Touch” which is available both in print and e-book.
As for the preferred format, well, I guess we can all agree that as long as the message gets out there, it matters not in what form.

8. What’s next for Bogdan Dragos and Daydreaming as a Profession?
I’ll be honest, I’m very bad at planning ahead. So it’s no wonder that I’ve no specific plans for the website. I just go with the flow. The poems will definitely keep on coming.
Meanwhile, outside of the website and outside of poetry, I’m working on yet another novel. Maybe I’ll finally make it with this one. And if not… I’ll just write another one.

So there you go folks, that’s Bogdan Dragos for you! 👍😁 A man who’s not afraid to push literary boundaries; challenge our pre-conceptions & morals and is very much “dreaming with his eyes open.” He knows what he wants; where he wants to go & is having fun doing it!

Thanks to Bogdan for agreeing to participate in the Brilliant Blogger Poet initiative and for being so forthcoming with his insightful; humorous & detailed answers. Thanks to you guys also for joining me on my everyday blogging journey and for reading my posts. Mind yourselves; stay creative and take care! 🙏😁

BLOG GOALS FOR THE WEEK AHEAD: PART 49

Morning folks! Hope ye all had a lovely weekend! 🤞🙏 😁 Welcome back to my weekly Blog Goals for the Week Ahead where I set out my blog schedule and creative goals for the coming week. I posted my 1st motivational running quote for ye earlier so I’ll get stuck into tomorrow’s schedule straight away.

First up we have our regular response to Sadje’s very popular #WhatDoYouSee #WDYS Poetry Image Prompt. If you wish to participate in it then you can access it through the following link: https://lifeafter50forwomen.com/2022/09/05/what-do-you-see-150-september-5-2022/

Later on that day I’ve a new poem in the pipeline that I hope to publish titled: THOSE LITTLE LIES about the things we tell ourselves to keep us sane.

On Wednesday, I’ll be posting my second running quote of the week followed up by the 2nd part of my BRILLIANT BLOGGER POET INTERVIEW with the weird and wonderful Bogdan Dragos! 😁

On Thursday, we’ll be taking our weekly trip down movie memory lane with some more re-views of my old cinema reviews from 2008. This week we’ll looking back (a week later than intended) at THE KITE RUNNER AND SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET. This will be followed up by my response to d’Verse’s latest Poetics Prompt.

Then, on Friday, I’ll be posting my 3rd motivational running quote of the week which will be followed up later by my Poetry Quotes blog where we take a look at a couple of my favourite poetry quotes; break them down; analyse them and apply the lessons learned to our lives as poets and readers alike. 😁

On Saturday, I hope to share with you a poem especially composed for WORLD SUICIDE PREVENTION DAY 2022 titled “Embrace The Enigma.” Later on that day I’ll share my final inspirational running quote with ye.

Finally, on Sunday, I’ll be wrapping it all up with my Sunday Afternoon Blog Recap with links to all the blogs I posted during the previous week. Thanks for stopping by and reading my blog. Until next Monday, mind yourselves; stay creative and take care. 🤞🙏😁

BRILLIANT BLOGGER POET INTERVIEW: PROVOCATIVE DAYDREAMING WITH BOGDAN DRAGOS – PART 1

Welcome folks to the latest edition of my Brilliant Blogger Poet initiative which this week features what promises to be an intriguing and insightful interview with the daring & provocative Mr. Bogdan Dragos. He works in a casino by night dreaming of being a writer of renown, where I imagine he meets all sorts of interesting & strange people. Thank you Bogdan for agreeing to participate in this initiative.

1. First of all I’d like to ask you have you always been drawn to expressing yourself through the written word and telling stories?

Oh, absolutely not!
I hated reading and writing as a child and as a teenager. I hated school and everything that resembled or reminded me of it. One time I got into a fight with a friend at the end of summer vacation because he wouldn’t stop talking about how eager he was for school to begin, and, you know, that was pure blasphemy in my ears… Anyway, I wasn’t the best of kids growing up. I harbored this intense hatred towards anything that seemed to take away my freedom, and school was that. I hated reading, writing, and writers with the passion of a prisoner hating on prison guards. But, well, if life has anything to teach us it’ll be that you become what you hate.

I only fell in love with books and reading once I no longer felt obligated to deal with them. Once I saw myself free from their ‘tyranny’ and free to approach and study them at my own pace and without being asked to write an essay about what I understood from them… well, it was just something else.
As you know, I live in Romania and never in my life have set foot on the American continent, but I guess I was born in a lucky time, a time when I could discover the world through the internet. At the time, everything on the internet was in English and all the cool stuff came from the US, so in order to be able to enjoy any of the cool stuff one had to have a perfect grasp of the English language.

Yeah, school never managed to motivate me to learn a thing. But not being able to explore the World Wide Web because of a language barrier… Hah, long story short, I taught myself English by studying books in PDF and using Google Translate. When I came across an unknown word or phrase I’d jot it down in a notebook with the translation on the side (I filled a few notebooks this way).
I downloaded PDF books from some shady website and boy was I shocked to discover that the fiction some people write is nothing like the fiction we study in school. It’s not all boring fairy tales, some of the stories are actually quite gritty and compelling. You can tell how much that changed my view of literature and writers. Suddenly I had only respect towards those people. In Romania, we have great respect for our classical writers. We name streets & schools and institutes after them, and put their picture on money, and teach our children about them. But in school, they are presented as saints & god-like figures, it’s impossible to relate to them in any way. Only through independent study can one discover that those ‘saints’ have erotic works in their bibliography, and they abused alcohol and drugs & battled various mental illnesses and led a life that was not exactly honorable. What a difference it makes to be able to see gods as humans, to relate to them. Unfortunately, school here in Romania simply does not advocate that.
Anyway, after you fall in love with reading, you’re but one step away from falling in love with writing as well. I might be wrong, but I believe that literally all one needs to fall in love with writing is the ability to enjoy spending time alone. If you have that, you have what it takes to be a writer. I sure am glad I went down this path.

2.In your stories and poems you seem to enjoy pushing moral boundaries & challenging the status quo by exploring the darker recesses of the human condition & asking questions that no one else will ask?! Are these traits always something you possessed. Have they always been something you aspired to do?

I’ve always been attracted to the unusual, the stuff people usually avoid. Like I’ve said in question 1, I used to download PDF book and study them to learn English, and I got those books from some website (it was easier back in the day, I guess), and this website had a category listed as BANNED BOOKS. I remember it was in bold red letters so of course it caught my attention and I clicked it and saw a list of ’em.
“Why would books be banned?” I wondered after I clarified what the term BANNED meant in its entirety.
It was a shock for me to learn that books are really not all about virtuous knights battling evil dragons to save princesses and cheesy stuff like that. Books can have swear words in them, they can talk about death and torture not just by mentioning that it happened (like they do in history books for example), but by actually detailing it word by word, making you feel like you’re witnessing the scene before your eyes. Books can talk about feelings so much deeper than just saying that some character felt happy or sad. They can make you feel things, they can get into your head and lay eggs there. You’ll know they’ve hatched when you put the book down physically, yet its words won’t let you alone even if you want them to.
If I do push moral boundaries & challenge the status quo in my stories it’s partly because I feel like I’m catching up to something. To all this time spent thinking that books are either for foolish kids or snobby academics and nothing in between. I finally discovered that books can be for me also.
Another part of why I write the way I do is thanks to my work. Supervising casinos exposes you to many, many dark characters and their stories. Some are better than others but there’s nothing like when you see a young man coming daily into the casino and playing the slot machines and making friends with the other gamblers and the bouncers and the game attendants, and one day he doesn’t show up. Only the news of his suicide show up.
Here’s the paradox: ‘the poorer the country, the better the gambling industry fares in it.’ Romania is not a rich country… So gambling is a god here.
The casinos are open 24/7, even on holidays. Many other establishments are not open at night, so ‘the people of the night’ find shelter in front of the slot machines & they bring their darkness with them. I observe it all from my office, as if through a reader’s point of view. A reader checking out a book from the BANNED BOOKS list.
Like I said, some stories are better than others, but all of them are improved by adding fiction in the mix.
I’m pretty sure I’d still be a writer even without working here, and my stories wouldn’t be much different. Usually you write what you like to read & I can’t stand fiction that sugarcoats things. Worst of all is fiction that reduces something like the horrors of war to a PG – 13 rating reach a wider audience. If I don’t like a product I’ll stop consuming it. I won’t preach to others why they should stop doing it as well. So as a writer, I will be direct with my words & never sugarcoat things just to fit in.

3. I’ve noticed that you regularly use your central character to explore the poet’s struggles & lifestyle; God or the lack thereof in the world; the depravity of humanity & the aspirations for a better life.
Yes, well, this is a weird philosophy of mine. I’ve learned to observe all things objectively, to never get involved. For example, you see thieves and criminals and rapists and warmongers and and the like in the world and the first impulse is to desire to see them punished, to make them pay for their actions. I don’t disagree with that. Not one bit. Evildoers should pay for their evil deeds. But the punishment we can deliver on them is a worldly one (prison time and execution at worst). What about beyond that? What if we could see them like we see animals killing each other in documentaries? Through more objective lens. Growing up, we all ask ourselves what it’s like to be Superman or Wonderwoman or a police officer, a CEO, the president, an astronaut and so on. How many of us wonder what it’s like to be a thief or a criminal (and remember kids, wandering what it’s like to be something doesn’t mean desiring or aiming to be that thing… Okay?). Villains are people too, and too often their stories are far, far more fascinating (and relatable) than those of heroes.
If we make the effort to not judge only on surface level, we can see that the robber who held people at gunpoint in the gas station and ran with the money was actually some desperate father who needs to pay for his daughter’s life-saving surgery. Does that justify his action? Should he not be punished if caught? No to both questions. But it does elevate him from monster to human, it makes him another one of us. It makes us realize that monsters are but misunderstood humans. Makes us think, what if I did even worse had I been dealt his cards?
To know what you would’ve done in their place, you need to know why they are in the place they are, how did they get there. And to find that out, you obviously need to look further than surface level. And… you know what they say about staring into the abyss.
Truth is that every one of us is capable of evils beyond imagination and it’s important for us to know this. Just to be aware of it. One who doesn’t know evil doesn’t know

good either and is therefore not completely human. That’s why it feels (to me) important to study all aspects of the human condition. To dig into the villain’s backstory as well. It teaches us about them, sure, but also about ourselves.
And writing is perhaps the best medium to achieve this.

4. The poet in your poems, is any of part of him based upon you; someone you know perhaps or is he purely fictional? Or a combination of all 3?!
The poet is a different character every time. Sometimes it’s based on me, sometimes it’s someone I know, sometimes it’s pure fiction, and other times it’s a combination of all three.
The more you write, the more you’ll discover that you love writing about writing.
This is especially common among writers who struggle or have struggled in the past.
Here’s just two examples that come to mind quickly:
STEPHEN KING – so many of his characters are writers/artists. The journey to becoming one himself was not a smooth path. He struggled and faced rejection again and again. I love the part in “On Writing” where he talks about how he pinned every rejection letter he received to his wall with a nail. He then goes on to say that by the time he was fourteen, the nail in his wall would no longer support the weight of the rejection slips impaled upon it. He then replaced the nail with a spike and went on writing. This leaves a mark on one’s character and as you can see, definitely influences one’s art later in life.
The second example would be CHARLES BUKOWSKY – the man who wrote all his life and only made it in his fifties. You can bet a huge part of his writings are about writing.
Meanwhile, I never really aimed to ‘make it big’ with writing. Not because I’m so modest, but because I simply didn’t believe it was possible for me. I started writing to exercise my English. And then somewhere along the way I thought, “What if I could share this with the world? What would they think of it?”
Of course they thought nothing of it because it was crap. Not a lot of people know this, but my first poems were rhyming poems. I wish I could paste one here, but I don’t want you and the people who read this interview to cringe that hard. It was just bad. Not because rhyming poetry is bad, but because I am extremely bad at it. The rhymes were forced and they only occurred on the last words of every line.

I no longer rhyme my poetry, but that doesn’t mean it’s accepted everywhere. Unless you’re someone whose name alone sells a book, rejection is a perfectly normal part of being a writer.
I’ve written novels too, by the way. Even an epic series. But well, the important thing, and the one thing I did correct all along, was to never quit.
As a writer, you go through all the states from overjoyed to suicidal and back, so why not expand the cycle and improve on your career by writing about them.
I can say for sure that I’ll never get tired of reading about writers and their struggle. It’s my favorite subject.
Doesn’t necessarily have to be about writers, just artists in general.
By the way, I’m currently reading Murakami’s “Killing Commendatore”. Got into it just because I’ve heard it’s about a struggling artist (a painter this time). I’m enjoying it so far.

That’s it for this week folks! Really hope that ye enjoyed this interview with the maverick philosopher & daring poet: Bogdan Dragos. I, for one, found it massively informative and thoroughly entertaining, as Bogdan always is! 👍😁 Please tune in again next Wednesday for part II of it! 🙏😁

If you’d like to read more of his work or follow his written progress then you can find him on all the Social Media platforms. His blog/poetry/writing is Daydreaming as a Profession & can be found at this link:

https://bogdandragos.com/blog/

His work is also regularly featured on Gobblers/Masticadores which can be accessed at the following link:

https://gobblersmasticadores.wordpress.com/

BRILLIANT BLOGGER POET: MOUSE AKA MICHAEL MURDOCH FROM THE TWISTING TAIL – INTERVIEW

1.Mouse or Michael, thank you very much for taking the time to participate in this interview and answer my questions. Before we go anywhere else, where did you come up with the nickname/pseudonym: Mouse? It has always fascinated me! 😁

Thanks for the opportunity. I’ve never been asked to do anything like this before. So be gentle, it’s my first time.
The name was a natural progression. I was a tiny child, the smallest in my class every year. Michael became Mickey, and it led on from there.
I’m happy to report I grew to the height of an average adult male. (By worldwide statistics)
2.I see you’ve a wide ranging and well informed selection of material in your blog. It features verything from poetry to Japanese forms of it to flash fiction; short stories along with some fun heretofore unknown facts. What inspired you to start this blog off in the first place?

I never intended to start a blog. Initially, I wanted to write a rhyme book for my children. For some reason my wandering mind kept coming up with inappropriate material. (Eg. Fluffy little bunnies, twitching in the snow. Wait, it’s not winter, that’s Colombian blow.)
All this material was put into a folder and sat there. I started thinking it was a waste because some was entertaining and bam! I released my nonsense into the world.
3.And do you have a favourite genre or style of writing, out of the aforementioned ones in the previous question, that you are particularly drawn to or keep coming back to?
It’s changed over the last few years. When I started it was micro fiction with a twist ending, then I wanted to experiment and learn do I ran through hundreds of forms, anything I could find. (I still do this regularly.)
Now I write what comes as it comes and form it into what feels right.

4.What part of the world do you hail from, if you don’t mind me asking?! Your names and nicknames suggest Australia yet everytime you read my blog you come up as being from Finland? Sorry, its the journalist side of me! You can tell me to mind my own business if you want? ! 😛😂

I think this is common knowledge for most who know me on WordPress. I’m a born and raised Aussie. I grew up in half a dozen inner and outer suburbs of Melbourne and the countryside of Victoria.
I met my Finnish wife in Croatia while travelling the world. We’ve hopped back and forth between both countries but we are currently settled here in Finland while raising the children.
5.Following on from that, how does where you live and or are from inspire or influence your material?

I can’t say for sure since I only started writing again in the last few years. But I guess the Aussie in me doesn’t take anything too seriously. If you can’t make something into a joke you aren’t trying hard enough. And Finn’s are known for their dark, dry humor. (And heavy metal) Given the unforgiving terrain it’s understandable. I’d like to say it’s leached into me since arriving but I’ve always been a little twisted. I can definitely say I wouldn’t be writing about snow so much if I was still sweating my ass off in Oz.
6.Your sense of humour and the absurd set your blog apart. Has humour or the twisted side of things always been a draw for you?
As long as I remember. I was always looking for things that didn’t conform. Things that make you think twice, things that assault and distort our perception of the world. The more twisted the better. I still remember the shock of novels by Palahniuk or reading American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis for the first time, or the film, In the Mouth of Madness, all twisted in their special way.

7.Have you always enjoyed expressing yourself as a writer/blogger and been interested in facts & learning new things?

In my youth, I wrote books and books of poetry and stories. Then all of a sudden I stopped around the age of 17. I didn’t really write anything again for 17 years until I started the twisting tail blog. I’ve enjoyed the getting the words down and out since then.
The facts and trivia are something I’ve always loved. The little things that build and bind the bigger picture of the world.

8.So, what’s next for The Twisting Tail?

I’ve cut back but I’ll keep posting every week. I’m trying to find the time to learn about ebooks and self publishing.
I’d also like to get into different forms of media but I think thats a little further off.

What a thoroughly enjoyable; interesting & informative interview with a deeply intelligent & creative man who’s travelled the world; found love and family in the process; dares to think outside the box; revels in the provocative and rediscovered his passion for writing through his children & starting The Twisting Tail.

Please tune in next Wednesday for my next BRILLIANT BLOGGER POET Profile. Just who that’ll be will be revealed next Monday in my Blog Goals for the Week Ahead. Mind yourselves; stay creative and take care. 🙏😁 And if you want to check out more of Mouse’s material then you can access it through the following link: https://murdochmouse.wordpress.com/

BRILLIANT BLOGGER POET: BEN ALEXANDER AKA DAVID BOGOMOLNY FROM THE SKEPTIC’S KADDISH – INTERVIEW

Well folks! Here it is: the interview with ben Alexander aka David Bogomolny from THE SKEPTIC’S KADDISH. Hope that you enjoy reading it and find it as fascinating and informative as I did! 🤞🙏😁

1. For those that don’t know you too well, how long ago and what motivated you to begin The Skeptic’s Kaddish?

· In short, my father died nearly four years ago, in July 2018, and that was very unexpected. As per Jewish tradition, I committed myself to reciting the ‘Mourner’s Kaddish’ prayer every day for one Hebrew calendar year in his honor together with a Jewish prayer quorum, but I quickly found that this traditional process of Jewish mourning wasn’t working for me – and I didn’t think that my father would have had much respect for my simply going through the motions. So, I started publicly blogging on the Times of Israel website about my mourning process, as I continued reciting the Kaddish, and that became healing. When my year of traditional Jewish mourning ended, I stopped blogging; but eight months later I came to feel a deep need to return to it. That’s when I created The Skeptic’s Kaddish blog.

2. Before you began the blog had you any experience or interest in creative writing or poetry? Or was it just something that you’d always wanted to do?

· Writing was something I’d always enjoyed in school, but it was never something I had pursued as an adult. I remember writing a few poems as a college freshman, and I took one poetry class, but that was it. Creative writing and poetry were never something I considered investing myself in as an adult… at least, not until I started blogging about my mourning process for my father.

3. You strike me as a person who, while born Jewish, openly questions the existence of a benevolent divine being. Yet you are always open to debate; conversations and connections with and embracing of folk of similar or differing ideologies or no belief systems at all! Has this always been the case or a trait you developed through life experience?

· I’d say I’ve been curious to understand other people for as long as I can remember. It’s not something I’ve had to develop.

4. Speaking of birth you weren’t born in Israel were you? Where did you grow up and what prompted you to move to Israel? I won’t say “return” as you can’t really return to a place you were never born in. Was there a magnetic pull of sorts for you to move there? And is that true for all of Jewish birth? Forgive me for any unintentional generalisations.

· I was born in Jerusalem, Israel, but my father found work in the USA; my family moved away from Israel when I was less than two-years-old. While I grew up in the USA, we would often visit my mother’s family in Israel – so the Jewish State and Zionism were always part of my life. Growing up in the USA, I was the only one of my Jewish friends who had been born in Israel.

5. I find your writing style to be incredibly diverse; experimental; clever; honest; heartfelt and laced with subtle yet noticeable humour ranging in form from haibuns to haiku’s to flash fiction and everything in between. Pretty much anything within the broad writing spectrum. Again, has this always been the case or has it evolved over time?

· I’ve only been writing like this for the past couple of years… so… I don’t know – I just write in the way that feels most natural for me. Since I’m new to writing, I like exploring various poetic forms and devices – maybe I’ll eventually settle upon (discover my) one style, but that’s not a goal of mine, per se.

6. With the wonderful success of your Poetry Partners initiative that to this date has featured up to and including 89 different collaborations and the newly established W3: We’ave Written Weekly prompt. Is it your intention to keep going down the collaborative route which has proved immensely popular?! Or focus on your own individual material? Or a mixture of both perhaps?!

· Collaboration and other writers’ poetry inspires me more than almost anything else… And I haven’t come across any collaborative poetry initiatives online. The prompts I love to respond to every week are not collaborative – they’re all “top down”. So, I feel that I am bringing something different to our poetry community, something that isn’t very common (for some reason), and that gives me a deep sense of fulfillment. Beyond what I’m currently doing, I’m honestly not sure what the future holds for me as a poet.

7. Following on from that question. With the amount of material you’ve written for your blog have you ever considered publishing a poetry collection? Or is that something for down the line sometime?

· I’ve thought a lot about this, but I’ve come to realize that I don’t really have enough time to invest in publishing right now. I have several jobs and a wife and daughter whom I am very committed to… publishing will have to wait.

8. What next for THE SKEPTIC’S KADDISH? And did you ever imagine how much of a positive response you would get from it?

I hate to say, ‘I don’t know.’ But… I don’t know! The W3 prompt is a very recent initiative of mine – it’s only 5 weeks old… so I think I would like to commit myself to that and get it established before moving forward with further initiatives.

· As for the response that The Skeptic’s Kaddish has received, that’s been very humbling and gratifying – I never expected anything like it. There are many poets online who are much more experienced than I am at writing poetry; many who have published multiple books; many who regularly perform their poetry for audiences… All I’ve got is a blog and a few years of writing experience. I’m very, very touched that so many people connect with my poetry.

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