A Man with a Beautiful Mind
Q: Thinking about your life and career, do you have any setbacks?
Q: When life strikes us down, many of us become more bitter, angrier, more frustrated, and tend to shrink into misery. But you, Mr. Cooper, remain a person in love with life, in love with love – in spite of its price, in love with animals and your surroundings, even when “everything moves towards chaos” you are able to see “little girls dressed up for Easter like hibiscus flowers…” (Those two lines are taken from the poem “Self-Circumference.”) How do you explain that positive outlook that you have.
Q: Thank you. This is a powerful message. The other thing that I love about your poetry is that wonderful sense of humor that makes us laugh in spite of the seriousness of the situation, like in the poem “Broken” where you can see yourself being mugged by a six year old, or in “Absolutely” about your uncle who “lived and died in pure absoluteliness….” I can see you having fun while writing those lines.
Q: All the admirers of your poetry are impatient to see your second book. Can you tell us if it’s coming soon.
Q: At the end of this interview, please tell us what are you working on and what are your publishing goals?
Sonya Sabanac was born in the former Yugoslavia, City of Sarajevo. She graduated from Law School in her native town and immigrated to California in 1994 in the aftermath of civil war in her country. Though a passionate reader all her life, she only started writing in her late forties. Ms. Sabanac is a member of Los Angles Westside Women Writers Group. Her poems appeared in San Gabriel Valley Poetry Quarterly, Magnapoets, Poetic Diversity and the Anthology about Immigrant Women, “Shifting Balance Sheets” that also published her memoir “How I Decided To Go A Little Crazy.”