The interview is a genre of spoken and written language that I have explored in a previous book, “The Interview Teacher: From Imagination to Sophistication”
For me, the interview is “an act of sophistication – an attempt to tease out the nuances of meaning, not just the explicit, but also the implicit, that which is unsaid, but there, waiting for the skilled interviewer to tease it out, or the interviewee to make it “come up” in the flow of conversation…
…the genre of the interview, what it is, what to look for, what questions achieve what purposes, simplicity and complexity, all of these elements gradually come to light.”
In this interview with the author Uvi Poznansky I am sure you will find much interesting and useful information about interview, as a genre itself. This is by itself valuable, perhaps the biggest takeaway, were it not for the presence of Uvi Poznansky, who teaches us how to be present, clearly and tangibly, within the lines of an interview rendered in the written word.
Thanks to Melodie Ramone, it is quite an enjoyable activity to “watch” this interview come alive, turning into a chat between interviewer and interviewee. Well done Melodie, well done my friend…
In the world of writing, you meet many people. Some are story tellers, people who have wonderful plot lines and fantasies that run through their minds, who jot down words and tell of adventures and far away lands. Some are observers of the world around them and of human nature and write of their experience in a way that teaches others lessons from their own lives…
And then there are the select few who write directly from their souls, the ones who paint a canvas with words that reach inside your heart and turn you around. They open your eyes and make you see people, places and situations in a different way than you would have and, ultimately, they change your life.
Uvi Poznansky is one of those writers and she doesn’t just spread her magic in ink, but in paint as well. I am proud and blessed to have her on my blog. And, now, enough of my introduction! Here is Uvi!
Interview with Uvi Poznansky: Author of Apart From Love, Home, A Favorite Son, and Twisted
Q: You are a poet and an artist as well as an author. Although all three can go hand in hand, tell us how and if they feed off of the other to help you create.
A: When you meet a new person, you register not only the way she looks, but also the tone of her voice, the way it fluctuates in sadness and in joy… So in a similar way, when I conjure up a new character, she expresses herself in my mind in many sensual ways. It is not just her voice that I write, not just her angle on events throughout the plot–but her look too, and the way she moves, which I not only describe, but often paint or sculpt. And the opposite is true, too: when I sculpt a piece, which may take several months to complete, an intimate relationship develops between the figures and me, so they begin to have a voice. This is what happened with my dancers in the sculpture Dust You Gather Me,
which was inspired by my poem, Dust, which starts with his voice:
From dust you gather meI beg you on my kneeLook away—imagine me,The way I used to beNow shadows spread upon meStain by stainI shiver. Touch me, heal meMake me whole again
The poem ends–or rather, it closes the loop–with her voice:
I will not let you blurThese traces in my mindOf the way we wereOur limbs entwinedI miss you, still resist you,Forgive me, for I mustGather you so gentlyFrom the dust.
Having taken the sculpture to the foundry to cast her in bronze, where she would be dismembered and later reconnected, I was literally compelled to write her story about death and rebirth. Both the poem and her story are now part of my new book, Twisted.
Q: You have written several books. Pick one and tell me why you choose it first and what’s it about. I know all your books are special to you, but what made this one stand out in your mind?
A: Of my four books, let me introduce Twisted, my newest work. It starts with Job’s wife waking up in Hell, and hearing a voice, Satan’s voice, saying, “Gird up now your loins like a man; for I will demand of you, and you shall answer me. Where were you when I laid the foundations of this realm? Declare, if you have any understanding!” You may be surprised to realize that each and every one of Satan’s words in that dialog are quotes from the words of God, lifted out of God’s reply to Job (in the Book of Job.) As you may know, Job suffers pointlessly, yet he bites his lips so as not to resort to cursing God. But in the end he breaks down. He breaks his silence and challenges God to answer for the apparent lack of divine justice. So God says, basically, Who are you to question me, as a mere mortal you understand nothing, nill! I’m the boss!” In Twisted Satan uses these words, the devil that he is, to establish that, like God, he is the boss in Hell. There is a parallel between them.
Readers who are familiar with the book of Job will immediately recognize these sentences. Initially they may assume this is God talking–until they have a rude awakening, which is intentionally provocative. In the audiobook edition, which is about to come out soon, my narrator will give his voice a little goat-like cackle, which may serve to offer a hint. This is not God talking, but the Prince of Darkness.
Q: As a veteran author, working with social media, you are confronted with new coming authors. How do you respond to emerging authors?
A: I find the emergence of new talent a great phenomenon, one that was nearly impossible before. Social media offers so many new tools for all of us to reach out to readers, in a way that can eclipse the traditional power of publishing houses. Granted, some Indie authors neglect to go through careful editing, but I believe that in time, those who strive for excellence will separate out from the mediocre ones, and we the readers will be better off for it.
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Uvi Poznansky is a California-based author, poet and artist.
She earned her B. A. in Architecture and Town Planning from the Technion in Haifa, Israel. During her studies and in the years immediately following her graduation, she practiced with an innovative Architectural firm, taking a major part in the large-scale project, ‘Home for the Soldier’; a controversial design that sparked fierce public debate.
At the age of 25 Uvi moved to Troy, N.Y. with her husband and two children. Before long, she received a Fellowship grant and a Teaching Assistantship from the Architecture department at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where she guided teams in a variety of design projects; and where she earned her M.A. in Architecture. Then, taking a sharp turn in her education, she earned her M.S. degree in Computer Science from the University of Michigan.
During the years she spent in advancing her career–first as an architect, and later as a software engineer, software team leader, software manager and a software consultant (with an emphasis on user interface for medical instruments devices)–she wrote and painted constantly, and exhibited in Israel and California. In addition, she taught art appreciation classes. Her versatile body of work can be seen online at uviart.com. It includes bronze and ceramic sculptures, oil and watercolor paintings, charcoal, pen and pencil drawings, and mixed media.
Uvi published two children books, Jess and Wiggle and Now I Am Paper. For each one of these books, she created an animation video (see Author Videos at the bottom of her author page.)
She won great acclaim for her novel, Apart From Love, published February 2012 and for her poetry book, Home (in tribute to her father, the poet and writer Zeev Kachel) published September 2012.
Uvi Poznansky: So happy! The audiobook edition of Home is finally... http://t.co/tzZEweO0Wk
— Uvi Poznansky Author (@UviPoznansky) August 30, 2013