SENTINEL POETRY
ONLINE MAGAZINE MONTHLY  ISSUE #11 OCTOBER 2003  ISSN 1479-425X

Contents

JOSEF LESSER
Six Poems

OBIORA UDECHUKWU
About The Poet

Poems from Portraits and Landscapes

Poems from What The madman Said

SUNDRA
Interview: My E-Conversation with Sundra by Nnorom Azuonye

Six Poems

LINKS
Notes on contributors

Past issues

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MY E-CONVERSATION WITH SUNDRA
By Nnorom Azuonye

I like to think that my voice is
unique - besides, to quote Sylvia Plath,
"the right of interpretation is always
with the reader."
- Sundra


As I scour through poetry publications, reviews and venues in London to feed my own appetite as well as to find fresh faces and voices for the Sentinel Poetry (online) magazine, the name SUNDRA keeps getting louder all the time. Described as a lyrical alchemist in her own profile, her poetry is deemed to be renowned for its inbuilt wit, passion, and intelligence. Known primarily as a performance poet, and she is popular on the poetry circuit due to the charm and confidence with which she delivers every performance, Sundra has taken her work further by releasing her first collection of poems entitled "Starchild" which appears to have been received with enthusiasm as some these comments suggest:

"Sundra draws inspiration from the rich diversity of London and the subtleties of human emotions." - Yvonne Gordon (Wandsworth Guardian Sept. 18, 2003), 


"…reading this collection makes me want to meet Sundra and talk about poetry…" - Francesca Beard, Poet

"A great read - touching, funny, precise, and well written…"
- Kat Francois, Poet and Actress

"…a talented young woman, who combines clever play of words with emotion, fluency, thought  and dare we say, good poetry."
- Isaac Hamza, Editor - Asian Times

"...uncontrived and honest as she walks us through the complex maze of twenty-first century life. With this poetry you needn't feel alone." - Peter Johnson, Editor - The Scriberazone

I had planned to attend the launch party of Starchild on Monday, 29th of September at Willesden Green Library, unfortunately I could not make it, however, I was able to snatch a short electronic chat with Sundra over the weekend:

Nnorom Azuonye (NA): Hello again, Sundra, I am glad that you are able to squeeze out the time between your performances this weekend and the launch of Starchild on Monday, for this quick chat. Let's go back to the basics. What is your full name?

Sundra (S): Sundra.

NA: I see. I have heard your name pronounced as Soon-dra, and sometimes Sun-dra. Which one is correct, and what does it mean?

S: The name is pronounced Sun'dra or in true Sanskrit pronunciation Santhera - which means beautiful.
 
NA: You live and work in London, England. Tell me a little about your roots.
 
S: My parents are originally from Ceylon. But I was born and bred in north west London
 
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