An interview with Candice Louisa Daquin.

Hello everyone, I am very excited today to welcome Candice Louisa Daquin from the amazing The Feathered Sleep.

Firstly let me tell you a about Candice.

Candice Louisa Daquin is of Sephardi French/Egyptian descent. Born in Europe, she work in publishing for The American Embassy and Chamber of Commerce. Before immigrating to the American South West to study and become a Psychotherapist, where she has continued writing and editing whilst practicing as a therapist. Daquin has worked at Jewish Community Centers and Rape Crisis Centers both in Texas and Ontario Canada. Her area of specialization is adults sexually abused as children. Prior to publishing her own poetry collections she regularly wrote for the poetry periodical Rattle and The Northern Poetry Review. Daquin is currently Senior Editor at Indie Blu(e) Publishing, a feminist micro-press. 

Daquin’s poetic work takes its form from the confessional women poets of the 19th and 20th century as well as queer authors writing from the 1950’s onward. Her career(s) teaching critical thinking and practicing as a psychotherapist have heavily influenced her work, with explored key themes including, sexual-dysfunction, sexual-abuse, parental-relationships, mental illness and queer-identity. Daquin’s work is also significantly imprinted by Audre Lorde, Françoise Sagan, Angela Carter, activist Egyptian physician Nawal El Saadawi, Navdanya seed bank creator/campaigner Vandana Shiva, Pablo Neruda, Israeli PM Golda Mier, Toni Morrison and feminist philosophers bell hooks, Hélène Cixous and Luce Irigaray.

As a queer woman of mixed parentage and passionate feminist beliefs concerning equality, Daquin’s poetry is her body of evidence. 

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Welcome Candice I am delighted that we have this chance to chat. I want to introduce you to my friends and followers because for a while now I have been drawn in by your marvelous work.

Tell us Candice what has bought you to were you are today, eg: shaped the person you are and made so strong?

I’m not strong. I just survive. I actually think I’m probably too sensitive. I wasn’t shaped by much other than my struggles which might sound negative but I’m a very positive person despite this. I have had too many struggles and I do wish I hadn’t but I know many others who have had worse.

I think you are a very strong woman Candice and I admire how you work so hard to help others. Who and what have been your influences?

I haven’t been influenced by very much. I grew up with very talented family and that influenced me but since then not so much. I suppose being very educated has helped me although I like to learn out of school more. I’m influenced by literature probably the most and psychology and science. I’m a huge science geek and quite an academic despite hating school I love research and learning. 

Can you say why you write, what moves you to take up the pen or keyboard?


Honestly I question that a lot. I prefer helping others publish than writing. I have never found writing therapeutic. I mostly do it because I keep involved with other writers. I have been told I’m a good writer but I don’t tend to think I am because I come from a very talented family who were very brilliant and I know what brilliant is and I’m not. I am always interested in how people form self confidence or believe in themselves or have egos as I have none. I tend to see people and life for what it really is and not kid myself. A lot of people seem to have over inflated egos. I like supporting those who don’t have faith in themselves and who need support because I know I’m good at that because I compensate for not having had that myself. I know it can make someone’s life so much better. I do love to read and I read as much as my work schedule allows. I cannot imagine not reading and recently getting a diagnosis of macular degeneration when I’m not even middle aged, really scared me and made me wonder if I would be blind and unable to read. People say things like: Oh well you can learn braille but I think we all fear losing our sight and it wasn’t something I was expecting at my age and along with my other physical illnesses it’s a bit of a downer, but I try to be positive and hopeful. I’m not a fan of social media which I know is a handicap but I really find social media exhausting emotionally. I would be glad to never go on it. But that said, some of the best people I have met have been via social media. I prefer face to face and old fashioned ways of doing things ideally. 

I am not a huge fan of social media either I am never confident in that setting. You say you lack self confidence but come from a very talented family, were they and are they supportive to of you. I would love to discuss this more with you in our next interview. For now let’s talk about your writing and your books.

I’m most proud of the editorial positions and concepts I’ve been involved in. I loved working on ‘We Will Not Be Silenced’. In Europe I worked in publishing then I went into Psychotherapy now I do both. I work too much. I love working helping others especially with disenfranchized subjects and people like sexual assault, metoo, racism, sexism, homophobia. I loved SMITTEN as it was for the lesbian community which I am part of. The Kali Project was about indian women and their struggles, it was a huge beast of a book and very hard work but so worthy. Both SMITTEN and Kali won Finalist in the National Indie Excellence Awards. I was so happy for the hard work we put in and those of the writers and artists. We also work on stand-alone author books. I was the editor of Devika Mathur’s book Crimson Skins and I’m working on Zinia Mitra’s first collection now. I love helping artists and authors flourish. 


Can we now discuss Indie Blu(e) and Through The Looking Glass.

This was Christine Ray’s idea and at first I wasn’t sure if it was going to work because I worried it would be too depressing. But it really has succeeded in large part because Christine rarely has a bad idea. I got really into it and began to invite people I knew to submit and it took off, we’re all so happy to be a voice for mental illness, especially as most of us have had the experience of being stigmatized. It shocks me that people are still stigmatized. Indie Blu(e) really is the best company to work for, now that I am part of the upper management I see our hard work really evidenced in the community. Our goal was never profit, but helping those disenfranchised voices have a platform. I’m so grateful to Christine and Kindra for taking me on. I have given a lot to the company because I really believe in it and what we do. We’re bringing out But You Don’t Look Sick shortly and that’s about invisible chronic illness. Ironically all three of us have chronic illnesses which makes it hard at times to juggle all that we do. In my case I work full time as well as Indie Blu(e) but have had to cut my hours because of Gastroparesis. Fortunately I am still able to work. Helping others gives me meaning. Cruel people and indifferent people take away my joy so I try to be what I want to see. 

This is so interesting Candice I am going to print where people can find you and your books. I would love you to join me again and if you are willing we could discuss how you feel about your diagnosis of macular degeneration and also the Gastroparesis. You are a beautiful and multifaceted woman and you have so much to offer.

You can find Candice Louisa Daquin on Facebook.

soundcloud.

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Candice’s Amazon page.

Day 14: Nano Poblano

Fourteen  days a fortnight

Three hundred  and  thirty  six hours

20160 minutes that’s right

129600 seconds enough to fill many  towers.

That is what is behind, the stairs  we still have to climb

These days, hours, minute and seconds we  must  fill

We must keep going  for we need to spin this time.

No  giving up no giving in our soul on to the page  we spill.

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Yea Mark!

 

JusJoJan: What shall we do now?

I should write about  Mae and the predicament I have left her and fellow travelers in

Somehow tonight I cannot concentrate  the real life  intrudes

I hate  to leave them in the lurch  it feels quite  a sin

But the real life interferes, all it’s demands, selfishness and feuds.

 

JusJoJan  has nearly run it’s  course and by the grace of God I have survived

Maybe  by the skin of my teeth but survived I have indeed

I hope that everyone  has found something to enjoy and like me some pleasure’s been derived .

So here is tonight’s offering. It may  not be Shakespeare but it is just what I need.

 

Now  with only  three days left in January

What what will be next  for us all to do

A challenge really works  well for me

So could it be  Fancy words for February , FanWoFoFeb it works for me does it work for you ?

 

Please  don’t  worry  for  Little Mae  and Polar Bear

I shall be keeping you up to date  with all the victories and their plights

Making sure you can cringe with fear when the witch of  the East draws near!

We shall all be there to witness the end and hopefully see them banish all the evil leaving only rights!!

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SO WHAT DO YOU SAY  LINDAGHILL IS IT TO BE fANWOFOFEB SAME RULES AS JUSJOJAN ?

Post on your site, and join Just Jot it January. The rules are easy!

1. It’s never too late to join in, since the “Jot it” part of JusJoJan means that anything you jot down, anywhere (it doesn’t have to be a post) counts as a “Jot.” If it makes it to WordPress that day, great! If it waits a week to get from the sticky note to your screen, no problem!
2. If you write a JusJoJan post on your blog, you can ping it back to the above link to make sure everyone participating knows where to find it.
3. Write anything!
4. Have fun!

 

Music Theme: Art

Art Theme

poetry in motion ;

Poetry in Motion” is a UK number-one single of 1961, recorded among others by Johnny Tillotson.

The song was written by Paul Kaufman (1930–1999) and Mike Anthony (born 1930), who said that the inspiration

for it came from looking up from their work and seeing a procession of young ladies from a nearby school pass by on the sidewalk outside each afternoon. Bill Porter supervised the recording session in Nashville, Tennessee, which featured saxophonist Boots Randolphand pianist Floyd Cramer. An alternative version, with King Curtis on saxophone, was recorded some weeks earlier and published by Bear Family Records in 2011. In the US Billboard Hot 100, “Poetry in Motion” peaked at number 2 in November 1960; in the U.K., it hit # 1 in January 1961 and also made the charts on reissue in 1979.

“Poetry in Motion” was also recorded by Bobby Vee as track No 8 on his 1961 album Bobby Vee and there was a cover version made titled “Pejskové se koušou” (Dogs Bite Each Other) by Czech singer Marie Pojkarová.

The song was covered by Mud in 1982  Learn more 

Mona Lisa Song by Nat King Cole : “Mona Lisa” is a popular song written by Ray Evans and Jay Livingston for the Paramount Pictures film Captain Carey, U.S.A.(1950). The title and lyrics refer to the renaissance portrait Mona Lisa painted by Leonardo da Vinci. The song won the Academy Award for Best Original Song in 1950.  Learn more 

Matchstalk men and matchstalk cats and dogs (with lyrics) : Brian & Michael are a British music duo best known for their 1978 UK number one hit single, “Matchstalk Men and Matchstalk Cats and Dogs“. Without further chart entries, they remain one-hit wonders in the UK. They comprise two members: Michael Coleman and Kevin Parrott.  Learn more 

LS Lowry has inspired two songs. Brian and Michael’s Matchstalk Men and Matchstalk Cats and Dog

is indigestibly twee, but suspend any anti-Quo prejudices because Pictures of Matchstick Men is

a stand-alone psychedelic classic.

Status Quo Pictures of Matchstick  Men

Status Quo :

Status Quo are an English rock band whose music is characterized by their distinctive brand of boogie rock.

The group originated in The Spectres, founded by schoolboys Francis Rossi and Alan Lancaster in 1962.

After a number of lineup changes, the band became The Status Quo in 1967 and Status Quo in 1969.

They have had over 60 chart hits in the UK, starting with 1967’s Psychedelic Rock hit Pictures Of Matchstick Men,

and the most recent being in 2010, which is more than any other rock group. 22 of which reached the Top 10 in the UK Singles Chart. In 1991, Status Quo received a Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music.[4]

Status Quo starred in their first feature film Bula Quo! which was released to cinemas in July 2013. The film coincided with the release of the soundtrack album Bula Quo!. The first single from the album, the track Bula Bula Quo was released in June 2013, and is Status Quo’s one hundredth single release.  More here 

 

The Night Watch  King Crimson :

King Crimson are a progressive rock band. Founded in London in 1968 by a group of musicians from western England (but featuring a transatlantic lineup from 1981 onwards), the band is widely recognised as a foundational progressive rock group despite the band’s own resistance to the label. The band has incorporated diverse influences and instrumentation during its history (including jazz and folk musicclassical and experimental musicpsychedelic rockhard rock and heavy metalNew Wavegamelanelectronica and drum and bass).

The band’s line-up has persistently altered throughout their existence, with eighteen musicians and three lyricists passing through the ranks. The only musician to appear in every line-up of the band has been founding guitarist Robert Fripp, although others’ tenures have sometimes extended for decades. Due to the number of musicians involved in King Crimson over the years (and the band’s emphasis on creativity and on recruiting high-level players) the band is at the hub of a network of other bands and projects, and has been influential to many contemporary musical artists. The band has a large following, despite garnering little radio or music video airplay.  Learn more 

The Night Watch or The Shooting Company of Frans Banning Cocq (DutchDe Nachtwacht) is the common name of one of the most famous works by Dutch painter Rembrandt van Rijn.

The painting may be more properly titled by its long since forgotten name The Company of captain Frans Banning Cocq and lieutenant Willem van Ruytenburch preparing to march out. In the 18th century the painting became known as the Night Watch. It is prominently displayed in the RijksmuseumAmsterdam, the Netherlands, as the best known painting in its collection. The Night Watch is one of the most famous paintings in the world.

Learn  more here

Duran Duran Girls on film

 

Girls on Film” is the third single by Duran Duran, released on 13 July 1981.

The single became Duran Duran’s Top 10 breakthrough in the UK Singles Chart, peaking at Number 5 in July 1981.

Its success was particularly gratifying for the band, who had personally selected it for release following the failure of its predecessor,

Careless Memories“, which had been chosen by their record company, EMI. Its popularity provided a major boost to sales of the band’s

eponymous debut album, Duran Duran, which had been released a month earlier.

The song did not chart in the United States on its initial release, but it became popular and widely known after receiving heavy airplay on

MTV when the Duran Duran album was re-issued in 1983.

Learn  more 

 

 

Regina Spektor , Us  she sings about  a statue  and it is a favourite  video and song of mine!

Us” is the fifth track from American singer Regina Spektor‘s major label debut Soviet Kitsch. It was officially released as a single in 2006 for her UK compilation album Mary Ann Meets the Gravediggers and Other Short Stories by Regina Spektor. The song is notable for its use of a string quartet in addition to Spektor’s usual piano and vocals. The song was also used in a UEFA Champions League Final montage, by ITV. This song was used in the film (500) Days of Summer. Learn  more 

 

Poetry – an original song by Holly Kirby

Who is  Holly Kirby , find out here 

 

We have had  painters, Poets , Sculptors, now Dancers.

 

 

you know who Robbie Williams  is  but who was Bo jangles :

Bill “Bojangles” Robinson (May 25, 1878 – November 25, 1949) was an American tap dancer

and actor of stage and film. Audiences enjoyed his understated style, which eschewed

the frenetic manner of the jitterbug in favor of cool and reserve; rarely did he use his upper body,

relying instead on busy, inventive feet, and an expressive face.

A figure in both the black and white entertainment worlds of his era, he is best known today for his dancing with Shirley Temple in a series of films during the 1930s, and for starring in the musical Stormy Weather (1943), loosely based on Robinson’s own life.

 

The Byrds :

 

Little Mouse and silence

Aha, but this silence was good , thought little mouse as she quietly breathed as she wrote in the house.

All alone for a while contented she sat, with a smile. No one to creep around, no to throw out a shout!   It was early evening and everyone was out.

Everyone that was except little mouse who was being herself and writing alone in the house.    No eggshells to walk on, no  broken glass. No one was arguing  what more could she ask.

Aha, but this silence was good, thought little mouse as she quietly breathed as she wrote in the house.

How much longer would the silence last, it would not last forever it is like war and peace she knows from time past.

So lets creep away and leave little mouse  to enjoy a few moments of peace alone in the house.

Silence is the loudest scream. Anonymous

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