In this episode Mark celebrates International Podcast Day, as well as the 8th anniversary of his website http://MarkThePoet.Me. Mark talks about what he loves about having his own podcast, what he loves to talk about and share, and why he loves listening to podcasts on a wide-variety of subjects and topics in general.
People come and people go. People love me and then they leave me (or they say they love me). People think they know me, people have thought that they could take advantage of me. But do you know what has never left me? What has always inspired me? What has never lied to me? Poetry. I have written poetry on planes, on trains, on buses, in beds, in different countries - and though there are some poems I would never choose to write again, poems that I have written for people that I now regret - that is life. Poetry is my voice, Poetry is my escape, Poetry means more to me than I could put into words - and to be honest if I have written a poem for someone that means that that person meant something profound to me, but not everybody understands that about me or perhaps does not care. Things happen for a reason. I am not perfect - but no one is. Choices are made, things are said - but life goes on. People can hurt us and move on from us - but if a poet like me has any magic to them and to their words, then we, I, can never be forgotten; people can try to forget us and make believe that we didn't have any effect on them, but in the end the truth never dies - because it is written into the poetry of life. I don't forget and I never will. Thank god I am a good person and an ok poet - because if I were to write about everything I have done and everyone I have met then who knows what poetic justice I could meet out. But, looking back, now I realise where I went wrong and who people whom I have met truly are. Time and experience is fascinating and inspiring! 😊
I feel like I have just awoken
from a ten year long dream...
I feel like I have just spent a decade
being inspired, inspiring,
and embodying the spirit
of the God of Poetry...
I feel like all the drama
that came before has been washed away...
I feel like I have stepped through a door
and out into the world of a brand new day -
but one that does not resemble
all that have come before in any way...
I feel like I have emerged and arisen
from a shell wherein which I grew
and I matured into who and what I am now...
I feel like I can now be something
and someone I could not have been in the past...
I feel like I am now unchained...
I feel like from now on
I will not be mind-tricked by those
who see me as a means to an end...
I feel like the pieces of life's puzzle
are once again moving to create a new picture...
I feel like I am traveling towards
something that will redefine my life
and build the reality of my future...
I feel like I can take a step back at the same time that I take a step forwards
and at any given moment plant new roots
and at the same that I grow new leaves,
apples, and flowers upon the branches
of my ever-changing muse tree...
I feel like I can hear the voice of the divine
telling me that everything is going to be fine
and that one day once again I will find
the inspiration that will add to the life's work
of the eternal God of Poetry.
My new poetry collection 'POET of the Multiverse' is Out Now and available to buy in paperback and as an ebook for Kindle from Amazon! This collection of poems, all written by me, is a poetic reflection of myself, of my journey as a poet, as a writer, as an author, as a son, as a brother, as an optimist, as a dreamer over the last 10 years, as well as being a celebration of life, the universe, and the infinite possibilities that can follow after taking a leap of faith, a leap of love, and a leap of imagination into the unknown.
You can get a copy of my new book 'POET of the Multiverse' from Amazon.com and Amazon UK!
Happy reading! ☺
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It is my great pleasure to be able to once again announce the publication of a new book of my poetry, entitled... POET of the Multiverse! POET of the Multiverse is a collection of poems - some that can be found on MarkThePoet.Me, some that can only be found exclusively within the pages of my new book, and one or two that you may only have read if have a copy of my first poetry collection Poet of the Sphere.
The intention of the poems within POET of the Multiverse is to be a celebration, of sorts. You see, it has been 10 years since I got my first book, Poet of the Sphere, published and my journey as a writer from then to now has been incredible, amazing, unbelievable, fulfilling, gratifying, and epic in so many ways. I have written 12 books since 2012 - filled with poetry, short-stories, novellas; however, no matter what I have written, poetry has always been my first love and the way that I choose to express myself and share the unfiltered inspiration within me.
Since 2022 marks the 10th anniversary of the publication of my first book I decided to put together a brand new collection of poems that I hope give people an insight into who I am as a person, as a poet, as a writer, at the same time reflecting upon the poetic journey that I have been on since I first became an author. And I hope that everybody enjoys reading every verse of the multitude of verses to be found within the poems of my new book, POET of the Multiverse.
The paperback version of POET of the Multiverse will be out soon, but if you cannot wait to get yourself a copy then you can get the ebook version right now for Kindle on Amazon: here
I hope you like what you read! ☺