I am pleased to feature Poetess Sophie McKenzie. I had the pleasure of meeting this most talented lady at a book fair here on Grand Cayman. Her poems touched me deeply but what really blew me away was to hear her reading them with such passion and emotion, evoking a different feeling in each one.Treat yourself to a copy of The Heart’s Turmoil. You will find many of the poems will resonate with a situation in your life.
Tell us a bit about your background, Sophie~
I have lived in quite a few places, being born in Jamaica, attended college in the US, studied law at a school in Cayman and earned my post graduate diploma in London. I love to travel, meet new people and learn about different cultures.
What was your motivation to write The Heart’s Turmoil?
I started writing poetry back when I was in high school as a way to express my innermost feelings. I was shy and didn’t talk much, so I would write instead. I’d get lost in my writings and would spend hours in the library researching different poets. Writing love poetry is my passion and I love writing. My poems are about love and based on my own experiences with falling in love, heartbreak and passion. I didn’t plan to publish my poems which I had been writing since I was fourteen years old but realized I had over one hundred poems before my friends and family kept encouraging me to publish. I decided to publish to encourage others to follow their dreams and passions. I also felt like everyone can relate to being in love at some point in their lives.
Which is your favorite poem from your book and why?
My favourite poem is ‘Lost Without You’ as it is a very deep and personal poem to me. It is based on my own experience with heartbreak and breaking up with my first love. It was quite painful for me. It is a very relatable poem, as I know many can identify with this kind of loss and pain.
Can you share one of the poems from the book with us?
Watching you across the room
Makes me like a rose to bloom
Staring at your handsome face
Makes my heart begin to race
Watching you and seeing you smile
Makes me like a diamond shine
Staring into those beautiful brown eyes
Makes me heave up countless sighs
Watching you from afar
Makes me feel like a big bright star
Staring at your complexion smooth
Really puts me in the mood
Watching you with bated breath
Makes my heart begin to sweat
Staring at your great physique
Puts me at my highest peak
What I am thinking in my mind
Is that you are God’s greatest gift to mankind
So when you see me watching you
You know that my love for you is true
Do you have any future plans for another book?
Yes, I would like to write a book about relationships and men and what I have learnt from my experiences with them.
Where can readers purchase your book?
You can purchase The Hearts Turmoil on Amazon and my personal Create Space store
Create Space~ https://www.createspace.com/4546189
Follow Sophie on Facebook~ https://www.facebook.com/lovepoetess2?__mref=message_bubble
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