Treasuring Poetry – Meet multi-genre author and poet, Patricia Furstenberg, and a review #Poetry #writingcommunity #bookreview

Today, I am delighted to welcome author and poet, Patricia Furstenberg, as my March Treasuring Poetry guest.

Why do you write poetry?

To me, writing poetry is like being a flâneuse of the literary world.

The history and meaning of flâneuse (with its masculine form, flâneur) derive from the turn of the century, late 19th to early 20th. It defines those men and women who had the time, the inclination, the passion (and the finances, back then) to wonder along the streets of a big city and to observe and be a part of the daily city life. Those who enjoyed taking in the city.

It was after this past holiday, when my family and I covered about 200km on the streets of Romania, in Bucharest and Sibiu, that I learned this expression, flâneuse.

Writing poetry is my reaction to being a flâneuse in a city of words. Writing poetry is like strolling among literary creations, classical or modern (buildings made of words if you wish) and taking in their beauty and rhythm. A turn of the word here, a phrase there, they blend with the breeze, the song of bird, or the memories of my youth (like dappled shadows) – creating poetry.

Do you think poetry is still a relevant form of expressing ideas in our modern world? If yes, why?

Absolutely. Poetry permanently sheds a light on the world; it helps us see our everyday life through a different perspective. It adds colour to a world monotonous in its everyday violence. It also highlights, thus helping us remember, the forgotten beauty of life.

Poetry also creates bridges that unite us, past distances (and I mean social distances) or any other barriers. Poetry is that one constant in times of change. Because poetry helps us understand our emotions and communicate them. It helps us make sense of an uncertain future or of a tumultuous past. Poetry translates, by use of imagery that what – at first – is hard to comprehend and it appears scrambled.

Which poem by any other poet that you’ve read, do you relate to the most and why?

So many times I asked myself this question and the answer varied, but more often it was Robert Frost’s “The Road Not Taken” the poem I most relate with.

The Road Not Taken

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,

And sorry I could not travel both

And be one traveler, long I stood

And looked down one as far as I could

To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,

And having perhaps the better claim,

Because it was grassy and wanted wear;

Though as for that the passing there

Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay

In leaves no step had trodden black.

Oh, I kept the first for another day!

Yet knowing how way leads on to way,

I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh

Somewhere ages and ages hence:

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—

I took the one less traveled by,

And that has made all the difference.

Life, the simple act of living and of leading a happy and fulfilled family life, are such a tremendous gift – but we tend to take it for granted. I think that contemplating the road that brought us here, as well as the ones followed by our ancestors, is a valuable exercise.

“The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost is about the choices and the opportunities we encounter in life. But unlike Frost’s poem, I believe that it isn’t the regret over the roads not taken that should overshadow our future, but the excitement for further choices, born out of our past decisions. Life is a continuous maze, and a beautiful and exciting one.

Which of your own poems is your favourite and why?

I enjoyed following the antics of the puppies depicted in my poetry book “as Good as Gold”. There were times when I would write and laugh. When I grew up in Romania we would live in an apartment so we shared some pretty close living quarters with our dog. Whoever looked after a puppy will remember that, at the beginning, they hardly sleep through the night.

While writing “As Good as Gold” I enjoyed mentally watching a puppy conversing with the moon, or meeting an owl (during night-time, of course) for the very first time. Writing from experience… Today I look fondly on those memories. Thus, my favourite poem is “Why, Rain?”  where we follow a puppy on his first encounter with a surprise storm during what starts like a perfect summer day, just right for some nature exploration.

Is writing poetry easy for you compared to prose or do you do a lot of editing and revision of your poems?

I enjoy writing poetry for its free form and lack of constraints. Poetry allows my thoughts to roam unrestrained. For me, writing poetry is like finding shapes in the clouds – they can be anything and I won’t be wrong in writing them as such. The reader, in turn, can interpret them the way she sees them and none will be wrong for taking that what her / his heart chose to see.

Writing prose asks for much more structure, although I enjoy it just as much. Writing prose is like building a house.

Poetry is like writing a song. Sometimes you hum it for a long time before you get the melody out on paper just the way you heard it in your mind. Prose is more like writing a symphony. Just as rewarding, perhaps more demanding. Prose will confer a whole set of ideas, where poetry will distil the thought to a perfect, silky thread.

What mode (blog, books, YouTube, podcasts) do you find the most effective for sharing your poems with poetry lovers and readers?

As an independent author with self-published poetry books as well as poems published in various poetry anthologies I find that, today, readers show a fear of commitment towards poetry. I discovered that publishing my poems on my blog or into an online literary magazine I can reach a wider audience than publishing a poetry book.

My review of As Good as Gold, A dog’s life in poems by Patricia Furstenberg

As Good as Gold: A Dog’s Life in Poems is a delightful and uplifting collection of poems about domestic dogs and puppies. Each poem is accompanied by a lovely photograph of the dog through whose eyes the poems is written. I liked that the poems were told from the perspective of the dogs and I thought the freestyle form of poetry suited this book well as each poem is a mini story or adventure.

The writing style is conversational and relaxed. The following few extracts give a feel for the style of the poetry:

“Puppy tiptoes,
Takes a peek.
Sniffs carefully …
What IS that squeak?”

“It’s oval, it bounces, it floats away,
It’s pink like his tongue, it wants to play!
“I’m coming!” barks pup and off he goes.
Down the hill the pink shape flows
And puppy follows suit. It’s just within his reach,”

For cat lovers, there are also a few poems told from the perspective of our feline friends and I loved those especially, as I am a cat owner.

I think this book is a lovely way of teaching children about animals as pets and the writing is appropriate for both children and adults, all of whom will adore the antics and curiosity displayed by the dogs, especially the puppies.

Purchase links

Amazon US

Patricia Furstenberg’s Amazon Author page

About Patricia Furstenberg

Writer and poet Patricia Furstenberg authored 18 books to date. Patricia grew up in Bucharest and was brought up listening to the legends and folktales of Romania’s past. She came to writing through reading, her passion for books being something she inherited from her parents. Her writing career followed a sinuous road that passed through a Medical Degree, practicing medicine, extensive traveling, and it also produced a happy marriage and two children. The recurrent motives in her writing are unconditional love and war, while Patricia’s keen interest for history and dogs brought her writing, through a perfect loop, to her native Romania. Today Patricia writes fiction and poetry. Her poems were published in anthologies by Green Ink Poetry, The Poem Magazine, and Lothlórien Poetry Journal as well as in over thirty online literary journals

Find Patricia Furstenberg

Author Website 

Amazon UK  

Amazon US

Twitter / Instagram / Facebook / LinkedIn / Goodreads / Book Bub / AllAuthor

About Robbie Cheadle

Award-winning, bestselling author, Robbie Cheadle, has published thirteen children’s book and two poetry books. Her work has also appeared in poetry and short story anthologies.

Robbie also has two novels published under the name of Roberta Eaton Cheadle and has horror, paranormal, and fantasy short stories featured in several anthologies under this name.

The ten Sir Chocolate children’s picture books, co-authored by Robbie and Michael Cheadle, are written in sweet, short rhymes which are easy for young children to follow and are illustrated with pictures of delicious cakes and cake decorations. Each book also includes simple recipes or biscuit art directions which children can make under adult supervision.

Robbie’s blog includes recipes, fondant and cake artwork, poetry, and book reviews.

65 Comments on “Treasuring Poetry – Meet multi-genre author and poet, Patricia Furstenberg, and a review #Poetry #writingcommunity #bookreview”

  1. Reblogged this on Robbie's inspiration and commented:

    My March Treasuring Poetry guest is talented poet and author, Patricia Furstenberg. Patricia Furstenberg is the Spillwords Author of the Year, 2022 and you can read her interview on Spillwords here: Thanks for hosting Kaye Lynne Booth.

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  2. Thank you, Roberta and Kaye, for inviting me here today, with my poetry and my dogs.😊💕🐶
    It’s been an honor.
    Roberta, you captured the heart of my poetry book. Thank you!

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  3. Darlene says:

    Great comments about poetry. I also love Robert Frost’s poem, The Road Less Taken. I agree with Patricia, it is good to look back and appreciate the past but not to dwell on what we didn’t do but rather look forward to new adventures. Love the word flâneuse! A book with poems about dogs has to be a winner. I LOVE that cover, almost looks like my dog.

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  4. Wonderful chat and poetry, Pat and Robbie! Wishing you both all the best 💕🙂

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  5. Toni Pike says:

    How lovely to learn more about Patricia – she is so brilliant. I love “The Road Not Taken,” too – I first read it when I was a teenager. Toni x

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  6. beetleypete says:

    Good luck to Patricia with the book. Shared both posts on Twitter, Robbie.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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  7. Wishing Patricia all the best with her new release. Thanks for hosting today, Robbie. Patricia is a talented writer. I loved Silent Heroes and Joyful Trouble.

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  8. memadtwo says:

    That Robert Frost poem is a touchstone for so many people. I also like the idea of being in a city of words. Thanks for another interesting interview. (K)

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  9. Elizabeth says:

    Living with a puppy right now I was particularly delighted by the poem about the puppy chasing his tongue down a hill. Ours keeps discovering and then chewing on her tail.

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  10. Jan Sikes says:

    A wonderful interview! Best wishes to Patricia!

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  11. I think poetry will always be relevant. It is quite simply a different form of communicating, like art and music. Some things are best said in poems.

    Love Patricia’s book, the excerpt. She captures the mind of a puppy.

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  12. I greatly enjoyed your interview with Patricia, Robbie, particularly her comments about poetry. I started to pull out the comments that most resonated with me, but I would have copied and pasted them all!

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  13. What a great review Robbie of Pat and her new book. She is so talented and well versed in her writing genre and well respected. I mean, Poet of The Year says it all. Her new book look woof read worth and love the cover! 💞

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  14. D.L. Finn, Author says:

    Fantastic interview! I love your answer about writing poetry! A Road Less Traveled is my favorite too. I have it framed in my living room. As Good as Gold is on my Kindle wsiting for me. I look forward to it!

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  15. olganm says:

    Thanks for helping us learn more about Patricia and her poetry, and congratulations to her. And great review, Robbie. It would make a fabulous present for dog and cat lovers.

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  16. A lovely post and having read some of your books starring dogs I know you have a deep love for them Patricia.. thanks Robbie and Kaye for another terrific article.

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  17. Dan Antion says:

    I was happy to learn a bit more about Patricia. I love her poetry and I recently reviewed As Good As gold. This was a great post, Robbie.

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  18. This is a lovely introduction to Patricia. Kudos to you both. Hugs.

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  19. Such a fun post, Robbie. What a great way to meet and get to know Patricia! Her poem about the puppies brought back such warm memories of the dog we got when I was 7 and the litter of pups she had a couple of years later. Thank you both for lifting my spirits!!

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  20. Teri Polen says:

    Those excerpts are adorable! I could just picture a frolicking puppy. As a cat person, I’m also glad Patricia included a few poems from their perspective.

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