An author interview with Denis Brown

Denis Brown
Denis Brown

A Beautiful Mind Is Poetry Defined, brings you warmth, passion, heart, and more importantly storytelling in a refreshingly creative way.

The writer delves into the crux of what it means to be a human living in a turbulent and ever-pressing world. With humour in some of its undertones, this collection of poems comes from the unique inspirational mind of Denis Brown, who believes that poetry is the outward expression of an inward emotion.

Poetry is the inner voice that captures both jubilation and frustration, that wrestles with the enemies within. Whether angel or demons, your heart would sing. It’s the score of music of your life, filled with victories and filled with strife. It’s the silent chamber of your mind, where you as a person are defined.

With a deep sense of passion expressed in current topical issues and life in its entirety. His aim was to fan the flames of poetry once again. To release his inspiration, and energy into looking at life with new purpose new vigour, not just to take everything on the chin, but to stand up and be counted, to speak up and say, how he feels about his world today.

We are by far the most creative all of all the species known to man. There is nothing that we cannot do. This is what inspired me to write a book on poetry to be read by you. Thank you for hopefully touching your life in a real and wonderful way.

A book by Denis Brown

Where are you from?

I was born in Calcutta India back in 1960

Why do you write? 

Mainly because I would like to feel inspired, or have something to say on an issue, or a particular matter. Sometimes it’s driven from passion, frustration, even anger. It’s a means of expressing ourselves.

What do you write about? 

Nearly anything and everything, for instance the injustice of Harry Dunn the young lad who was knocked off his motorbike and killed. Ghislaine Maxwell, Jeffrey Epstein, Harvey Weinstein, Robert R. Kelly to name just a few. Churchill, Piers Morgan, Tara Arkle, Belly Mujinga… I also write about the bigger issues in life, like the Amazon Rainforest, or other Eco issues that we will soon be facing. For instance, “Permafrost” , The “Doomsday Glacier” that has recently been calved, A68a that has broken off and is putting eco systems at risk.

Do you have a specific writing style?

I have a mixture I would like to think. As I like light-hearted stuff as well. For instance, the W.H.O. is nothing short of being a white elephant in the 21st Century so I wrote it as a sketch to be performed as a comedy act. I also imagine what the future is likely to bring us, and that can be quite eerie. I’m not a prophet not would I claim to be one, but if you read some of my stuff, it will leave you questioning.

What are obstacles that come in the way of writing? 

Far too many to mention here, but just to give you an example. Prejudice, and set views will always remain at the top. Barriers like stigma, and taboo, even down to religion too is on the list. One of the greatest barriers is trying not to offend anyone give group within your audience. It’s nearly impossible. Especially if you’re a writer who shoots from the hip.

What’s the most memorable thing asked/said by a reader about your work?

When’s the next book coming out and let me know when it does!

How long have you been writing?

Since school, but I got more seriously into in my early twenties, thirties, forties, fifties and now sixties.

When did you first realize you wanted to become a writer?

Last year really, and it caught me off-guard to be honest. Some people find it very natural to just drift in and before you’re know it, they are writing for all of England. But for me it was weird. I found myself having to defend a poem that I had written because of a term that was used that people thought was in appropriate. This poem is called “Tick Tock“ and it is the first poem that I put out there first. It’s a super little poem that describe life in under 60 seconds and that is the challenge I gave myself when I wrote the piece.

What is your work schedule like when you are writing?

Chaotic, and scary because when inspiration comes you don’t get to press the snooze button so to speak or wrap your pillow around your head and say go away to it! It’s quite infuriating but you always feel better for having done it afterwards. Even if it’s at 02:30am in the morning.

What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

As Einstein once said imagination is better than knowledge, now here’s a guy who is really smart and I have got the greatest respect for the man. In fact, I wrote a short story that he’s in called the Philadelphia Experiment. It goes way further than the original film does. The other quirk is that I can literally write about anything. For example “Cardboard” is one of the poems in my book “A Beautiful Mind is Poetry Defined” “Hair” is hilarious!

How long does it take to write a book?

ABM = A Beautiful Mind is Poetry Defined, actually took 40 years of my life to research and less than a year to write from start to finish. ABM, is quietly sitting in the wings as with another project of mine that will take the world by storm.

Do you have suggestions on how to become a better writer?

Yes’, pay more attention in your English classes, and strive to be the best, look at what other writers are doing and get a sense of what the world is craving for at this time. I didn’t do any of that. I think it was down to arrogance and ignorance, coupled with an ego the size of a small planet, not even sure if stupidity is somewhere lurking in the background, at that is also likely. But, heck what a journey. Now I know what it means when they say out of the frying pan and into the fire!

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