Today we talk about Poems, a book by Finn, published with our publishing house Europe Books.
Europe Books had the pleasure of interviewing the author Finn, to get to know him better, where he found the inspiration to write his collection of Poems, as well as what it meant for him to talk about his inner world through poems.
Below you can find our interview. Take a seat and enjoy your reading!!!
- Where did you find the inspiration to write this collection of poems?
When I wrote these poems the world was in the middle of a global pandemic; the feeling of isolation, personally, was not uncommon. However, many distraught and hateful feelings came when I saw what was happening to our society and the amount of hate crimes committed, since none of the people I was around seemed to care I decided to put it all on paper. Leading to me just expressing my feelings about everyday life circumstances. In a way I’d say it’s not really “inspiration” to write, because most of the things that are currently happening to the world are just infuriating, and I wanted to give my opinion on some of them.
- What are your poems about?
Mainly about problems that I suddenly get dragged into. I never really meant to write so much about my mental state, my family, my conflicts and such; however, when I was writing these poems, I never really thought of creating them into a book, thus just venting about my own feelings seemed like the easiest thing to do. I also include my opinion of how society treats people like me, that are: women, LGBTQIA+, of different ethnicities and such. One ongoing theme within the poems is my connection with my generation; Generation Z/GenZ/Zoomers. Since I believe that a lot of feelings that I portray in my writing are experienced by many people in my generation, which is mainly known through the connections made through social media – now I feel like making these connections with others is able to bring us closer together, which could even accelerate our search for equality and better opportunities.
- What would you like to hear from your readers?
Personally, I want to be able to support others, send the message that “we are not alone” and “we are here for you”, though I understand that most of my poems are not the happiest, I want people to understand that crying is healthy and can help with emotional blockage. I’d like to hear from the readers what I’ve always wished to tell the people who have helped me move through very tough situations in my life, and to me that is a simple “thank you”. I want to help people get through tough places, I want to help them get help, I want to be there as they finally get to move on. Above all, I want people to realize that we’ll always have each other’s backs, because no matter what we’re all human. No matter the gender identity, sexuality, religion, culture, race, preferences and more. I want to spread unconditional love around the globe, and help those who need it.
- What did it mean for you to talk about your inner world through poems?
It meant everything, being able to write all of the words that I couldn’t just shout out loud was a way to finally rid myself of the guilt of carrying these troubling thoughts. I mean, being an overthinker, toxic thoughts will always come back, making me question if I’m really doing the right thing and if anyone actually cares about what I think. However, this gives me the opportunity to share with others who have lived or are currently living through very hard situations my experience, hopefully giving me a chance to help others too. This will also give me the opportunity to engage more with my own creativity, being able to create certain scenarios outside of my daily life, though my next book ideas may not be in the form of poetry. I want them to still evoke feelings of reassurance with my audience.
- Are you working on a new writing project you can tell us about?
I have actually been planning my next book for three years now, and have actually shared this idea with some of my friends, who in exchange had told me that it will make future generations hate me due to its complexity. However, as much as I don’t want to reveal too much about the project, I can say with all certainty that it will not be in the form of a poem, which was to be expected due to my last answer. This book idea is about how much people actually know about our displayed persona, and how we actually are. Since this has been something I have personally dealt with throughout most of my life, how much people know about me? How well do I know myself? It will take the reader through quite a surreal trip to the depths of our own minds and make us question ourselves, because what’s the point in questioning myself if I cannot bring others with me.
Europe Books thanks the author Finn once again for taking the time and answering our questions. We are really pleased to have walked alongside him on the editorial path that led to the publication of his book Poems. We wish him the best of luck for his book and for his future works.
To you, my dear reader, I wish this book makes you reflect on the importance of helping each other without considering the differences between one and the other. We help those who need it for the pure pleasure of doing it and without expecting anything in return.
So, my dear reader, all I have to say is to enjoy your reading!