Interview With WILDsound Festival


1) What is the theme of your poem?

My poem Monet is based upon the artist from France. He probably is one of the most recognizable names from the Impressionistic period centering on Paris. He painted the water lily painting and gave it to France. Apparently the painting is tremendous in size (it covers walls) and took some time. I found similarities in myself and what he accomplished, obviously on a much lesser known scale.

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

I would like them to know and feel that these artists are regular people, like us, who express themselves in what they do. They don’t see it as work but really a function of themselves, therefore, we can all benefit and connect to them. Maybe we can learn to express ourselves in some small way or at least feel better by liking some of their work. I would like them to pretend they are walking in a garden of long ago and meeting a man who became known for his work. In some small way one would feel privileged to meet this man and find out about him. I’d like them to find out if they identify with him in some way. I’d like them to find a purpose in their own lives like he had purpose.

3) How long have you been writing poetry?

I wrote quite a bit of poetry a few years ago and plan on doing so again. It inspired me to write a novel. However, I wrote a poem when I was about twenty and gave it to my grandmother. It has since been lost but I thought it quite good. Then I wrote a poem about my sister for a party. It was a tribute to her and I suppose it showed my love for her. I never considered myself a poet because I couldn’t even remember words from a song, only that I liked the song. Now much later in life I have this ability to write lines in the morning. They form quite naturally. If I don’t get up and write them down, they are lost.

4) Do you have a favorite poet?

Edgar Allan Poe. Not because he wrote dark poems and such but because my Dad recited his words to me over and over. My Dad could remember lines on and on. I found this fascinating. I feel underprivileged because my school didn’t offer Literature to me as an English class in high school. I never found out about these greats until later in life. What suffering had I?

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

Twitter and WordPress. The cost was low and it sounded intriguing. I do suppose it is like a mini production. Fun.

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

I have written a novel (trilogy) and published it to Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and Smashwords. I would like to try short stories and possibly a script. I think I’d prefer if someone wrote my script for me. I believe at this point I could polish a script of mine, but write it I’m not sure.

7) What is your passion in life? My passion?

Drinks coffee, scratches temple, hmm. My children. However, I’m going up the escalator now and going higher for some goodness for myself. Things come to those who wait and I feel gratified having given my time and energy to my children. Things to come such as more writing, playing golf, a bit of travel, the sea, wine, architecture (I almost became one of these), and children. Also, I want to get back that nostalgic feeling about Christmas as I lost it awhile back. I’m always searching and learning.

Caroline Clemens Interview

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