Recently, I got the chance to meet an amazing woman, Kathie Sutherland, in the 40 Days of Self-Love group on Facebook. After some discussion I found out Kathie writes poetry and shared some with me. One of her poems, felicity fix-it. resonated with every fiber of my being. It speaks about how we may think we are broken, however, there are just things about who we are that just “ARE”. We are whole, vibrant and our ultimate goal is to find balance. You can find this poem here.
Kathie was kind enough to allow me to interview her. So with no further ado, I introduce you Kathie Sutherland:
How would you describe yourself using 5 words?
Passionate, empathetic, reflective, appreciative, honest
When and why did you begin writing poetry?
I fell in love with nursery rhymes and nonsense poems as a very young child, and with Shakespeare as a teenager. I grew into Kahlil Gibran’s poetry in 1971, and always loved the words to songs by Peter, Paul & Mary, Bob Dylan, and Simon and Garfunkel. I only came to see myself as poet when I wrote anguished poems as a young adult as a way to comfort myself, and again later in midlife as a spiritual growth expression. Poetry became my favourite genre for connecting and integrating the emotional and spiritual parts of myself. I love words, connotation and novel ways of playing with language.
What inspired balancing Act?
A pile of unpublished poems and a co-worker/friend who suggested I organize opposing perspectives on facing pages of a book as a way to balance and integrate my shadow and light sides.
Tell me about your latest projects:
Over the past year I have been piecing together the puzzle of my service offering. It has been a year of excitement and turmoil. Developing my website, refining my workshop and workbook offerings, finding focus and clarity has been an amazing journey into my history and my development as a soul, not to mention a gift to my self confidence and esteem. Affirming my gifts as a life story guide and companion has opened up a whole new world for me.
What books have most influenced your life ?
Your Life as Story and The New Diary by Christine Rainer, The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz, The Dark Side of the Light Chasers by Debbie Ford, The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran, Anam Cara by John O’Donohue, and many, many more!
Who is your favorite poet and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
Leonard Cohen. As a spoken word artist, he has explored his own dark and light sides, found images to make the darkness beautiful and developed his unique voice. I first heard “Suzanne” back in 1970 and was captured by the merging of spiritual and temporal images.
A speech and poetry reading about volunteering to a group of Library volunteers at a luncheon. I felt so engaged with my listeners as I shared poems from balancing Act and found relationships between the poems and the people and their lives. I walked on air that day.
Name one interesting thing people do NOT know about you?
I love sushi!
How would you describe your life as a “headline” for a newspaper?
Author expresses her life lesson as “Saying goodbye is easy; it’s the letting go that’s hard.”
If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?
I’d like to return to the Caribbean to go scuba diving again. Diving was a very powerful experience.
Where can we get our hands on your collection balancing Act?
Please contact my publisher Linda Pedley at Dream Write Publishing at http://www.dreamwritepublishing.ca
On Facebook: Kathie Sutherland – balancing Act Poetry Collection
Who is Kathie Sutherland?
I am a story in progress! In addition to my roles as wife, mother, grandmother, secretary, short story writer, poet, workshop guide and facilitator, I am a great cook, an avid reader, a people watcher and I adore the outdoors, especially the ocean and the forest. I love dogs, cherish my friends, and appreciate good photography. Though I’m curious and adventuresome and really enjoy travel, my home is my sanctuary.
- Beyond these roles, I am a reflective, spiritual person who seeks truth, love and wholeness.
- I respect all life, and strive to be aware and conscious.
- I believe every human being has a story, but that we are more than our story.
- My goal is to continue to shed my ego’s stories and embrace my true and authentic self.
- I am a soul diver whose creativity is filled with images and experiential detail that represent my truest self.
- I love word craft and the power of connotation and meaning.
- I am a lifelong learner who strives to find the gifts in my experience.
- I am a steadfast and compassionate friend, a good listener and cheerleader.
- I appreciate our common need for connection and belonging.