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OK, this time round, I am very happy to be sharing with you the news that Vijaya Gowrisankar has just launched a new book stuffed full to be the brim of delicious art and poetry galore.
I originally interviewed Vijaya about her previous poetry books, her passions and inspirations here:-
So, get ready for another extraordinary follow-up Author Interview, as we ask Vijaya candid questions about her new book and find out how she crafts her delightful, inspired poems.
Have a fantastic weekend folks and thanks for reading.
Hi there Vijaya, a pleasure to have you back here with us again to discuss your latest release and fourth book of poetry “Savour”, which is jam packed full of wonderful memorable poems and showcases fantastic art too that is full of rich detail.
What are the themes that unite “Savour” together and how did you approach preparing them for a collection? Did you have to remove any poems that did not fit into the core themes that you were exploring for this book?
Thank you, David, for your unconditional support. It is great to be conversing with you again.
“Savour – Art and Poetry meet” stands by its name. In November 2016, during my trip to Jaipur, Jaisalmer, and Jodhpur, I came across art galleries where art was a passion. The artists were receiving little appreciation, yet the love for art was clearly visible in their words and paintings. I wanted to publish a few arts in my third book Explore. While discussing this with my publisher, they suggested that I write a full book that unites art and poetry. I searched and reached out to artists. The artists who were aligned with my vision and were willing to contribute their work towards this attempt are featured in this book.
Savour is a book of ekphrastic poetry. I wrote poems after looking at the art work. I shared the poems with the artists. Yes, I discarded a few poems and wrote newer ones, when the artist voiced that the poem somehow did not fit their vision or the core theme of the art work.
Why is your latest book called “Savour”, what is the relevance to the poems and collection itself?
A great question, David. It is always difficult to find a title that suits the book, more so, when it is a book of poetry. Savour was not the original title of the book. I wrote the entire book, keeping a different title in mind. However, once the book was over, the title did not seem to resonate with the book. So, my publisher and I started brainstorming on the title. This is a book that will remain in the minds of the reader, even after they have closed it. I wanted the title to reflect that. Hence, “Savour” came into being. The thoughts linger long after the book is closed.
How does a poem begin for you? Does it start with an image, a form or a particular theme?
A tricky question (smile), David. Generally, a poem begins with a thought or a feeling or an image or a theme. It is different for each poem. In “Savour”, I have used 20 different poetry forms. Some poems began with the form in mind. E.g. The Elegy on page 57, against the painting of Mouth and Foot Painting Artist “Young Soo Kim”.
Are there any forms you haven’t tried yet but would like to?
Yes, there are many forms. Till date, I have written in only 20 forms. So, there are many forms that I would like to try. It must match with the theme; my thought and things should fall in place. The form should not look forced on the poem.
How important is accessibility of the meaning of your poems? Should we have to work hard to “solve” the poems and discover their deeper meanings?
A very apt question, David, for all readers of poetry. I want my poems to be very simple.
The general impression is “Poetry is hard”. I want to change that, in my poems. I ensure the language and themes are simple and easy to relate to, so that everyone can enjoy it.
The beauty of poetry is that the interpretation is left open to the reader. I firmly believe in that. A reader in the joyous phase of life may interpret a poem on waves differently than a reader who is facing struggles in life.
Has your own opinion or idea of what poetry is changed since you first started writing poetry?
For me, poetry was always about feelings and expressions. The underlying essence has not changed since I started writing poetry.
The poems have become more evolved as I learn nuances and new forms of poetry. The rawness is still there in Open Form, but in forms with rules, it is more polished and poised.
Did you do any specific research for this collection that differed from your previous poetry books that you have written?
I always question myself, “Why should a reader buy my book? What is different in this book from the previous book?”. This question keeps me grounded and helps me ensure that each book is different from the rest.
“Savour” is my first book of ekphrastic poetry. I reached out to many artists to share my vision with them. It took a while to get positive responses. Once, I had the paintings, I worked to ensure each poem fit my interpretation of the art work. I learnt different forms of poetry. At the end of the book, I realized I had written in 20 different forms of poetry and the poems were sounding great.
When you have done research for your books, is there anything that has surprised you or completely changed your world view after doing so?
Yes, I always feel a connect when I write poetry. When I read the poem, I often wonder “Did I write this?”. The divine connect I feel with my inner soul always surprises me.
Coordinating with all the artists, reaching out to many more, and the responses I received – both positive and negative, was a learning experience, during this book.
How did you decide which art pieces to include to complement your own poems?
Your question makes me smile, David. I just looked at the paintings of the artists and felt a sort of connection. I made a conscious attempt to ensure the theme of the paintings were not repetitive across the artists. I looked for variety, that would give me different themes to write my poems on.
What were the hardest parts of this book to write? And what were the easiest?
The hardest part was to keep faith when I received no response or negative responses from the artists. I am not so great at marketing, so that remains an area that I need to work on.
The easiest part was to write the poems. There were a few poems, that just fell in place. Like “Foundations” on page 25 against art work by Binal Mehta, “The twinkling innocence” on page 37 against art work by Deepa Gopinath, “Lost in your love” on page 121 against art work by Uma Bardhan, to name a few.
Who are some of your favorite poets and poems?
My favorite poems are “The Solitary Reaper” by William Wordsworth, and “If” by Rudyard Kipling. My favorite poets include William Wordsworth, Rudyard Kipling, Sarojini Naidu, Rabindranath Tagore; Hindi poets Subhadra Kumari Chauhan, and Ramdhari Singh Dinkar.
Finally, regarding your subsequent projects, will you be writing another poetry book or do you have other projects in the pipeline?
A tough question, David. I am writing a poem a day. I hope to write books in future and would love to do more collaboration with artists. The response for “Savour”, if positive, will be a huge encouragement for future collaborations. Let us see how things work out.
And once again, that’s a wrap! Thank you for stopping by, I’m sure that all us poets out there will be very impressed and inspired by all of your wonderful books, especially this one 🙂
It was wonderful talking to you. Thank you for this opportunity and your unconditional support.
Vijaya Gowrisankar has published 3 books of poems – Inspire in 2014, Reflect in 2016, and Explore in 2017. Inspire and Reflect have achieved Best Seller status. Her submissions have been published in Nancy Drew Anthology, Poetry Marathon Anthology, Sometimes Anyway: Pride in Poetry Volume II, Forwardian, Triadae Magazine, iWrite India, Dystenium Online, Taj Mahal Review, and Silver Birch Press.
She completed the Poetry Marathon 2016 (24 poems in 24 hours, 1 poem per hour). She completed her first novel in NaNoWriMo 2016. She has reviewed poetry and fiction books.
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You can read the original Author Interview that I did with Vijaya here:-
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Still want more? Well, Vijaya’s poems blossom with vibrant beauty even more, now that she has released artwork in a collection to complement them, a feast for both the eyes and the ears indeed. For more articles on the theme of ‘Blossom’ then check out the links from my fellow blogging colleagues below:-
1. Springtime – The Icognito Writer
2. blossom – erintypes
3. shame – The night of September twenty third
4. Poetry Out West – Craving
5. Relieved – What Wendy Writes
6. Mind Whack – awesomeloopy
7. Japanese Wh1spers – Blossom
8. First Day of Summer – The Chicken Grandma
9. puncture this paper heart. – jacey caitlyn speaks
10. My Mixed Blog – 2017 Peace Blossoms
11. Invisible Illnesses – Loop – Daily Prompt
12. Revive – a moment teller’s
13. Cahlas Tawkin – She used to call me “sugar blossom”…
14. I’m Not a Superhero, and That is Okay – Whole, Hearty, Happy
15. Lessons I learned from WordPress in absentia – thinkinkadia
16. witchlike – Midsummer Night’s Dream
17. Blossom in the Summer – Run and Travel
18. Tempermental – MAG Stories
19. This Summer – MyBlog
20. The many layers of Jen – Community = love
21. A Diary of A Single Man: A Father’s Day After Thought – Harlem Cafe
22. LynDurante.com – Be Yourself: Shine!
23. Adrian Video Image – Vlogging Restart, FZ2500 Power, Premiere Pro
24. A Lost Life – Kaleidoscope of my life
25. In order to BLOSSOM – Deep Ventilation
26. Sunday Devotion – Fearless
27. 26 Letters Poetry Blog – Flowers through Frost
28. Red’s Wrap – The Heart of a Father
29. A Texan’s View of Upstate New York – NNY Chinese Lantern Festival
30. Toortsie, Kameel en Bokbaaivygie se blog – In die oomblik wees
31. an uncorked bottle – Love it Now
32. When life gives you fruit… – My side of the force
33. logicaldreams – Short Story: It Started as a Little Bud
34. BE THE WISH – Rainbow
35. Despite – The Chaos Within
36. The Romantic Quill – WRITING CHRONICLE #21: The Liebster Blog Award
37. still life? – the Lamp, the Teacup and some Chaotic Overthinking
38. 2 Easy and Non-Toxic Ways to Control Pests in your Garden – deewrites4you
39. Mere Thoughts – The Blossom
40. What it Takes to Blossom – LifeBlog
41. We can’t find Scooter! – CD-W, Author Flawed to Perfection
42. NeuroBead – Trade offs
43. Een bloemetje voor al mijn Prachtige Volgers op mijn Social-Media – Groeten uit #Tienen
44. Day 7- Blossom: A rose by any other name – A Pondering Papaya
45. Got Goals? – Organising Life
46. human nature – Inherently Whimsical
47. Edelweiss and the Sound of Music… – Mum’s the Word Blog
48. My Balsams – mydailylife@kochi
49. Faded Bloom – Leigha Robbins
50. stumble upon serendipity – Strangers exchange
51. Blossom – Snapshots of Life
52. Haiku: Cherry Blossom – Quiver and Quill
53. Good Morning. – DeepikasRamblings
54. Lives In Stone – Night Rhythm
55. Blossom – Ashquill
56. Remind me – Just a Written Thought
57. Spring from the Garden – The One Scripturient
58. What Blossoms Wakefulness? – Daily Brain Bits
59. Two websites with quick and creative ideas. – Karyn’s Domain
60. Daily Prompt; Blossom – tnkerr-Writing Prompts and Practice
61. Positivity Post – Humor in the Little Things – Positively Un-broken
62. Yemen Blossom – America For Yemen
63. The Past and The Future – The Foxy Igorota
64. Maturity – Daily Prompt (Blossom) – A K Rockwell
65. I is intellectual – Hannah’s Happenings!
66. Anna’s Camino: Day 19 – Burgos to Hontanas – Compass & Quill
67. She Blossoms – Blissfully Bianca
68. Beautiful Blossoms – The Hockey Mom Fit Life
69. helen meikle’s scribblefest – Daily prompt: Nah, not in the mood
70. Hurdles & Girdles – Cheers to the Kernel
71. Netdancer’s Musings – Blossom
72. Butterfly Garden Plans – How to Attract Butterflies & Birds – Cottage Garden Living
73. Blossom – wordsareallihavesite
74. ~168 Of 365~ – ……….365 Days………..
75. Blossom – More Than Just Me
76. Blossom – bingqiao
77. Blossom – calliemm
78. Finding Hope Ness – Sickening
79. What’s happening in our society today: – Storysite
80. It’s All in Finding the Right Words – The Blossoming of a New Hobby
81. It’s Not All Cacti And Cream – christinapociask
82. My Simple Blog – Blossom
83. juantetcts – Blossom
84. A Kinder Love – andsoitisborn
85. 13 Reasons Why I Live the Lives of Others – SoMuchToTellYou
86. Beautiful Girl – Inner Whispers
87. The Blossom Is A Promise – THE SKY’S THE LIMIT
88. Scottish Legend’s Blog – Six months have gone by so fast
89. XingfuMama – Peach Blossom Village
90. y – one rarely feels
91. The Shower of Blessings – Bees and Butterflies in My Garden
92. Education Confined – Debbie Gravett
93. The Forest – The Middle The End The Start
94. Nada today – The Mind of Nox
95. Ouch!! My back hurts!! – Silent Sunday … Blossom Focus!
96. Urban Poetry Where Legends Live in Words. A Digital Art & Poetry WordPress By Linda J. Wolff Free Verse – Paradox of Complexities
97. Life On The Skinny Branches – Blossom in the Raw
98. Jibber Jabber with Sue – Lakeview
99. Mourning dove squabs fledged from the rose arbor nest – Bird Flight
100. Telling the Truth – blossoming like a rose
101. A gaggle of confusing traffic signs – Your Nibbled News – 2017 YNN
102. Blossoming – Blossoming
103. Blossom – Book Meets Girl
104. prakratii – Blossoming Love
105. Clematis Bower – genusrosa
106. Blind To Blossoms – Dream Desire Achieve
107. Where Hope Sits – Sumyanna Writes
108. Moonlight Reflections – Orange Blossom Special
109. GOD’S CHAIR – Blossoms from Bruised Roots
110. There’s No Such thing as an Ugly Flower – christinapociask
111. Days of Murky Politics – A lot from Lydia
112. Blossom- The legacy you leave behind – Optimistic Odyssey
113. I DON’T HAVE MY BABY’S LAUGHTER – Grief Poetry
114. I AM – Wings Of Poetry
115. Quiet, mommy’s show is on – Swell Time
116. Exploring the World around us – Blossom
117. Fingers and Toes … – jansten56
118. Bloom into Night – S. Thomas Summers
119. Spring on the Garden of Europe – Journeys of Len
120. Po’ Girl Shines – Blossom
121. SERENDIPITY – OH! THE FLOWERS THAT BLOOM IN THE SPRING (TRA LA) …
122. Let Them Be – Wind Kisses
123. life is great despite its troubles – blossom and the crazy street band
124. Blossom – epiphanyofsumi
125. Phoenix Grey – Blossom
126. Blossom… – Cyranny’s cove
127. Lovely Lilies – the perfect wedding bouquet blossom! – BeCre8ive’s Blog
128. Branching Out – Daily Prompting a Blossom
129. Blossom around you… – Likhitha
130. Secret Life of a Book Blogger Tag – The Mundane Teenage Life
131. Blossom – The Inkwell
132. Zombie Flamingos – Caturday in the Kitchen!
133. Blossom: The Daily Prompt – Hashtag Handsome
134. Blossoms of My Life – Kindred Kottage
135. Blossom – Kerrstee
136. Mainline_Matter – Bumble Bee Approved Blossom
137. Parasite to Pearl
138. Let me take blossom wherever you may place me as potted… – cries from an unkempt garden
139. Forever Bloom and Blossom (Daily Word Prompt is Blossom) – My Loud Bipolar Whispers
140. Notes to Women – The Declaration
141. Blossom – Community Soulwork
142. My Housemate’s a Mermaid – Mess With My Garden, Mess With Me.
143. Your turn to Blossom… – A Place to learn and grow together
144. Blossom – The Bag Lady
145. Remix #1 – Live life; make meaning.
146. Blossom – All About Writing and more
147. Nature & Travel Pix – Daily prompt : Blossom
148. Cherry Blossom – THEGIRLVERSUSWORLD
149. The Brown Session… – Not so dark after all!!
150. Relax – You say “potahto”
151. Na’ama Yehuda – Blossom
152. Following Him Beside Still Waters – Beautiful Blossoms
153. Musings of a Random Mind – Dandelion Poem
154. Apollo and Hyacinth – Around the World
155. Original-Dante – Bye ()
156. Spears in the Blossom – One Stone Away…
157. Blossoms… – I’m a Writer, Yes, I Am!
158. Nature’s Canvas – E. Denise Billups, Writer
159. slideaways – In Meditation
160. Martha L Shaw – Thank You Father!
161. Blossoms of love…/Suzhalgal
162. Success Inspirers World – She begins to blossom
163. Blossom – Water….simply said
164. Fiction Flowers – Melinda J. Irvine
165. Giggles & Tales – She Blossoms With Warmth…
166. Walk with God – What Will Blossom?
167. Flowers and Breezes – Blossom
168. When He Needed Me, I Let Him Down – Staci Roilo
169. KO Rural Mad As Hell Blog – blossom
170. Science Traveler – Bonsai and Penjing – Little Bits of Japan and China Alive in Washington DC
171. Hot White Snow – Midnight on the Cusp of Spring
172. To get across an idea. – Wells Baum
173. Dronstad – Circles
174. 3 Haiku/Portulaca – 25more
175. Mother Nature’s Creation – Living, Learning and Letting Go
176. The……. – emotionsoflife2016
177. Orange blossom – citySonnet
178. The Cat Chronicles – Daily Feline Prompt: No Blossoms for Felines
179. Blossom Nomads Wander… – Nomadchasingwaterfalls
180. To Dreams! – Emotions That Matter.
181. The Daily Post – Blossom – What’s up DP???
182. The scintillator – Chiseled
183. Riverdale – Site Title
184. 200th Post! – Zeckrombryan
185. Blossom poem – citySonnet
186. Light Words – Daily Post Blossom Canna Lilly
187. Precious and Gold – Yourdeevibes
188. Einstein Did Not Win the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1921 For His Theory of Relativity – This and That
189. Chronicles of an Anglo Swiss – Once There Were Blossoms
190. Hope and A Future – Authentic Woman
191. Wilderness flower – World Imagined
192. Curious Hart – Blossom Trail
193. Blossoms – citySonnet
194. The Grey-Haired – Life After Fifty
195. Blossom – Image & Word
196. Wall Of Love- Grenfell Tower – Smell The Coffee
197. Guilty of Involuntary Manslaughter for texting that ends in suicide – Law Offices of Michaella Levandoski, PLLC
198. VirtuousParagon – The Affect of Effect
199. Piper’s Adventures – Blossoming of the Soul
200. Breaking News; The French Are Behind US Election Hacking Attempts – The Jittery Goat
201. Piper’s Adventures – Honeysuckle in the Spring
202. Crushed Blossoms – Ripples N Reflections
203. The Day Project – New Life Rising
204. Cookies & Moo – The Garden
205. Symphonies From A Mental Asylum…. #4 – Thunder Poet
206. I’m DONE! Why I’m Done Striving for Perfection and Instead, Casting My Burdens on Him (bible journal) – Adventures of a Busy Mom
207. Piper’s Adventures – Apple Blossom
208. Charmed Chaos – Haiku #17: Sun & Moon
209. Blossom – Ellen Grace Olinger – Haiku Art Site
210. 7 Essential Steps To Busting Career Barriers…– Success Strategies
211. thelonerose – A name
212. This Moment – 41 and Counting….
213. Romanticism Blossomed – Revolving Around Life
214. Blossom the Possum – The Jittery Goat
215. 7 Steps To Bust Career Barriers… – Success Strategies
216. Report from the Castle Steps – nosaintaugustine
217. Giggles & Tales – The Daily Prompt – Blossom!
218. Be All You Can Be – ~From Life To Shereen~
219. Haibun: For London – whippetwisdom.com
220. Blossom – A Sawyer’s Daughter
221. Blossom – My little storybook
222. sonja benskin mesher – .the little pathways.
223. Haiku: Bird Song – whippetwisdom.com
224. From Whom All Blossoms Flow – As I was saying…
225. My Unnoticed Friends – The Diary of a Weird Teen Boy
226. Photography – Combretum indicum – The Diary of a Weird Teen Boy
227. Pencil Color Portrait #1 – The Diary of a Weird Teen Boy
228. the15thday – paging dr former-teen-tv-star, stat (!)
229. Rubatosis – Imaginateweb
230. The Other Stuff – Follow
231. By the swimming pool – Redux Of Rex
232. Awesome Blossom – mslazyboots
233. Mad Dogs and Englishmen – Back On The Grid
234. Poems and Petals – Blossoms
235. Simply by moving 500 miles……… ⋆ Obsolete Childhood
236. Blossom – aroused
237. Blossom: Ali, Ali, Quite Doolally: See How Your Garden Grows! – Chronicles of an Orange-Haired Woman!
238. Cherries!! – Reactionary Tales
239. Frank Prem – harbinger
240. Muse of the Day – Everyday Strange
241. Frank Prem – an avian reminder of cold
242. Frank Prem – evidence to the commission of enquiry #1 overview
243. He’ll Be Apples Mate – By Sarah