Sunday, 22 June 2014

Joie de vivre in
the air, your shadow in my
heart - summer solstice.
Third and final day of the Blog Tour! Take a look at the wonderful preface that author Freya Pickard wrote for my poetry collection!
Wednesday Words – Preface to Interlacements
I was really honoured when Claudia Messelodi asked me to write a Preface for her third poetry collection, “Interlacements”. Instead of featuring a review, as I usually do at this point in a bite sized blog tour, I am, with permission, reproducing my Preface here.
Poetry is always personal.
It is personal for the poet who wrote it; a vital vent for emotion, a crucial expression for observation and inspiration.
It is also personal for the people who read it, who find a similar line of thought or expression of feeling that they themselves are experiencing.
Many poems leave me cold. Not so the poetry of Claudia Messelodi. Her poetry I can re-read over and over, each time finding something new.
Claudia’s first collection of poetry gave us a glimpse of the spiritual seen through nature. Her second collection explored the depths of emotion, particularly love. Now her third collection combines the observations of nature with not only her deep, personal feelings, but also the emotions of others.
Interlacements weaves its way through the mystery of nature, complex emotions of the human soul and simple thanksgiving. Each poem relates to another, nothing is out of place. From the short forms of haiku, elfje and renga, to the longer blank verses, Claudia takes us on a journey of the soul.
Witness the starlit majesty of the moon, plumb the depths of despair, hold your breath as she falls in love, be uplifted as she is comforted and passes that comfort onto others. Lyrical and honest, Interlacements is Claudia’s best collection of poetry so far.
© Freya Pickard 2014

Second day of Interlacement's Bite Sized Blog Tour at Dragonscale Clippings ( Here you can read one of my poems called "Honey"!
Wednesday Words – Excerpt from Interlacements
Within your lips,
soft light red petals,
the spring is concealed
out of which I want to sip
sweet smooth runny
filamentous nectar,
knead it through the regular
firm movements of my cheek,
so as to produce
warm tasty honey,
passionately flowing
into each other’s shrines -
curative, nutritious gold
for our senses -
skin to skin
mouth to mouth
I smell the fragrance
of a thousand flowers.
© Claudia Messelodi 2014

My poetry collection "Interlacements" was featured on Freya Pickard's blog "Dragonscale Clippings" ( in the past few weeks! I thank Freya so much for her support and appreciation of my work!!!

Here is the interview that was published in the first week of my Bite Sized Blog Tour. Please have a look!

Wednesday Words – Introducing Interlacements
Claudia Messelodi has recently brought out her third poetry collection, “Interlacements”. Today I am talking to her about what inspired her and why she wrote the poems in this collection.
I am inspired by everyday situations, new friendships, the relationship with my family and with colleagues; nature and the divine element also inspired me to write Interlacements. Interlacements reflects my personal life to a great extent; it unveils the relationship to myself, to the world and to the spiritual dimension, filtered through my eyes and emotions, through the different and sometimes most complicated and delicate moments in life.
Deep strong emotions, both positive and negative ones, often inspire me to write poetry. I have to be moved and profoundly touched in order to write, sometimes even by the smallest and most ordinary things, by memories, intense atmospheres: they simply trigger a flux of emotions inside my being, which, like a volcano eruption, burst out and find their ideal and final place on the blank page. It is a process that leads me to come to terms with my inner intertwined soulscapes.
Through Interlacements I would like to invite people to be more attentive and thoughtful about other human beings, our beloved ones and the world surrounding us, by trying to “put ourselves in other people’s shoes”, seeing things from different standpoints, so as to gain a wider perspective on life and its meaning, and become more tolerant and wholehearted. Furthermore, what I have learnt while writing Interlacements, is to be grateful towards my family, friends and the mystery of life.
© Freya Pickard 2014