1.What made you write and keeps you writing?
Literature has always been one of my strongest subjects even as a child.
Math was not my cup of tea.. I had much difficulty throughout my school life.
English was a subject I felt comfortable with.. I enjoyed analyzing poems even at a young age
2. Who or what most influences …writers …things…situations…emotions?
Emotions and people play a major role in my writing abilities. They coincide.
I read the Italian newspaper and the encyclopedia.
As I got older, life’s events lead me to express myself much more.
Writing was free speech and expression. Placing your emotions and ideas on paper.
I simply love it, so I continued on.
The more I concentrated, the more the images flowed through my mind and heart
From definitions to using the proper word.
Before I put it on paper I need to know its meaning.
I will not add any information which I cannot relate to.
I also look at other writers such as Robert Frost, Emily Dickinson and Maya Angelou.. I do research as I write.
I loved Maya Angelou, her words often tugged at my heartstrings..she was very soulful….she spoke with her soul as I wish to do.
She was a noble woman who had compassion and understanding.
I have enjoyed lots of her works
She is considered to be one of my inspirations as well. My inspirations have always been family, friends and nature.
This wonderful creation which we see daily.
My parents primarily for giving me the gift of life and inner strength… after a lifelong of illness, my parents, brother and sisters were my foundations.
School was also an integral part.. I loved to learn and still continue today.
My daughter Bianca and husband Antonio have given me the force to carry on even when I thought that it was impossible due to many health issues. After being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis at the age of 38, writing became my refuge, alongside prayer.
I think about their struggles and as I go through my path in this natural world I come to the realization that if it were not for their arduous work, we today would not have had an easier life.
Writing was a form of therapy I enjoyed very much.
I keep on writing because I feel free…. I choose not to be only defined by illness but my other qualities. This is who I am.
Writing is one of my major strengths.
3. How does writing poetry and your own life merge?
What made you a poet and how does it affect your daily life?
I feel no matter the subject … visible or invisible, we need to make a connection.. a human connection
We need to feel and be in the moment with our thoughts and emotions.
Poetry is intertwined with my life because I can see an image, hear a word, concentrate on the subject and I continue to put pen on paper.
I view intangible things such as the wind and love and try to make it tangible. I write and rewrite.
I became a poet gradually always keeping in mind and consideration to publish someday.
I entered Italian newspaper competitions, online competitions etc.
I had determination and hard work was involved..
It affects my life because at times I feel that my dreams are not others dreams to attain.
Not all are interested in my poetry and at times it is hurtful but it is all right for this is my life and I am the only person which needs to be satisfied and fulfilled.
I write with my soul … I try to always be true to myself.
I make many drafts before the final piece is out.
4. Do your poems make you sad or happy or any other emotions that they bring?
In all that one does I feel there are always a combination of emotions, in poetry and song it is the same
As I wrote some of my works have left me crying like a child while others had me smiling, pondering, reminiscing about yesterday and today ….I try to convey a message with my prose … always positive. .
I would like my readers to visualize what I write and to enjoy reading.. I would like that they escape to a beautiful world they can call their own.
With this being said it is my wish and prayer that my poetry will bring them back to their childhood or adolescence….
I don’t know how I have developed my way of writing …. I look back at what I wrote in 2004 and today .. it differs… I believe it is with practice that it has changed.
5. Looking at your own writing style: How did you develop it? What do you think makes others enjoy what you have to say and the way you say it?
I also read lots about other writers as Robert Frost, Emily Dickinson and Maya Angelou.
I do research as I write.
From searching for the proper definition in accordance with what message I am trying to convey before I put it on paper I need to know its meaning.. I will not add any information which I cannot relate to.
In reference to others liking my writing I believe that I try my best to capture the readers attention…I don’t know I have succeeded.
I hope that I capture my readers by using imagery they need to visualize. I am very detailed .
It is my wish that when others read my works they smile or say .. “That is my wife, mother, sister, daughter, cousin, niece, friend” and then smile.
I am not sure if everyone enjoys what I write .
I wish they do but I also have to come to the realization that not everyone is interested in poetry….It is my wish that they see the poem as a whole and not in fragments.
If I have touched one person or it has led to one youngster continuing their education in literature then it is suffice for me.
I hope others embrace it as I do, but at the end of the day I write for me because I enjoy it.
My style is imagery …..It is a plus for me if others have enjoyment as well
Frank and Valeri of Poetry Pasta have helped me immensely with their feedback and advice, for this I would like to say thank you.
You are most welcome Rita :) We enjoy and love your poems :) Auguri! (auguri in Italian means congratulations) Questions courtesy of Frank Esposito.