CANDID CONVERSATIONS: Mona Soorma talks to Ken Jorgenson

Welcome to the first episode in this series of interviews with poets and writers and today, I am talking to former international rugby player Ken Jorgenson.

Ken, who is a very talented poet and writer, played rugby for the Danish team, earning six caps in 2000-2001. Playing for the Markham Rugby Football Club, he has also coached both junior and senior players successfully and has received a 20 Year Volunteer Achievement Award from the Province of Ontario for services to the (rugby) community. Somewhere along the way, he also became a popular feature writer for the magazine “The Pub Review”. He writes poetry on his Instagram page and has just finished writing his first novel called “The Black Horse Diaries: A Year in the Life of a Small Town Ontario Pub”. It seems there is nothing that he doesn’t do well!

International rugby player Ken Jorgenson with a member of the Markham Irish Women's team
Ken after winning another championship for Markham Irish Women

As soon as he agreed to join me in a video conversation, an adventure had begun. Of course, I did not know anything about it then. In between some poor connectivity and a lot of chaos within, I began to talk to him. He, as you will all see, is an excellent communicator and we talked with ease, helped along by the fact that we already knew each other through our poetry. And at the end of it all, the internet played mean and we ended up losing the entire conversation! I simply did not know how to react!! Yet this wonderful person quietly agreed to do the whole thing again. So we changed devices and began again, I kept on altering the questions on the go to try and keep the interaction fresh, and just gave myself up to the pleasure of this exciting new experience. I hope you will enjoy listening to him as much as I did.

Over to Ken… do comment and share your views and suggestions, or talk to Ken through the comments box here or on YouTube. I know he would love to hear from you.

Until next time with another writer…



Hello lovely people!

Before I say anything else… a huge “thank-you” to all of you for being my wonderful support system, for reading my work even when I am absent, which keeps happening more often than I would like! However, freelance work does tend to make my schedule very irregular. And that is how it is, and it can’t be helped, but it is definitely very comforting to always come back to all the lovely comments. It feels like home.

Whatever I may be doing, or not doing, one thing never changes and that is the capacity of my brain to always be working overtime! And this time, my newest effort comes in the form of another Special Feature– Writer Interviews.

Titled CANDID CONVERSATIONS, they are rather informal chat sessions with poets and writers to get to know them better as people, to peek behind their words and see what makes them flow.

A woman interviewing a man
CANDID CONVERSATIONS – Heart-to-heart chats with writers and poets

The catch? (How can there not be one!) They were supposed to be regular written interviews until I got the great idea of taking a poll on Twitter and Instagram. The result- an overwhelming majority voted in favour of video interviews. That threw me in at the deep end. Well, I do swim, but it just takes longer than to run on the dry surface…and now I am babbling! Whatever. I decided to go with the poll and convert at least some of the interviews into video conversations.

And here is where there were more than a few potholes. It became a lot easier for the writers to just speak instead of writing out their answers, but I have to worry about the fact that I am in no way an adequate interviewer, about the way less than studio-level voice quality, and the creation of a good-looking final effort. So I had to pack my reticence in a bag and record the chat, which I finally did and fretted and fumed over the echoes and screeches and unstable images that I had.

In the end, I finally accepted that I am no Jimmy Kimmel and I don’t own Disney Studios and I am here only to share my conversation you and hope you will enjoy getting to know more about these beautiful creative people and their life and work. So here I am, trying to put together my first couple of conversations and hope my imperfection would be just that tiny bit perfect enough to get by!

Hoping to post my first episode of CANDID CONVERSATIONS sometime next week, and crossing my fingers… Stay tuned.


Image by mohamed Hassan from Pixabay 

Celebrating Poets – Ratna Guha

The end of the Poetry Month is upon us, and I feel I haven’t even touched upon the vast poetic treasure that the internet holds… however, we just do our bit in the hope that every drop in the ocean counts. I do sincerely hope that you enjoyed this poetic journey with me.

Today I have a wonderful and very relatable poem by a beautiful lady who weaves magic into the night…

Ratna Guha… you can meet up with her on her poetry page and on her other Instagram page where she posts everything, including some poetry. Enjoy her work!


Celebrating Poets – Avery Chase

This wonderful poet has got a lot packed into her little poems.

Meet Avery Chase… She can be found on Instagram and Facebook. Meanwhile, do enjoy my choice from her poetry called ‘One Song’


Celebrating Poets – Esma Ahsraf

I met this lovely lady online a while ago, and I love her passion for poetry and the way she has worked so hard to follow her dream. She has been writing a lot of poems in Urdu (though I can’t read them!) and has just published her first book of poems in English.

Esma Ashraf… you can find her poetry on Instagram and Facebook, and you can buy her new book on Amazon. Visit her and share in her dream come true…

Today I choose this tiny gem of a poem called ‘Venom’ from her book. Enjoy!


Celebrating Poets – Fergie

Some people don’t need to be spoken for, their words speak for them…

Fergie… a poet who touches my heart with every poem, one I love to read whenever possible. His poetry is so beautiful, you can visit him on Twitter and decide for yourself. Of course, there’s always my choice to help you decide! Enjoy his work.


Celebrating Poets – Alan

When life gets tough, look towards a poem! I hope you are enjoying my selection of favourite poets this Poetry Month. I have had a great time revisiting a lot of my well-loved pages. My choice for today is a poem that is at once fun and deep, with layers of meaning if you care to look.

Alan… Meet this fabulous poet on his page on Twitter for more wonderful poetry.


Celebrating poets – Fish In The Brook

How often we keep on playing with words and yet, the meanings are lost in the chaos…

Meet this master of brevity, the one who can say so much in so little. It is always a profound exp[erience to connect with his poetry.

Fish In The Brook… read his work on Twitter. My choice for today is this beautiful depiction of the real world. Enjoy!



Celebrating Poets – Zaynab

She is not just a poet but a poem in herself… a lovely lady with a beautiful heart, I always love to connect with her.

Zaynab… you can read her poetry here. Meanwhile, enjoy this gem of hope from her pen.


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