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When I did my Year 12 exams, so many years ago, I knew exactly what I wanted to be – an Engineer, Electrical & Computer Systems, which is what I enrolled in. I successfully completed my degree and proceeded to start working in the field.

As the years slowly passed, I remembered later, after a poem or two of mine was published on the web and in magazines, that my highest mark in Year 12 had been in English. I continued to work in I.T. (and still do), but alongside it I continued to write.

Writing gives me the highest satisfaction. In seeing the words I write come to life on the page, it is like seeing and making a story unfold before your very eyes.

It is no use wondering what would have been if I had done a B.A. instead of a B.E. at university – we cannot change the past – and indeed, working in I.T., for me, is very satisfying too. I love Technology, and am a confirmed geek – in all aspects of the word. Starting out in Software Development and then becoming a Business Analyst allowed me to have the best of both worlds – writing and I.T.

So now I do both Business Analysis and also keep my writing close at hand. They are interlinked – and some have compared Software algorithms to poetry. I feel that the best way to learn and write, is to be, to become – and that is what, in everything, I try to do.

Interview With Poet & Author Valeri Beers

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Recently I got to spend some time with Valeri Beers, a published poet from Maine in the USA. Using the opportunity, I asked her to give us some insight into her writing style.

MS: Valeri, you are a published author. Why do you write?

Valeri: Because I feel like I have to write these ideas, poems, lines or words down or I will lose them.

MS: What has had influence on your writing?

Valeri: Music has always been a huge influence on my writing. I have always been inspired  to write when listening to music.

MS: Who are some of your favourite authors?

Valeri: I really like Erica Jong, Dorothy Parker, Maya Angelou, Nicholson Baker, Stephen King

MS: What is your latest publication and where can it be purchased?

Valeri: My latest publication is my poetry book …details… , which can be purchased on Amazon as an e-book or print book.

MS: What are you working on next?

Valeri: At this very moment, I am choosing a poem to be included in an anthology. I hope to publish another book of poetry or maybe edit an anthology.

MS: Tell me a little about PoetryPasta

Valeri: PoetryPasta loves to show off new poets and their words.  I try to share educational, funny, positive and encouraging.  Send me a poem!

MS: Thanks for your time do you have anything you would like to add?

Valeri: You are most welcome Malobi 🙂 Thank YOU for this opportunity 🙂

MS: Thank you Valeri for your responses, and wish you all the best for the future!

Valeri’s book …details… can be purchased here

The PoetryPasta site can be browsed here

I hope you enjoyed this interview and I hope to conduct more in the future! If you wish to be considered for an interview please comment below. Thanks

Visit to India 2014

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We were all set for a trip to Rajasthan this time on our trip to India, in Dec 2014/Jan 2015 – but they say, a higher power ‘disposes’ of our proposals.

My husband’s (and some of my) family are in India, and we make a yearly trek there to see them. This time we had planned on a trip to Rajasthan – Jaipur, and other places on a 10-day guided journey by car – not to be. My husband’s father was hospitalised with pneumonia and was still in hospital when we arrived there.

It was a case of rushing around trying to get as much done as possible in the short amount of time we had there (we were there for 3 weeks). I was so thankful that we had our own car and personal driver this time – no rushing around for taxis!

After that, my mother-in-law had a cataract operation on one eye – another ‘invalid’ in the house for a while as she couldn’t do much for a few days – whew!

But I had the FM station on full volume when I had the opportunity, in our room downstairs – it plays all the latest Bengali, Hindi and English music, so saved I was!

Well, and then it was time to come home. I was a bit sad, if truth be told – despite all the hectic running around, I really did have a great time! Well, here’s to the next trip…this time I have an inkling that there’s a trip happening in May to a place nearer to Oz…Bon Voyage alors!

FREE poetry from Malobi Sinha today!

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Malobi Sinha has been a contributor here on PoetryPasta! Congratulations Malobi 🙂  Download Malobi’s poems!  They’re excellent 🙂

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‘Rain’ is FREE on Smashwords for a short time…https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/295825‪#‎Poetry‬‪#‎malobsinha‬

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Praise for “Rain”:

Rain’ is a third Book of Poetry by author Malobi Sinha – poems to comfort, soothe…excite and satisfy the soul.

“Malobi Sinha writes poems of suppleness and emotional candour… Although Australia is rich in poetic talent like Ms Sinha…the rewards of her poetry are many, and her poems encourage repeated readings, growing richer and more complex each time.”

Phillip A. Ellis, Author, Editor Melaleuca

“There is a freshness and vibrancy in Malobi Sinha’s poems that I for one have rarely encountered in the otherwise Byzantine mazes of much contemporary poetry. The complex layers of meaning in her poems, beneath their often apparent simplicity, rewards the reader at every turn.”

Graham Pitts, Screenwriter

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World Poetry Day and ‘Rain’

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Good Morning! Or is it already afternoon…

Today is World Poetry Day, to share and and read Poetry in all its forms. To that end, I share with you my latest poem, ‘Rain’ which is the namesake for my third, and Free, eBook, ‘Rain’:

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The bell, it was

Tolling loudly as

Though possessed of

Ghosts of its

Own; Toll it did

Loud and strong

Pure and True

Until I woke from

Slumber to realise

That it was

Wind chimes from

The Outside coming

Through the window;

The wind pulling it

To and fro

And a storm Was

Arising as it

Must as it had

Needed to all those

Days that the Hot

Sun beat down

On the Ground

Accursed at its own

Existence. Would

It rain

‘Rain’ can be downloaded Free here. Please leave me any thoughts…you are welcome to share any of your own Poetry in the Comments. Thanks for visiting and hope to see you again soon 🙂