Interview with Irene Brodsky

Interview with Irene Brodsky

Interview with Irene Brodsky

I am a 71 year old retired Professor of Philosophy. I have been writing books since 2001. Born and raised in Brooklyn New York, I used to sing in nightclubs, but I always loved libraries and bookstores. My books are my babies.

Karunesh Kumar Agrawal: Tell us about you and your background.

Irene Brodsky:  I am a 71 year old retired Professor of Philosophy.  I have been writing books since 2001.  Born and raised in Brooklyn New York,  I used  to sing in nightclubs, but I always loved libraries and bookstores. My books are my babies.  I hope they are welome everywhere.

 

Karunesh Kumar Agrawal: What inspires you to write poetry?

Irene Brodsky:  On 9/11/2001, I was inspired to write about the World Trade Center.  My Birthday was the same day.  It took 6 years to write my book and one year to find a publisher. The biggest problem was finding an honest publisher. My one and only favorite Poet is John Burroughs, Poet Laureat of Ohio.

 

Karunesh Kumar Agrawal: When did you start writing poetry?

Irene Brodsky:  My best accomplishment as a poet was the publication of my graduation day poem in the yearbook

 

Karunesh Kumar Agrawal: What is the measure of success as a poet?

Irene Brodsky:  The measure of success as a poet is when you get nice reviews. During my college years I was invited to be in a college poetry group that put on shows twice a year.  With a live audience !!!!!!

 

Karunesh Kumar Agrawal: What are common traps for aspiring writers?

Irene Brodsky: The BIGGEST trap for any writer is when they promise you will be on TV OR they offer to write the Book for you. 

 

Karunesh Kumar Agrawal: Which contemporary poets do you personally believe will be remembered in the coming years and why? 

Irene Brodsky: I am devoted to the poetry of John Burroughs, poet laureate of Ohio. He has a poetry theatre to showcase new poets, and he archived my work, in his Crisis Chronicles Journal.  He will surely be remembered for his kindness and for being a gentleman!!!

 

Karunesh Kumar Agrawal:  Fiction or non-fiction? Which is easier?

Irene Brodsky: Libraries say I write non fiction and freestyle. I also wrote one play about a Bachelor and Old maid and his mother !!! A very bossy mother !!!

 

Karunesh Kumar Agrawal: Your poems are based on your personal experience or other things such as facts? 

Irene Brodsky:  My poems are based on experiences which can be very emotional My heart is in this precious Book.

 

Karunesh Kumar Agrawal: What is your greatest fear?

Irene Brodsky:  My greatest fear is that we are losing too many book stores.

 

Karunesh Kumar Agrawal: Poetry Unplugged features many good poems. I want to know which one is your best and why?

Irene Brodsky:  My best poem is about the World Trade Center.  I called it The Tallest Twins In memory of the World Trade Center buildings 1 and 2.

 

Karunesh Kumar Agrawal: What is your favourite journey?

Irene Brodsky: My favorite journey was to The Catskill Mountains. Beauty beyond belief to take your breath away. I went every summer and then I went to the POCONO MOUNTAINS, Delaware Water Gap !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Must be heaven. Seeing is believing. Never forget. Always go back.

 

Karunesh Kumar Agrawal: What is your motivation for writing more?

Irene Brodsky:  I have to keep writing.  I am too old to give up. My next book is a children's book.

 

Karunesh Kumar Agrawal: Your experience of writing the poem "The Tallest Twins". Please express your feelings.

Irene Brodsky: My feeling about the World Trade Center on my birthday was that I must speak for those who could no longer speak. I wanted to create a new World Trade Center up in heaven where we could have that birthday party.!!!!!!!!

 

Karunesh Kumar Agrawal: Thank you very much Irene Brodsky. 

Irene Brodsky: A pleasure to talk about my baby...... Poetry Unplugged, my first book. Always in my heart.