Truetry: Poetic Conversations Blog Tour with Don Savant

image1(1)Interview with Don Savant

 

  1. How did you get into poetry writing?

 

When I was in the 7th grade, my English teacher had a project for us. There were 3 options. One was to read a book and do write a book report about it. The 2nd option was to do a poster board presentation. The 3rd was to write a senses poem. I opted for the 3rd because it seemed easier and at the point in my life academically, easy was great! I didn’t even like poetry at the time. After I wrote it, my teacher raved about it, said it was one of the best she’d ever read and encouraged me to lok more into the craft. That’s where my love for poetry was born.

 

  1. Tell us about your first published book.

 

My first published book came about due to some people who were there to encourage me when I needed it the most. I don’t tell this story much but it’s a part of my testimony so I will begin to share it more often.

 

There was a point in my life when nothing was going right at all to the point where thoughts of suicide weighed heavy on me. I’d started posting online in the forums on the TP website. There were a couple of people that reached out to me from there one of whom stayed with me. She’d googled my name and found my work, encouraging me to have my work published. She gave me the title for my first book; Don Savant’s Book of Poems, Sonnets and Vows for Relationships and Weddings.

 

The second part to that is, a gentleman came into my workplace about 2 weeks after I was given this title and told me he’d just had a book published and needed to know who to contact to see if we could offer it among our book selection. I was led to talk to him about his publisher and he encouraged me to submit my work to them so that day, I went home, pulled some poems from the collections of chapbooks that I’d written, submitted and a few months later, my first published book was born.

 

  1. What is your motivation behind your pen?

 

My motivation is a combination of life, love, hope, faith and inspiration. If it makes me smile, I write about it. If it makes me cry, I write about it. If I don’t understand it, I write about it and if I want to know more about it, I write about it.

 

  1. Are you able to write anytime, anywhere? How?

 

If I can get a quiet moment, I can write. I’m an observer and a thinker. There is constantly something churning though my mind and what I do is I take those thoughts, those questions and I turn them into ideas and try my best to make poetry out of it. I like to say that I am inspired by the wind as it blows across my mind, daring me to take hold of the things that travel with it.

 

  1. Tell us about your current book Truetry: Poetic Conversation. How did this book come about? What can readers expect?

 

Whenever I’m working on a project; writing its contents, there are always some pieces that I feel may not fit the vibe of what I’m doing at that time. When this happens, I’ll start a new folder in my computer and that’s where those poems will go. Truetry came about through that process because there is some personal truth in each poem that is contained within the book. The Poetic Conversations subtitle came by way of the feel I got when reading back over the work and the addition of the rants or conversations that are included called The Truth Of The Matter. Truetry was in my lineup of books to be released upon completion so that’s what I’ve been following.

 

  1. How do you market your books with poetry being such a hard genre to promote?

 

I use word of mouth for marketing purposes as much as possible. I’ve always firmly believed that if people are talking about it, then others will be curious about it and in turn will want to find out what all the talk is about. I also use different social media platforms to promote my work. I make memes for Instagram and Facebook. I will post poems, and of course share links to where my work is available. I also do videos occasionally and post them to YouTube so between Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Google Plus, my Blog and just recently Snapchat, I have it pretty well covered.

 

  1. What advice do you have for up and coming poetry writers?

 

The advice I would give is to stay true to your craft. Keep your integrity intact always. Know that everything you do is a process and that nothing ever happens overnight. If you want success in anything you have to be willing to have the right amount of faith, the right amount of patience, the right amount of will, put in the right amount of work (because there will be night when you can’t sleep until the work is done) and most importantly, you have to stay prayed up about it all.

 

  1. What can we expect from you in 2015?

 

Truetry is actually my second poetry release this year. I released Love Skies in April so there’s that and after Truetry, I have another collection that’s done… I’m just debating on which way I’d like to go with it. It’s a genre that I’m familiar with but haven’t quite let the public in on as of yet. We shall see. In the meantime, I plan to keep writing and see what gets done throughout the year. I’ve got to keep some things to myself so that’s all I’ll say.

 

  1. Can you give us a snippet of your up coming book?

 

Pride And Prejudice

 

We’ve lived

For some time now

In a world where

Men are

Proud to be…

Absent from

The lives of their children…

Content with

Barely scraping the bottom of

Life, in every aspect

Of their existence

Too proud to

Find someone

Who has

Been where they are

That

May be able to

Lend a hand up

To help them

Get to where

They need to be…

 

More concerned with

Catching the liquor store

Before it closes than

Showing up at

Their child’s

School function

To show them that

They have the support they require

At least in that way…

 

We live

In a world where

A man is STILL

Judged

By the color of his skin

And not

By the content

Of his character…

And I know that some

May lack in that area but

There are

No more valid excuses

As to

Why black men and women

Are still

Being persecuted…

Why they are

Still being

Knocked down and

Dragged out…

Passed up on and

Considered to be

Second class citizens

 

The ugliest part

Of these truths is that

So many of “us”

Accept

Where we are

 

So many of “us”

Allow “them”

To downplay our worth

To a point where

We feel

We’re really worth nothing at all…

 

And we do nothing to change…

 

The stains

That have been left

On our heritage…

With

So many

Tears shed and

So much blood lost

In the spirit of unity

 

But now…

It’s

Blood lost

And

Tears shed

Because we

Insist on

The continuance

Of the slaughter

Of our own people

By our own hands

And why?

 

Because

 

He’s wearing a

Certain color or

Because

She had something you wanted

But didn’t want to work for…

Or is it that

He “took”

Someone from you

That

Never wanted you

In the first place…

Whatever the case may be

We can never

Erase what has happened

But we do

Have the power to

Stop it from happening

Over

And over

Again

With

The absence of pride

Prejudice will start to

Fade away…

 

Not saying that

It will ever be

Nonexistent but

Just

Showing that

We can be

Other than what we’ve shamelessly

Put on display

For all to see…

 

And implementing

The necessary internal change…

Would go

A mighty long way

In the name of

Justice

And equality

Amongst ourselves

And others…

 

Amen?

 

 

1625590_10152306895989265_2083607164_nAbout the Author: Don Savant was born from the pages of poetry in the city of Spartanburg, SC. Already 25 years old at the time of his conception, he has grown into his love for poetry more and more with each year that has passed. With eight official collections of poetry under his belt as well as a number of anthologies, Don’s goal in literature is to spread love and truth through poetry until no more words can be spoken from his mind. With his poetic theme almost always revolving around love, he has been given the moniker, King of Love.

 

Don’s latest release is the poetry collection Love Skies. The paperback, alongside his other releases, including his Battle of the Sexes Anthologies and other From A Writers POV collaborations are available online at Barnes and Noble, Amazon and Lulu.com.

Savant has also written for From a Writers POV Magazine, PEN’Ashe Magazine and So FYH Magazine.

 

Don Savant can be found on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google Plus, and Pinterest. You may also visit his YouTube page and view his book trailers.

 

Follow Don Savant and keep up with his ever-changing but always love-filled thoughts at: www.donsavant.info

 

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Truetry Cover-1About the Book: The truth of the matter is, some of the things we go through in our lives are too often left unsaid. The people we love, the situations we face and a lot of the thoughts that go through our minds are conversations that are never vocalized in any way. Truetry: Poetic Conversations is just that. It is life presented as poetry that addresses a lot of personal issues that Don Savant has faced in his lifetime, along with some that are relative to others.

 

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