#Poetryreadathon – Meet author, poet and blogger Victoria Zigler

Poetry readathon

Today I am delighted to introduce you to author, poet and blogger, Victoria Zigler. Victoria, known as Tori to her friends, is an author of a number of lovely children’s books, some of which I have read and really enjoyed. She has also published some lovely poetry books.

Over to Tori

I was excited to be a part of Robbie’s poetry readathon.  But this presented me with a bit of a conundrum.

You see, picking a favourite of my poems is hard for me.  Actually, I’m not very good at picking favourites of things in general, but I find it even more difficult with my own work, because each piece is special to me in some way.  So I made it a little easier on myself by focussing on one particular poetry collection: Mr. Pumpkin-Head And Other Poems.

“Why that one particular collection?” I hear you ask.

Well, it’s quite simple.  You see, Mr. Pumpkin-Head And Other Poems was not only the first poetry book I published, but the first book I published.  It was the book I used to dip my toe in to the turbulent waters of the sea of authors, and was made up of my favourites of the poems I’d written – and still had copies of – at the time.  It was a hard task choosing the poems for the book, and all my other poems did get their turn to be published afterwards.  But that book – and by extension, the poems in it – will always be especially special to me, purely for being my first publication.

Additionally, the photo on the cover is of my very own Mr. Pumpkin-Head; the pumpkin featured on the cover of the book is a jack-o-lantern I carved myself.  Not only the first one I’d done solo, but also the first one after I lost the last of my sight.  Which is why I’ll never change the cover, even now I know more about the importance of good quality covers.  Just like with the covers of my stories featuring some of my pets, where their own photos were used on the covers.

Given my fondness of the book, and the photo featured on its cover, it seems only fitting I pick the title poem – written about the pumpkin in the photo, almost four years before the collection was published – as my favourite poem.  So, with that in mind, I present my poem entitled “Mr. Pumpkin-Head” for your reading pleasure.

Mr. Pumpkin-Head

© 2008 ~ Victoria “Tori” Zigler

In a pumpkin patch

Near a big red barn

Looking out over the fields

Of a very big farm

Lived Mr Pumpkin-Head

 

All day he’d sit in the pumpkin patch

Wishing he could do something good

“If only,” he said to himself one night

“Pumpkins could be more than just food.”

 

Then one day, when the air was chilly

And the trees were almost bare

Someone came to the pumpkin patch

Who’d never before been seen there

 

She was just a child – no more than six

With hair the colour of gold

Wearing a pretty little pink coat

To protect herself from the cold

 

She looked at Mr Pumpkin-Head

And all his friends in the ground

Then knelt beside Mr Pumpkin-Head

Making hardly a sound

 

She put her hand upon him

And smiling said, “You’ll do!

You’re coming home with me, you are.

I’ll make a jack-o-lantern out of you!”

 

And now…

 

In the window sill

Of a little house

Looking out of the window

Beside an ornamental mouse

Sits Mr Pumpkin-Head

 

His smile may be carved on

But inside he’s grinning too

For he thinks a Jack-O-Lantern is

A great job for a pumpkin to do

 

That’s why you’ll never see a pumpkin smile

As wide as Mr Pumpkin-Head

 

***~~~***

Biography

Victoria Zigler is a blind vegan poet and children’s author who was born and raised in the Black Mountains of Wales, UK, and is now living on the South-East coast of England, UK, with her hubby and furkids.  Victoria – or Tori, if you prefer – has been writing since she knew how, and describes herself as a combination of Hermione Granger and Luna Lovegood from the Harry Potter books: Hermione’s thirst for knowledge and love of books, combined with Luna’s wandering mind and alternative way of looking at the world.  She has a wide variety of interests, designed to exercise both the creative and logical sides of her brain, and dabbles in them at random depending on what she feels like doing at any given time.

To date, Tori has published nine poetry books and more than 40 children’s books, with more planned for the future.  She makes her books available in multiple eBook formats, as well as in both paperback and audio.  She’s also contributed a story to the sci-fi and fantasy anthology Wyrd Worlds II, which is available in eBook only.

Contact Victoria Zigler

Website: http://www.zigler.co.uk

Blog: https://ziglernews.blogspot.co.uk

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/toriz

Facebook author page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Victoria-Zigler/424999294215717

Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/victoriazigler

Find Victoria Zigler’s books on…

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/toriz

Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Victoria-Zigler/e/B00BHS9DQ6/

…Along with a variety of other online retailers.

My review of Mr Pumpkin-Head And Other Poems

I did not know until after I finished reading this book that Mr Pumpkin-Head and Other Poems was the first book published by Victoria Zigler and that it contained her favourite and first poems. On reflection, this makes perfect sense to me because the wonderful variety of thoughts, ideas and reflections.

The poems in this collection touch on delightful concepts like Jack Frost, family relationships, nature, animals, witches, fairies and leaf monster. There are some revelations of intense emotion and feeling such as in the poem Embracing The Darkness and The Day which is about coming to accept challenges and difficulties in life. The poet also gives some insight into her thoughts on commercialism and freedom of spirit.

Some of my favourite extracts from the poems in this collection are as follows:

“Before settling down to sleep for the night

The sounds of nature still filled her head

As she snuggled up in her bed

This was the way she like it to be

It made her feel alive and free.”

from Traveler

“I wished for something to release me

From the world which I could not see

But no place to hide or release came

And the days kept passing just the same

 

Until the day when – by a stroke of luck

An idea was planted in my mind … and stuck!”

from Embracing The Darkness And The Day

“Jack Frost ran his frozen fingers gently over the ground

Covering everything with glittering frost without making a sound

A playful smile played across his blue lips

As he stroked everything with his fingertips”

from The Robin And Jack Frost

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