I want to welcome David Russell back to my blog! David was here just a little over a year ago. First I’d love you to re-introduce yourself.
Tell us about your latest release.
It is a collection of erotic poetry and artwork, Sensual Rhapsody, self-published and available on Amazon.
Now I have a few questions for you – I have found readers do like to know fun things about us writers. And for my readers you’ll find these to be a new set. I had to come up with a second set of questions for those who wanted to come back and visit.
1.) Who is your favorite author? Do you feel you write like them?
Anais Nin is one of my favorites; I hope I write like her.
2.) What was your favorite book growing up?
The Castle by Franz Kafka
3.) Are you a plotter or a pantser and why did you choose that method?
I’m not sure what a pantser is. I am a poetic, painterly writer.
I’d say you’re a pantser because poetry isn’t something you would need to plot out. A pantser is someone who writes by the seat of their pants. They don’t use story boards or plot out their manuscripts. They Just write.
4.) Do you consider writing a career or a hobby? Why?
I have to consider it a hobby because of poor sales.
5.) What are you working on now?
A mythological, time-travel story.
6.) What one piece of advice would you like to pass on to an up and coming author?
Persevere, and face adversity bravely
7.) If you had the ability to time travel and your first visit was to see a younger version of yourself what would you say to that younger self?
I’d love it if you could take my hindsight on board.
8.) You just got a million dollars, whether it’s from an inheritance, the lottery, or a sweet book deal doesn’t matter. What would be the first thing you would buy for yourself?
9.) If you could un-invent one thing in the world what would it be?
10.) What is your favorite movie/TV Show? Why?
From Here to Eternity, because of the Beach Kiss
Bio: David Russell is a poet with an excellent command of language. In Sensual Rhapsody, he offers twenty-four poems accompanied by eighteen unique pastel illustrations to enhance his words. Russell's drawings remind me of the work of Gauguin and other well-known abstract artists; each depicting bodies in motion that mirror the fluidity of his poetry. The erotic theme is sustained by the presence of water and swimmers as a metaphor to the attraction of two people who are discovering each other.Although the poems are titled, the collection is so closely interwoven, it gives a feeling of one long prose poem. The book begins with That First Adventure as the narrator leads us through the emotions of first love, or at least a new love. I am enchanted by the images evoked by lines such as: "Framed in an idyllic memory" and "as the cloud-clad sun disrobed." And I especially liked Lyric, a three stanza rhyming poem and would have liked to see more done in this form. Both humor and suspense are found in Strip Card Game, the last poem in the book.
As with all poetry, Sensual Rhapsody is a book to be read again and again, discovering new food for thought with each reading. And with Russell's book, also finding new meaning in the unique illustrations that accompany his words.
My Goddesses and Muses
My goddesses and muses, gather now;
Embrace as sisters, stride in pride
Of jewels, luminous diaphanous silks –
Sisters – burn now in total strength;
Let me slough off the patriarchal dregs
That so oppress me too
Through all repression's sedentary rocks.
In glory, pride, flaunting the sun.
Disrobe as one – be joyous in your fire
display to me
your shining amazons’ corsets
Now draw together yearnings of centuries
Into one beauty.
Strip me in your lust to make me grow,
To be the sun, the earth, to flip the two as one.
Let now my deep succession be simultaneous in spirit!
Take me, draw me in
For our own luscious satiation
And writhe the world to health.