Today I’ll be hosting author Jasmine Farrell on my blog. Release:You is her recent release.
Me:What sparked your initial love for poetry?
Jasmine: What sparked my initial love for poetry was the internal rhyming and free verse that I heard in the second grade. My second-grade teacher, Steve, had a thing for poetry. I remember sitting on one of the red benches at the “meeting area” with my peers and listening to Steve recite a poem. I can’t recall the poem. I do remember the clicks, rhymes and sways of diction and allegory dancing from his lips. It was awesome. We had two poetry nights that our parents attended and I wrote about sneaking into the kitchen at midnight to eat snacks. Although I was putting myself on blast in front of my mother, it felt good to poetically spin a tale of child-like desires for sweets. I still have midnight cravings for snacks. Half of the time I curb them.
Me:How do you develop your poems? Can you guide us through the stages?
Jasmine: It all depends. Most of the time, my pieces are created with the intent to release something within me: Infatuation, happiness, rage, anger, heartache, loving deeply, etc. It starts off as a word vomit. I freely write without judgement. A day later, I’ll read the piece and refine it. Leave it alone for another day and revise.
Me:You have now released 3 poetry collections under the Releaseseries. All of them at some level is about ‘letting go’ and ‘healing’. What do these two terms specifically mean to you?
Jasmine: Healing to me is the process of freely recognizing a former ache, trauma or offense without feeling a tug at your heart. It’s crying out the past heartbreak. It’s seeing a therapist to help you make sense or process your emotions. It’s forgiving yourself and then forgiving the one who offended you (that does not mean you have to rebuild a relationship with that person of course). Healing is giving yourself space to be angry, sad, scared and hurt at a traumatic experience. From there, you can let it go with personal boundaries in mind. Letting go to me is to dropping your voice on paper.
Yesterday I came to know about Bookending Spring, a month long event hosted by Sam @ Fictionally Sam and Clo @ Cuppa Clo, from Sam’s blog post. The prompts seemed exciting and I felt like joining in. So here goes my first post for it!
(Technically Yesterday’s. But it seemed fun, so why not?)
In the future wasteland of Virginia, Sam, the son of revolutionaries, wants nothing more than to leave the violence of his past behind him, but the impending Third Revolution and the two women he loves may not let him. It is the Year of 42, and Sam travels back home after spending seven years in a work camp to find his childhood sweetheart, Gemma, married to another man and helping to lead another rebellion against the corrupt government. Society has devolved into a pre-industrial agrarian world devoid of electricity and personal freedom.
As you turn the pages of Victoria Ray’s debut book, you’ll realize, once again, that the mix of humor, erotica and sci-fi is always the best medicine and that absurd things happen all the time, such as: – A father of nine, who, on Valentine’s Day, is forced to have sex with every woman he meets
Seven year old Heidi loved her home in the town of Cumberland Maine. Summer was near and she looked forward to all that it would bring. Her plans hit a massive, thorny thicket when her dad received good news and Heidi had to adjust to a new life. She’s rescued by a new friend, and in turn does some rescuing of her own.