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Ep. 5: Hats off for creativity

In the fifth episode my guest was Devika Mathur, a poet from India. She recently published her first book of surrealistic poetry called Crimson Skins, which was featured among my Erratic book Wednesdays reading recommendations, and has lots of other works available on her blog, social media and in various literary magazines. She’s also quite active in the writing community and curates a wonderful newsletter about poetry and mindfulness, so she was a joy to talk to.

We talked about poetry, the importance and often overlooked necessity of creativity and inspiration in our lives and of course, her book. She shared all about how she got started with surrealistic poetry and why that particular style, her writing process, where she finds inspiration and how she came to be a published author. We also talked about the place poetry holds in our society and how it has changed over the years, as well as some advice for new writers and artists. Devika even read one of her poems for this episode, so if you’re passionate about the creative process, this one is for you.

Come check out Devika’s work on her blog and social media and show her some love! You can also drop by at and share your thoughts on this episode.

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2 responses to “Ep. 5: Hats off for creativity”

  1. This was interesting. The link between happiness and writing poetry was particularly interesting. Because I write “humorous” children’s poetry, I can’t be sad when I write it. I would say that I need to be “open to discovery” as I write because I’m never sure what’s going to happen when I sit down to write a poem. The rhyme kind of leads me through the poem and oftentimes creates the characters.

    1. I figured you’d like this one! Yes, I agree it largely depends on the type of poetry (this definitely makes you the first happy poet I’ve met so far), but it’s probably because we feel a stronger need to share our emotions when we’re feeling bad, rather than when we’re feeling happy. Obviously sharing happiness is a thing too, but usually in a different way and most poetry is kind of existential… And that’s true for me as well, I never really know what’s going to come out when I get creative in any way, which is sort of the point. 😊 Thanks for listening!

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