Wombwell Rainbow Interviews
I am honoured and privileged that the following writers local, national and international have agreed to be interviewed by me. I gave the writers two options: an emailed list of questions or a more fluid interview via messenger.
The usual ground is covered about motivation, daily routines and work ethic, but some surprises too. Some of these poets you may know, others may be new to you. I hope you enjoy the experience as much as I do.
Ahmad Al-Khatat, was born in Baghdad, Iraq on May 8th. He has been published in several press publications and anthologies all over the world and has poems translated in several languages. He has published two poetry books “The Bleeding Heart Poet” and “Love On The War’s Frontline” which are available on Amazon. Most of his new and old poems are also available on his official page Bleeding Heart Poet on Facebook:
1. What inspired you to write poetry?
Mainly, my homeland due to 2003 war we had, and women and nature since they both have a similar kind of beauty.
2. Who introduced you to poetry?
I used to write free verses, since I was 10 years old. Until the time my father noticed the first poem
that I wrote and he encouraged me to edit it by myself. And so I did it with my mother help. Then they both surprised me when they published in a known newspaper back in 2000.
3. How aware were you of the dominating presence of older poets?
Since the beginning of my real journey in poetry writing, in which I always say they are here because they are waiting on youth poets to keep the river of poetry flooding. With its tales and inspiring and love.
4. What is your daily writing routine?
I write almost at any time I have, but mostly I do my writing in the late night, I believe it is the only time I hear myself talking to me, away from the city noise and street lights. It does hurt to hear what my soul have to say from what I have or have had done against my will or faith.
5. What motivates you to write?
When I see unethical action towards me, or toward an innocent person at work or on the street. When I say unethical I mean racism, hate, and fighting mindlessly. As well as love when I see a beautiful woman walking with a unique style, or even a sweet perfume. But all of those motives come from the support of my fiancée Noemi Stafford. Who she is gifted reader and lovely editor and the whole world to me.
6. What is your work ethic?
I always try to flip over the newspapers or social media, and look for stories in which it touches me deeply down, and I write about it. Sad or happy poems are stories of other people who talk to me about their lives, and so mine as well. In which, most of my writing are connected to people heart. As well as, I try to avoid to use vulgar words, since poetry is a language to all the ages.
7. How do the writers you read when you were young influence you today?
Well, because of their writing I am still writing because I believe they have wrote what they have had witnessed, and as a mini writer myself I should write about what will the future will take today writing as history. Also most of the writers I have had read, they use the easy reading and understanding poetry, in which I decided that I will do the same as they did, in which I am grateful to have some of my poems are being taught in a school in Africa. Where they read and understand my poems and write their own by being inspiring from my poems.
8. Who of today’s writers do you admire the most and why?
I honestly do not admire any writers today, I do love and respect them all, and would gladly read their own writings.
9. Why do you write?
To tell the next generation, why our world is being damaged by whom, and understand the real meaning of orphan, widow, wounded solider, refugee, immigrant, grief, and depression. Since all of those words are only available in novels and not heard in real life, in the right way.
10. What would you say to someone who asked you “How do you become a writer?”
Read, read, and read, anything that you will inspire you to the world of writing. And do not let anyone stop you from writing.
11. Tell me about the writing projects you have on at the moment.
Well I will be soon publishing my third poetry book “Gas Chamber”. This book will be about grief, death thoughts, and depression poems. And next year, I will start on my fourth and fifth poetry books.