Monday, 4 August 2014

Poet and Writer Theolyn Cortens

This week, while I'm guest blogging for the CRIME READSERS ASSOCIATION, http://www.thecra.co.uk/2014/07/09/shamanism-nina-milton  we have a guest blogger here on Kitchen Table Writers. Theolyn Cortens is a writer, specializing in Angel spirituality. Theolyn's books about Angels have been translated into many languages and she also writes and runs  spiritual classes by post, internet and face-to-face, which  have been enjoyed by students around the world. Theolyn's teaching organisation, SoulSchool, was founded in 2000 and her courses are based on many years of personal mystical experience, as well as scholarly research. Theolyn also writes the most exquisite poetry. She is about to bring out a full collection of her works, so I asked her to tell us something about herself;


When my parents met – and had a brief war-time relationship – it was their love of Romantic poetry that helped fuel their romance. When my father returned to Canada to be de-mobbed he sent my mother A Treasury of Great Poems edited by Louis Untermeyer
Theolyn in Pembrokeshire
– a large blue book, rather like a bible, covering the earliest poetry up to the 1940’s when it was published. I read this book of obsessively from the age of nine and often heard my mother quoting from the great poets when she was washing up:
When I was small my mother quoted from the great poets
While standing at the kitchen sink:
‘There was a sound of revelry by night’, she said,
Or ‘Oh Wild West Wind, thou breath of Autumn’s being.’
She gave me the Golden Treasury of Verse
And nurtured me on Endymion
And ‘Balder the Beautiful is dead is dead.’
So the rhythm and musicality of poetry when it is spoken aloud, seems to be in my DNA! I find it comes naturally to me and after I learned to meditate in the 70’s I began to write poems that seemed to arise in my mind effortlessly. The topics that call to me are mystical, magical and mythological – stories that deal with deep passions and human dramas.
My mother still has her copy of the Treasury, now seventy years old, battered and stuck up with gaffa tape! Thanks to Amazon I was recently able to find my own copy of the very same edition, in excellent condition. Perhaps I have written one or two gems that can contribute to the store of treasures.
To celebrate my seventieth birthday I am publishing three collections of my poetry, written over the last forty years or so. Some of the poems were previously in print as pamphlets, but I have added more poems to Flowers from the Galaxy and Bone Woman – previously published as Baba YagaJason has not been published before. If you would like to be part of the kickstart project for the poems, click on the link; https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/317757864/theolyns-poetry-trilogy where you can listen to Theolyn reading from the works.
You can also go to  http://www.theolyn.com/poetry to read about the collections.

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