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The Earth is a Stage: Q&A with author Paul Henry Eboh

PAUL HENRY EBOH is an associate member of the International Society of Poets, USA, and a member of the Association of Nigerian Authors and the International Association of Aspiring Authors. His poems are emotive, lyrical, corrective, and full of encouragement. 

In our interview with the author, we will learn about his thoughts and experience as a poet…

How dear are poems to you?

When I was in primary school, we always got together to sing songs and record them, and recite poetry. I would then pay attention to the rhythm of each line and how each line flows into another. When you are reading poetry, it’s unedited inspiration packaged with natural and supernatural inspirations and aspirations. Poetry evokes emotions, a multisensory experience. Imagery, collocation, and connotation appeal to our sense of sight, rhythm, rhyme, and meter to sound whilst similes, metaphors, and poetic devices can combine several senses. I enjoy writing poetic meter, rhymes, allusion, alteration, apostrophes, assonance, and symbolism.

The poems would have a wonderful expressive quality if read by a professional reader. Is this true?

Poem reading typically takes place on a small stage in a café or the bookstore where multiple poets recite their work. Poems can be read by a professional reader at poetry events. More prominent poets or professional readers may be chosen as the “headliner” of such an event, and poets may take the stage at a bigger arena such as an amphitheater or college auditorium. 

In your opinion can you love a poem that says what you don’t want to hear?

Poetry is born out of inspiration. It may be a poetic dream, a visionary mechanism – an ingrained process to be very literal in communication and revelation which could be comprehended by taking side with the poet’s thoughts or vision in utilizing some lines of poetry deceitful in the context of language or the sense of ironical, paradoxical poems, incomprehensible with unbalanced interpretation. What you don’t want or dislike creates a chance for professional teachers to teach what you don’t assimilate in poetic dreams, visions, and revelations that sometimes are beyond human comprehension.

Can your poetry reach outside ideology?

Poems can get beyond ideology. It can be fantasy pieces that were beyond enigma. It can be inspirationally written to go beyond human ideology and explanation. Its et meme may go beyond human imagination. Modern poetry is always difficult to imagine now. Its rising figures were not just conservatives, but conservatives who galvanized poetry, aesthetic philosophy, and literal criticism. Poetry written with conscious and unconscious inspiration climbs above human ideology. It’s written in Esperanto,, exaggerated in purport to go beyond some level of human ideology. Poetry is a somewhat culturally relevant art form and is open to manifold aesthetic and socio-political perspectives. It has the dynamism to educate or school ideas and knowledge into man’s thoughts beyond his ideology. The basic element of my poetry includes meter, rhyme, rhythm, scheme, verses stanzas, and theme. These structural elements make poetry comprehensible.

In your poems are you having a conversation? If so, with whom? 

Conversation poetry is a style of poetry that addresses someone close to the poet in an informal way or to an audience in a theatre. Conversational poems can be written to distinct and indistinct audiences. The following structures can be found in my poems:

  1. Theatrical poetic dialogue
  2. Visionary verses
  3. Fantasy poetic conversation.

Is there anything that the poem cannot exist without?

Anything written is not a poem when it doesn’t have particular structural rules, and it does not adhere to formalized guidelines. If poems are not written in a set structure, it’s not poetry.

Do you think that poems need to rhyme?

The poem is a singular piece of poetry. Sometimes, poems don’t have to rhyme. They don’t have to fit any specific format, and they do not have to utilize any specific vocabulary or be of any specific topic or title. Rhyming seems to be phased out but not in modern poetry. Poets use rhyme in some poetry to convey information messages and emotion in their writing.

Does your poetry have a theme?

Yes! Themes are featured in poetry, a novel, or a work of art. It can be something more complex like human versus nature. When you write poetry to convey something of human experience, you can insert themes. The theme is a significant part of any work of poetry as it provides meaning to the poems. Themes connect the reader to a poet via the relatability of the message. Many themes are apparent in my poetry book-like “Ukulele” in The Earth is a Stage.

Has your poetry changed since you started writing?

After my university studies, my brain widened, and the tempo of writing poetry developed. Each day visions, dreams, and revelations of poetic verses emerge in fiction and non-fiction. I write young adult, adult, and children’s poems. The more you write poetry verses, the more your epic and epistemology increase. I have published a few poetry books, and one of them is enlisted in NECO/WAEC syllabus. I am a USA Poetry Ambassador and part of the American Poets and Writers’ Registry.

What would be your number one advice for someone who wants to start writing poetry but doesn’t know where to start?

Poetry comes inspirationally, through visions, fantasies, imaginary speculations, free-thinking, or as natural bestowment. Some people do not go to poetry schools to start writing poems. Some were born poets and novelists. New poem writers must read a variety of poets, old and new, for ideas on technique; attend poetry conferences, poetry competitions, and theatrical readings; write, rewrite, and submit to poetry editors for reviews…