Being a poet means you are able to write what you feel: An online interview with Sophia E. DiGonis
Sophia E. DiGonis is a self-published poet and author and has been featured in numerous places on the web such as New Age Venus at http://newagevenus.com and The Write Place At The Write Time on http://thewriteplaceatthewritetime.org
Her first book, A Voice Over Time is her first volume of published poetry. She is an accomplished musician as well as a Radio DJ on several shows on the internet, such as Gypsy Poet Radio on http://blogtalkradio.com/Gypsypoetand known widely as The Gypsy Poet and/or Le Poete Gitane.
Currently, she has released her 2nd book of poetry Mysterium and is working on more releeases and other arts related projects.
She also has her Bachelor’s Degree in musicomposition from the University Of Texas at San Antonio. DiGonis is currently working on her Master of Arts in English at Texas A&M University in San Antonio. She resides with music, poetry,art, languages and literature in Texas.
Dupur Mitra: Do you think poetry play role in your society? If yes how and if not why?
Sophia E.DiGonis: Poetry plays a role in our society because it is an art form that enriches the soul and to some extent, everyone can feel it in one way or another.
Dupur Mitra: Who are your major influences as a poet?
Sophia E.DiGonis: As Poet I have many of them, but to name a few would be Constantine Cavafy, Robert Frost, Emily Dickenson, T.S. Eliot, Edgar Allan Poe and many others. Hunter S. Thompson, S.A. Griffin and Charles Bukowski.
Dupur Mitra: What does being a poet mean to you?
Sophia E.DiGonis: Being a poet means you are able to write what you feel. You are able to channel things beyond who you are and lose yourself into what you write to where you bring your readers to a higher level of thinking, beyond the mundane, beyond their problems.
Dupur Mitra: What is poetry?
Sophia E.DiGonis: Poetry is the art form of the soul that is talking written down. It’s the use of language and expression in ways that we don’t think of it the same. Poetry means different things to different people, For me, it means to reach beyond your current, beyond your upper level of emotions and reach within your soul of what you feel.
Dupur Mitra: what are your observations about trending of world poetry?
Sophia E.DiGonis: I feel like one of the few that started something. I put out my poetry and I feel like the rest of the world followed in its own way. I’ve been doing this since I was a child, but I didn’t begin publishing my poetry since 2007. For me, writing poetry was life-saving and it’s proving to be that for many others that feel broken, to help find those pieces of their lives once again, no matter the culture, race, faith, or standards.
Dupur Mitra: Can poetry movement can improve the poetry? if yes how, if not why?
Sophia E.DiGonis: The poetry movement worldwide is about empowerment and understanding each other. We have kept our literature so separate from one another and what has happened is we have achieved a unity in people to give the opportunity to understand each other through poetry. It improves because we as a people in this world improve one another through our words, expression and colors.
Dupur Mitra: What is your opinion about today’s world poetry movement?
Sophia E.DiGonis: More than anything, I love it. Because being from Greek roots and raised an American, I feel like I fit in. The first time I find myself in a place where I have created a place in the world. With my poetry, I found a place to create my work and people understand it. Poetry is now a unifying force to help the people of the world find a deeper understanding of themselves, and each other, through each other.
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