ES: How did you become interested in poetry?
NP: As a young boy in Mexico, I would hear my father recite poetry throughout the house. He would mostly do it in the morning. He was an early riser and would walk outside in the garden where I would see him look at the skies and hear him speak. When he finished, he would drink fresh fruit juice and sit in front of one of those old dome-shaped wooden radios listening to classical music. I think my spirit within put his poetic words and the powerful musical arrangements from Beethoven, Bach, and Mozart, together and stored them away.
ES: What inspires your writing?
NP: My father read mostly Latin American poets and others like Dante, Cervantes. I chose the night to read and began writing. I found the time between midnight and 3 am, freed my spirits and opened the door for them to express their joy, pain, love, and passion. I had no idea this was even possible especially from my past. Through meditation and intention, I would sit quietly in a soft chair with a brandy in hand, open up and let go. At times, listening to the inner voices was overwhelming. Discovering the unknown past was sometimes painful, other times, deeply spiritual. Trying to delve deeper into my spirit worlds, I saw glimpses of my years as a knight from the 10th-century, an 18th-century pirate, and a 19th-century American Indian. Their voices and visions filled my consciousness, creating a space of love, tinged with a little madness. From this discovery, I wrote from the passion of my past lives into today’s world.
ES: Explain how you chose the title, Love and Madness for your first book.
NP: Well, the spirits chose it. As I began looking for a title, I again went into a meditative state and asked them for one. Once I heard it, it made sense.
It clearly describes my love at its greatest depths. It is illogical, incomprehensible, madness. To be in a state of delirium. Almost insane. Outside of myself and far from anything recognizable.
ES: Have you considered combining your art with your poetry?
NP: Yes. Many have suggested that I do just that. They say they are excited to see images and how they will relate to the poems. I’m working on concepts for my second book. I haven’t decided whether I will use surrealism, traditional or abstract artistic styles. I know that the finished product will be different and captivating.
ES: What is musical poetry and how did you come up with that?
NP: I am very excited about this part. Rumi is one of my favorite spiritualists. In my search on Youtube, I discovered that Coleman Barks has been presenting and reading Rumi with different musical instruments and musicians as a background to his readings. Here is where my childhood experience with my father’s classical music and poetry comes together. It was natural for me to select classical music, movie scores, and jazz to base and accent the emotion of my words to enhance the experience of my poetry.
“Every night I want a part of me to die so that a new part of me can be born.”
The Night Poet