Cendrine Marrouat was introduced in yesterday’s interview as co founder of Auroras & Blossoms Poetry Journal so I’d like to hop right into her interview now!
How has your writing changed over the years?
This year, I decided to release the second edition of Five Years and Counting: A Journey into the Mind of Soul Poetry, a collection I had originally published in 2010. I had to re-read the entire book, but I did it as if I was one of my readers.
The experience was very interesting. I noticed a sharp change in style. Of course, it has a lot to do with the fact that I am older and know what I want in life. The spirituality that animated my life is now fully part of me.
Furthermore I write haiku, my favorite form, 90% of the time now. This shift has forced me to focus on conciseness and simpler language. I say more with fewer words, which is a great thing!
Does your poetry and photography ever overlap?
They do, yes! I photograph things as a poet. I look at the stories I can document and compose my shots accordingly.
One of my books, When the Mind Travels: A Poetic Journey into Photography, is actually a mixed-media project featuring poetry and photography.
Do you have a favorite collection of your own?
What? Are you asking me to choose between my babies? 😉
I love my latest books. Walks: A Collection of Haiku is a series that pays homage to my love of haiku and invites readers to enjoy the fleeting moments that make life beautiful…
I released volumes 1 and 2 this year and would like to release two more volumes in 2020. It will depend on the time I have.
Aside from Haiku, what’s another form you enjoy writing in?
The poetry form I invented, which is based on the haiku. The Sixku (you pronounce it as ‘sis-ku’) is a six-word, untitled poem inspired by an image. Like the haiku, a reference to nature is encouraged, complete sentences and punctuation are optional. However, the past tense is allowed.
The sixku has three lines: Line 1 = idea 1 (one or two word(s)) Line 2 = idea 2 (two or three words) Line 3 = twist, surprise (remaining word(s))
Sixku are a fun challenge, especially if you know how to write traditional haiku.
More information about the sixku can be found on my blog: https://creativeramblings.com/sixku/.