Words With Trees offers a collection of poems dealing with contemplations and softer feelings of the everyday ruminator, bringing to our consciousness the interaction of nature, artistic creations and loved ones with our very soul.

 

We spoke with Riley Harris about her earliest love of poetry, the challenges of building her collection and the atmosphere she likes to create for herself when writing.

 

 

One thing I like to ask all poets is when did you first fall in love with the medium? When did you first start writing?

 

I first fell in love with writing when I was fourteen. I had been writing since I was eight, but I committed to it when I was a freshman in high school. I wanted to delve into the realm of poetry, but I did not know what poetry consisted of. I read my friend Mallory’s poetry, and I truly fell in love. I wrote countless collections about childhood, my first boyfriend, and spirituality. Eventually, I read Call Me By Your Name by Andre Aciman which furthered my love for writing and prose.

 

 

The blurb to your anthology explains that your writing is focused on “contemplations and softer feelings of the everyday ruminator.” Why did you take such a gentle approach in your writing?

 

My childhood consisted of darker themes and thoughts. When I first began my journey with poetry, I only focused on the cruelness of the world. As I got older and coped with the trauma, I planned to find the beauty of life. Listening to Ram Dass lectures and reading Mary Oliver’s poetry pushed me into the lovelier elements of life. I wanted to become that figure of light and love, and I executed this through my poetry.

 

 

It may be an impossible question, but are you able to choose your favourite poem in this collection?

 

There are so many poems that I love! My favourite poem, though, has to be Mother of My Art.

 

 

How do you create a space and an atmosphere in which to write? What is your process when it comes to writing poetry?

 

This fluctuates so often! I usually play classical music and sit with my headphones on. I usually play So This Is Love by Emile Pandolfi and allow it to take me to another world in my mind. I do my best to meditate on my emotions, my life, my thoughts, and how I want to display them.

 

 

I assume poetry writing is an ongoing process in your life, so do you see another collection further down the line?

 

I already have a collection sitting in my Google Docs! I have hundreds, maybe thousands, of poems sitting in my documents, waiting to be placed with other poems to make a bigger story.

 

 

Words with Trees is available in paperback now.