When I think of the word, “romantic”, my mind immediately goes to N.R.Hart and her poetry. N.R.Hart is a poet who can say very much with very few words and the results are always deeply beautiful.
Poetry and Pearls, is a gorgeous book, each piece in the collection follows the style of Nancy’s biggest social media pages. By placing each of her poems on top of stunning backgrounds she has succeeded in adding a punch of visual beauty to the already beautiful words she has written. I say it again, the book is beautiful, and if I were writing about just the aesthetics of the book, I would consider Poetry and Pearls a success, but N.R.Hart could pen her poetry on a trash bag and it wouldn’t be any less gorgeous.
The woman writes love like love should be written, powerfully and full of soul. She writes about heartache and soul mates, and poetry itself, and how all of them are gorgeous in their own way. When you read Poetry and Pearls each piece takes you to a place you have been at some point in your life, or have wanted to be and they conjure up old feelings as well as new ones.
N.R.Hart is by far one of my favourite poets, and Poetry and Pearls is by far a favourite book of mine. Divided into seasons, each piece is placed thoughtfully in the book; a journey through new love and old, heartbreak and grief and the promise that love never truly dies.
If you love poetry and beauty, Poetry and Pearls is definitely a must read for you.
An Interview with N.R.Hart
1. Tell me about your book and what inspired it?
I have been writing poetry since I was young and my dream was to create and publish one of the most beautiful and romantic poetry books I possibly could. I wanted to give my readers a format to read my poetry to express their own thoughts and feelings when they could not find the words themselves. I am a lover not a fighter but I will always fight for love. I am a true romantic at heart and this reflects in my poetry. My hope is to continue to inspire my readers, fight for love and keep romance alive with my poetry.
2. What did you edit out of this book and we will see it in another?
What an appropriate question for me because when I first started organizing my poetry for my first book, I originally included over 400 poems! I was excited to collect my poetry and have it published in a book so it was easily accessible to the reader. But I ended up having to go back and edit out over half of the poems (about 250) which were removed to make the book smaller and more manageable. Since my poetry book is unique in the fact it is in full color and it includes all my original floral posters, it was costly to produce which drove the price of the book up. To keep publishing costs down and more importantly the cost of the book, I had to make it smaller but still a good size at 240 color pages of poetry. With my next book Volume 2, I will be including many of those poems which were omitted along with many of my new ones.
3. How old were you when you read your first poem?
I was 10 years old when I read “I carry your heart” by e.e.cummings which happens to be my favorite poet and his work has been a huge influence on me to this day.
4. How old were you when you wrote your first poem?
11 years old
5. What do poorly written poems have in common?
They lack authenticity and originality. To be relatable as a writer you must write from the depths of your soul and it must be the truest reflection of self for the reader to identify and believe what you have written. You must create your own identity, your own style, your own brand, to stand out from the rest.
6. What was the hardest piece you have written and why?
A piece called “A love like that”. It is about a love that you experience once in your lifetime and the cruel realization that you may never experience love like that again. It was very difficult for me to write but I knew I had to.
7. Favorite Literary Journals?
Poetry, American Poetry, Poets and Writers, Crazy Horse Review
8. Tell us about your process Pen and paper, computer, notebooks …how do you write?
I use all of them. I mainly use my journals for rough drafts of ideas, thoughts, scraps of paper, half-written poems, words, anything that pops in my head I write it down. I then use my iPad and computer to edit my poems and create the posters.
9. What kind of creative patterns routines or rituals do you have?
My routine is I write all day and night! Any time I have an idea I will jot it down and create a poem from that first thought. I visit coffee shops and book stores and write there for scenic inspiration. But mostly, I get ideas while driving and I write at night when it is quiet.
10. What is next for N.R.Hart? Working on many projects! I am in the middle of editing for my next book “Poetry and Pearls” Volume 2, and I am also currently working on a children’s book of poetry which I am very excited about. And, I hope to write a romance novel one day!
A true romantic at heart, N.R.Hart is determined to keep romance alive with her poetry. She wants to write about what people aren’t saying. She tries to capture all the thoughts that go on inside your head and the emotions your heart is feeling, and uses her poetry to express all the things you cannot find the words for. She tries to find the words for you. Her poetry expresses feelings of love, passion, despair, vulnerability and ultimately she remains a hopeful romantic when it comes to love. Her poetry has been so eloquently described as “words delicately placed inside a storm”. Her first book “Poetry and Pearls” Volume 1 was published in 2015 and is available on Amazon. She is excited to announce she is currently working on her second poetry book “Poetry and Pearls” volume 2, and she is also working on publishing a children’s book of poetry and a romance novel in the near future!
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