Balthazar has written two books, The Depth of My Soul and The Struggle of Power and The Fight for Survival. He is a multimedia designer and a student at the Nordic Multimedia Academy (NOMA). Balthazar identifies himself as a French-born Congolese because he is more connected with the Congo and France than Denmark. He speaks French, English, Lingala, Norwegian, Danish, partially German, Dutch, and Afrikaans. Balthazar studies Chinese and Japanese in his spare time, he writes poems, he paints, he goes out and enjoys himself. Balthazar is also a member of the International Society of Poets, which runs poetry.com and he sometimes publishes poems at poetry.com. There will be more books from him this year.
Balthazar will be on virtual book tour in April 2009 to promote his latest book of poetry, The Depth of My Soul. We interviewed him to find out more about his wonderful new book.
Q: Thank you for this interview, Balthazar. Can we begin by having you tell us why you write poetry?
A: I write poetry because poetry is a power tool, which goes beyond logic, and I express myself emotionally about different things around me and the circumstances that I hear on the news as well as my personal circumstances
Q: What was the inspiration behind The Depth of My Soul? Would you like to share your story with us?
A: The number one person who inspired me was Christiane Amanpour from CNN she is a strong reporter and a very wise woman. I found inspiration on her documentary Scream the Bloody Murder. I learned a lot from the documentary which describers the evil acts that have taken place in Turkey, Germany, Rwanda, the former Yugoslavia, Cambodia, and other parts of the world. I was shocked to discover that our politicians don’t listen to those who scream bloody murder. In my book, I also talk about religious fanaticism, abuse, civil wars, dictatorship, corruption, poverty etc. However, I talk about fighting for freedom, justice, and peace. If you don’t have justice, you can’t have peace. Let me give you an example. Armenia cannot be at peace with itself if it does not continue to fight for its justice because what Turks did to them was wrong and barbaric.
Q: Do you find writing poetry is harder or easier than writing novels for you?
A: It depends on what your interests are. Poetry is not always easy for me in the situation where I have a hard time coping with Haikus and other types of poetry because I am more of a free writer. Concerning novels, I would like to acknowledge that it’s harder for me because I am an impatient person by nature and it requires more time than books of poetry.
Q: Do you have a special place you like to write your poetry?
A: I write my poetries at AllPoetry and Poetry for my Danish and Norwegian poems, they are found at the Scandinavian Poetry Organization also known as Digte.dk
Q: Have you ever read your poetry out loud in a public setting?
A: No I have never read my poems in a public setting. I would of done it, if I went in Las Vegas last year and the previous year when I was invited by the International Society of Poets for the Poetry convention.
Q: What message are you trying to get across to your readers with this book?
A: The message, I have for my readers is that justice and freedom are not cheap. If you want justice, fight for it because no one is going to do it for you. We can all stand up against evil acts and we need to let offenders know that they are not going away with it. If you have been abused, don’t allow abusers to play with your life. Fight and let them be accountable for their actions.
Q: Do you plan on writing more books of poetry?
A: I will not write books of poetry this year. I will write a couple of non-fiction books and I am working my way to get them ready.
Q: Thank you for this interview, Balthazar. Can you tell us where we can find out more about you and your wonderful new book?
A: You welcome. I am very grateful for this interview and I am also grateful to my readers and my publisher for giving me an opportunity to share my thoughts with them. My book can be found in I-proclaim bookstore and the web page.