Author & Poet Ben Ditmars #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author and poet Ben Ditmars

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Tell us a bit about yourself

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Ah, the million-dollar question. Which is good, because I could really use a million dollars. I am an author and poet, currently working in bookkeeping and accounting. This ties into my latest collection Number Poetry – all about the hidden rhythm of the written word. But when I’m not writing or counting beans, I enjoy exploring local history and traveling. I found a bar near my parent’s house where Al Capone used to relax. Pretty cool, eh?

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Have you always wanted to become an poet/author?

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I’ve always wanted to be heard. But I’m shy around strangers. Writing helps me decipher my thoughts and communicate better.

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What was your inspiration for the writing?

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I find inspiration everywhere. The sky, the trees, stars in space – a lot with the stars in space. Science in general makes me think and ask questions. It’s a good conduit for metaphors. So is romance. My favorite poems from other poets are romantic ones – borderline erotic. Sex is liberating as an art form. And probably other ways too.

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Do you have any quirks while writing?

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OCD. Lots of OCD. I can agonize over a single word or piece of punctuation for hours. It’s slightly more muted writing for publications, because I can take time. But if it’s for the internet, you’re naked when it’s posted. There’s an urgency, exhilaration and fear that goes with it. But it also helps you find what works and resonates with an audience.

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Do you have any advice for new authors about the publishing world?

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Research the publishing and business world. Go to author events and see how they promote and interact. Watch Mad Men. Read as much as possible of the genre you intend to write. Think of who your audience will be and what you can give them they don’t have.

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What are you working on now?

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I’m working on quite a few things. A book of romantic haiku, a haiku novella and fantasy adventure, and a young-adult collection with various life lessons. It should be a real hoot.

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What are your hopes for the future?

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I would love to keep expanding and reaching new audiences. That’s my biggest struggle is growing the ranks of people who read poetry. Partly, I’ve been doing this through posting on Instagram, or the Gram as hip Gen-Y kids call it. Or it Gen Z? I’m too much of a Millennial to actually remember.

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Do you have anything to say to your fans?

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Yes, as a matter of fact. I appreciate you staying with me through these weird ideas I have. I could be living under a bridge shouting haiku, but you like my posts and buy books so I don’t have to.

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Buy links

Amazon

Author links

Twitter

Website

Amazon

Facebook

Instagram

Wolfe Words #poetry

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You’re a wolf
In sheep clothing
Spouting pretty words
Utter nonsense
Flowery prose
Lies in disguise

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You think me
fooled
Laughing
behind my back
Telling tales
of my ignorance

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But be warned
I know you tricks
There will be no pardon
I will purge you
From my body
And certainly my mind

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Helle Gade 2018

Meet poet Sylvester L. Anderson #NationalPoetryMonth @SylvesterPoetry

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I am happy to introduce Sylvester L. Anderson.

I have been following him for quite a while and I really enjoy his poetry, I’m sure you will too.

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The Nest

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At times we are like baby birds in a nest

Crying out and waiting to be fed

We know that day will come soon

When we must sum up the courage and take flight

Yes we feel all too secure in the confines of our nest

Afraid to seek out and discover the gift of life

Yet the time will come one day baby bird

And your wings will be fully capable of carrying you

On that day let go of your fear

Take flight and spread your wings

Soar through the spacious skies and glide with the gentle winds

Trust in a loving God

And discover his gift of life

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Sylvester L. Anderson – bio

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I was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois.  I started writing poetry in high school and had a love for creating with words. I grew up listening to top 40 radio, where the music was so diverse in style, sound, and lyrics. I count The Beatles as one of my influences. In October of 2012, I published my first poetry collection “Life through Celestial Lenses”. It was a blessing to accomplish this. Something I had been striving for since after high school. In May of 2013, I published my second poetry collection, “The Darkness, The Light, And the Glory”, and in March of this year, 2015, I publish my third collection “Heartspeak ~ God and Love”. I write to inspire and to share God’s love and light, and occasionally poke fun at myself. My books can be found at

Amazon.com ~ http://www.amazon.com/Sylvester-L-Anderson/e/B00AQ8QKM8

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I have met so many wonderful souls (yourself included, Helle) through blogging, writing, and sharing the love of poetry. I appreciate everyone’s style, passion, and reason for writing. You can find me on several different blogs, but mainly at WordPress and Twitter.

Syl65.wordpress.com – @SylvesterPoetry – Google+ – Tumblr – LinkedIn