Timeless Chatter Between the Heart and Mind
I have a thing for signed books, especially poetry books, so when I saw that Jay Long had signed copies of Timeless Chatter Between the Heart and Mind available on his site I had to buy one, and I am so pleased that I did.
I’ve been a fan of Jay’s since I was introduced to his poetry page by a mutual friend over a year ago now, he writes heartache and hope, love and loss, inspiration and desperation all so effortlessly that you just know the man has lived each word he has written, and Timeless Chatter is ripe with his wisdom.
Readers will connect with almost every piece in this book, whether they have lived with pain or hope, love or loss, Timeless Chatter has something for everyone, and Jay leaves little room for regret in his work, and he leaves the reader feeling that they too should have little room for regret in their lives, everything is but a lesson, and wisdom can be gained from those lessons, and most definitely from this book.
Jay Long is a true wordsmith at the top of his craft, and I would recommend this book to everyone, be they poetry lovers or not, this is a book that will impress even the hardest cynics and most cynical critics.
I can’t wait to see what Jay Long brings out next.
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Interview with Jay Long, Author of
Timeless Chatter Between the Heart and Mind
1. Tell us about your book and what inspired it.
Timeless Chatter Between the Heart and Mind is my first collection of poetry and prose. The title is representative of the constant struggle that goes on within us between what the heart wants and what the mind thinks we should have. It’s over 200 select pieces that seem to capture the beauty and sadness of love, life and loss.
2. Do you remember the first poem you ever read?
I can’t say I remember the first poem I ever read, but I can tell you Robert Frost’s ‘The Road Not Taken’ was the first one that hit me and stayed with me and stirred the creative juices.
3. How old were you when you wrote your first poem?
That’s another hard one to pinpoint but I know it was in grammar school, probably 5th or 6th grade.
4. What does “being creative” mean to you?
Being creative to me doesn’t necessarily mean ‘doing’ anything. I feel creative people just are. For me it’s an individual’s passion that makes them original and unique in their creativeness. Yes, it can be learned, but if deep down you aren’t a creative spirit, the flame will never be lit to ignite that passion.
5. Do you Google yourself?
I have and often do. Not because of any type of ego thing, but because I like to keep track on where others are finding me. I spent 15 years as a web designer and internet marketer, so I guess it’s still in me somewhat.
6. What do poorly written poems have in common?
Lack of depth. Most writing that I consider poorly done doesn’t have real emotion. It’s as if the writer simply mailed the idea in. Words can have a powerful impact when the right ones are strung together. The opposite is also true when the wrong ones are as well.
7. If you could offer one piece of advice to aspiring writers what would it be?
I like to think of being a writer as a badge of courage. It takes a certain type of person capable of exposing themselves to the world. To really pull back the layers and let others inside. We all have a story to tell, so don’t be afraid to share it but you can’t rush it. Words are timeless, it’s the story and how those words make someone feel that will remain. Writing is an art, and should be treated as such.
8. How do you handle poor reviews?
I usually digest what the person has said, quickly go over any negative criticism they may have included and move on. Writing, especially poetry, is completely subjective. Not everyone will like what I write but thankfully, the majority who have, do. I feel in a way, the occasional bad review, helps to legitimize the good ones.
9. If you could only read one book for the rest of your life, what book would it be?
The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
10. What are you reading now?
I am reading 11/22/63 by Stephen King. Basically it’s about a guy who goes back in time to try and prevent the JFK assassination.
Jay Long is an author, poet and natural story teller. Growing up in Hudson Valley area of New York has afforded him the pleasure of finding his creative voice from some of the most beautiful settings within the Northeast. Story telling, expressing feelings through words, and making people laugh are what Jay does best. He believes hearing someone laugh feeds the soul and is always humbled when others tell him they connect with his words or they have helped someone heal. His first book of poetry and prose is available now through his website Jay Long Writes . You can join Jay on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. If you’d like to hear spoken versions of some of Jay’s work, you can subscribe to his YouTube channel.