(An International Journal of Poetry)
Volume-1 †††† december-2011 Number-2
An E-Interview with Milton P. Ehrlich
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(Professor Milton P. Ehrlich is an 80 year old psychologist. He is Clinical Consultant/Supervisor in Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy & Psychoanalysis, New York University. His poems have been published in the The New York Times; The Christian Science Monitor; The Kenwood Review; Wisconsin Review; Pegasus; Timber Creek Review; Mobius; Journal of New Jersey Poets; Clark Street Review; The American Dissidents; Bergen Poets Anthology; Trail Walker; Jewish Currents; Dream Fantasy International: Back Street Quarterly; Poetica Magazine; Parnassus Literary Journal; House Organ; Solo Cafe ; Winning entry of New Jersey 2006 Wordsmith Competition; Samsara; The Blue Collar Review; New Verse News; Xanadu; The Toronto Quarterly; Main Street Poets & Writers; The Chiron Review; Honey Land Review; Cartier Street Review; Twig Blooms; Naugatuck River Review; Penwood Review; Whistling Fire: Poetry Haven; The Antigonish Review; Platte Valley Review; Shady Side Review; Rutherford Red Wheelbarrow; The New Sound: A Journal of Interdisciplinay Art and Literature; Shofar Literary Review; Zero Literary Magazine; Zodiac Review)
Chief Editor: Is there any intimate relationship between psychology and poetry?†† If so please throw light.
Milton P. Ehrlich: Yes. Psychology, is the scientific study of human behavior. Poetry is the art of illuminating human behaviour. Both disciplines aim to provide insight and understanding about the underlying conflicts and motivations that account for human interactions.
Chief Editor: What inspired you to write poetry? Any personal incident or public event inspired you. Or it was simply the irresistible urge of your soul.
Milton P. Ehrlich: My first poem
was written after the age of 70, At the end of a tour of Tuscany, the tour
leader asked for a creative expression of our reactions to the tour. It
unleashed a flow of poems that continues to this day.
Chief Editor: Do
you find any future of poetry in the age of globalisation, i.e., it is simply
money which is at the forefront of manís contemporary existence.
Milton P. Ehrlich: There always has been a need for man to express himself through poetry.There will continue to be a need for poetry in the future in spite of a changing world.
Chief Editor: How
far language/languages is/are competent to express human emotions
and thoughts in poetry?
Milton P. Ehrlich: Language is
always limited in expressing feelings, but that is the great challenge of
writing poems. Language is al we have.
Chief Editor: How
will you define human culture in universal terms in poetry?
Milton P. Ehrlich: With great dificulty. The ultimate creative challenge of writing is to capture universal meaning through the use of words.
Chief Editor: What
are your views on the contemporary scenario of poetry in English?
Milton P. Ehrlich: The only people reading poetry today are other poets. Sadly, it has become much less††††† available to the general public. Most contemporary poetry is produced by faculty and students in MFA programs and is much too opaque for most folks to comprehend.
Chief Editor: What
role poetry can play in bringing the diverse cultural perspectives on a common
platform so that a harmonious breeze of love and compassion blows in the heart
of human race?
Milton P. Ehrlich: An essential
role, but it must become more accessible in the use of language. It has become
much too esoteric.
Chief Editor: What is your advice for the young poets?
Milton P. Ehrlich: ††Write every day.
Chief Editor: What message you wish to give our readers and poetry lovers?
Milton P. Ehrlich: ††Read as much poetry as you can.