Early on in my life I used to read a lot of poetry. I loved it, and of course I had much more time on my hands then. Maybe it appealed to me as something that could save my soul from demons, or maybe I just enjoyed the way the words could transport you to another place. But then life took a hold, my time became all the more precious and suddenly poetry seemed not as significant. At that time the poetry of rap music was more my thing. It was hard and fast, and you could spit it out with a kind of anger that I found cathartic! Recently though I've returned to poetry, and surprisingly I actually found that I missed it!
Winner of the 2016 Erbacce Press Prize Maria Castro Dominguez, is a poet who has compiled a wonderful book of poetry ' A Face in the Crowd'.
The first thing that attracts you to the book is the wonderfully designed cover by artist Pascale Gouverneur, however it is the poetry inside that is the real discovery.
The poems are short and penetrate surprising deeply, stirring up emotions and taking the reader on a lyrical journey that has the power to really touch the soul. Just in the same way that theatre can transport you away from the hectic reality, reading Maria Castro Dominguez's poems, you are enveloped and momentarily there is space.
Maria you have separated the book into three sections - does this refer to different sections of your life ?
The three sections refer to different life experiences. Points of view seen from an individual, plural and global perspective. The global face focuses particularly on the intangible such as memory, time, meanings, the process of creation, choices. I think every individual incorporates many dimensions into their reality, have different “stanzas” in their lives, this is what I try to evoke.
What role do you see poetry playing in today's fast & media saturated world.
I see poetry today as making us more human and fascinating, thus enriching us. As stirring the senses in a world which doesn´t even have time to look at people´s faces. As dissipating all the artificial barriers created by humankind, making us more accessible and exciting. Poetry I feel adapts well to our fast-paced life because of its concentrated form of communication, each word has a particular weight which lingers on after we have read it.
What are your plans for 2017
My next project will be to work on a prose poem in 5 acts incorporating different art forms. Also an anthology in two languages, Spanish and English.
The book is available to buy on Erbacce press website and http://mariacastrodominguez.com/