JoeyPinkney.com Exclusive Interview
5 Minutes, 5 Questions With…
Rosemarie Wilson, author of One Single Rose… Poetry Blossomed from a Rose Core
(Aardvark Global Publishing)
One Single Rose… Poetry Blossomed from a Rose Core is a poetry collection about being single, kissing a few frogs before you meet your prince or princess, living, learning and loving yourself. Every character contained therein was typed and written by yours truly, self-published and distributed from my heart and my hands.
After having experienced heartache in 2005, I began writing as a woman scorned with my first poem entitled “Travel and Labor.” As I wrote a few more poems in that vein, I was able to let go of the past and found strength to motivate myself so that I could perhaps motivate others. By doing so, “Can’t = Won’t”, “Love You” and “Don’t Let Anything or Anyone Steal Your Joy” were born.
The inspiration behind these poems comes from three very important lessons that I learned as a child: 1. If you say you canâ€™t, you wonâ€™t! 2. Love comes from within and spreads to others–love you, no matter what! Big, tall, short or small, love you! 3. If you let others steal your joy, they have more control of your life than you do. Each one of us holds the keys to unlock our destiny. We are all winners! Embrace positivity and let negativity push you forward to greatness.
Joey Pinkney: Where did you get the idea and inspiration to write One Single Rose?
Rosemarie Wilson: One Single Rose evolved as a result of being single and becoming involved in ruthless dating games with dishonest men although genuine gentleman suitors reared their beautiful heads from time to time. After releasing the anger via â€œTravel and Laborâ€, my energy was focused on healing my soul so that I could make better choices for myself and others without falling into the same dating traps.
JP: What sets One Single Rose apart from other collections of poetry?
RW: One Single Rose is different from any other collection of poetry as it takes the reader through three stages of lifeâ€”learning, living and loving. We begin learning at an early age; that tutelage is taken into our lives wherein we learn to love ourselves and we give love to others with hopes of becoming the recipient of same. What do those three â€œLâ€ words mean to you?
JP: As an author, which poets influenced your style? Who did you use as a point of reference for your poetry?
RW: William Shakespeare and Edgar Allan Poeâ€™s poetic prowess created the framework for modern poetry. Maya Angelouâ€™s expressions paint vivid pictures. I have the utmost respect for anything she pens. The points of reference for One Single Rose are real life and fidelity.
JP: What information do you have for aspiring poets who are looking to publish their creations?
RW: Aspiring poets, keep your pen and paper handy so that youâ€™ll be ready when youâ€™re inspired to write! If pen and paper is considered old school in our age of technological advances, pick up your Blackberry and send yourself an e-mail or make a voice note.
To anyone wishing to self-publish your work, JUST DO IT! Nothing beats a failure but to try, and if you tell yourself you canâ€™t, you wonâ€™t! If you surround yourself with positive people and energy and push yourself into greatness, all things are possible. Once you reach the first goal, set another . . . when you reach the second goal, set a third and let that cycle continue.
JP: What’s next for Rosemarie Wilson?
RW: Rosemarie Wilson is currently writing the second installment to One Single Rose. Iâ€™m also enjoying singing in the Detroit area at different events and becoming involved with the spoken word. I hope to begin writing songs for different artists and poetry for various events. The sky is the limit and Iâ€™m shooting for the stars!