Danielle Duncan/Indigo Skye/Dani Skye – Feeling Good with a Glass of Muscato

From Cuss Words to Shocking Subtlety with Danielle Duncan/Dani Skye

St. Louis Poet and Spoken Word Artist Danielle DuncanHello Watchers and Listeners and welcome to another Northern Lights’ Books’ Author Interview Plunge.

Today is another first for us; we’re talking with Spoken Word Artist, Stage Performer and Poet Danielle Duncan who performs under the stage name Dani Skye. Danielle/Dani is not our first poet and she’s a triple threat none-the-less.

If I want to do something I’m going to find the time to do it


Danielle/Dani’s published works include OPEN LETTER, BROKEN FLOWER: BITTERSWEET, IN REPAIR AND FULLY RESTORED VOLUME I and LOTUS: BITTERSWEET, IN REPAIR AND FULLY RESTORED VOLUME II. All poetry and she’s started a new short story called “Over 30 & A Decade Single”. Everybody, please give Danielle Duncan aka Dani Skye a big round of applause for taking part in our exciting adventure.

When I’m writing poetry I get an idea and write it down. When I’m writing a story a lot more work goes into it

 
Danielle Duncan/Dani Skye’s bio
Self-published Author Indigo Skye hails from Saint Louis, Missouri. She has been writing poetry, short stories and song lyrics since she was 13-years-old. At 17, James won her first award for a poem entitled, “Permanent Lover”, named Honorable Mention with Illiad Press. At 19 she entered a songwriting contest for Edlee Music and won Songwriter of the Month for a poem transitioned into a song called, “Someone You Don’t Love.”

One day I’m going to write a story with a male main character

 
While attending Benedict College in Columbia, South Carolina as a Mass Communications major, she performed spoken word with the literary campus group, BCARTI (Benedict College Art Intelligencia). Her growing fan base among her peers twice landed her a spot with Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity sponsored Open-Mic Black/Gold.

In December 2015, Indigo Skye self-published her first book, a collection of poetry written from 2010-2015 entitled, “Broken Flower: Bittersweet, In Repair & Fully Restored Volume 1” and in March 2016 released the follow-up, “Lotus Volume 2 and Erotica Avenue: Love & Lust Poems”, are all currently available on Amazon.

I’m a director making a movie when I’m writing a story

 
Dani and I talked about the differences between poetry and prose, writing as catharsis, letting women know they’re not alone, preparing for performances, stage productions, her first showcase, the magic of two to four in the morning, working with the magic story fairy, hearing music nobody else can hear, mapping out a career, translating her short stories and poetry into stage plays and movies (LifeTime, watch out!), the use of vulgarity for shock value versus because it adds to the piece, the art of making an audience comfortable, and staying connected.

I’m writing this so women will know they’re not alone in this kind of situation

 
The Interview

I don’t want to come off being a diva

 
Danielle Duncan/Dani Skye’s Links
Danielle/Dani’s website
Danielle/Dani on Amazon
Watch Dani on YouTube
Watch her trailer on Facebook
Friend and follow her on Facebook and Instagram

People are always asking me “How did you come up with that?”

 
Two Poems by Danielle Duncan/Dani Skye

TIGHT ROPE


MUST FOCUS….
CONCENTRATE…
DON’T FALL…
DON’T MESS UP…
EVERYONE IS LOOKING…
LISTENING…
DON’T SLIP UP…
SMILE…
DON’T CRY…
CAN’T SHOW VULNERABILITY…
HE OFFENDED ME…
PLAY COOL…
DON’T SHOW YOUR CRAZY…
MUST BE PERFECT…
MUST BE PERFECT…
STEADY…
STEADY…
BREATHE…
DON’T FALL APART…
EVERYONE IS DEPENDING ON YOU…
KEEP IT TOGETHER…
KEEP IT TOGETHER…
BE STRONG…
I CAN’T…
I’M SCARED…
I’M FALLING APART…
SOMETHING’S WRONG WITH ME…
SOMETHING’S WRONG WITH ME…
I’M SLIPPING…
CAN’T TELL ANYONE ‘BECAUSE THEY WON’T UNDERSTAND…
NO ONE CARES…
SOMEONE HOLD ME AND TELL ME EVERYTHING IS GONNA BE ALRIGHT…
I CAN’T STOP THESE TEARS…
IT HURTS…
MY BODY ACHES…
It’s GETTING DARK…
WALLS CLOSING IN…
ANXIETY KICKING IN HIGH GEAR…
HELP…HELP…HELP ME GET OFF THIS TIGHT ROPE….

All my good ideas come between two and four in the morning

 

FACE THE WORLD

I lay in my bed,
5:15 am my alarm clock goes off,
A single teardrop rolls onto my pillowcase,
Its dark and the room is cold,
This bed remains empty,
My eyes closed trying to block out the memories of yesterday,
I don’t want to get out of bed,
Just want to stay under the covers,
I don’t want to face the world today,
I just want to wallow in my sorrows for a minute,
How long will I suffer in silence,
This shit is for the birds,
Losing sleep,
Can’t eat,
Pains in my body,
I feel like I’m dying inside slowly,
Wish I could run away,
I walk into the room and it feels everyone knows about our secrets,
I feel small,
Like an outsider
Something inside of me has changed,
I’m not the same woman I used to be,
Who am I now?
Soul searching,
My vision is blurry,
Can’t see straight,
This is scary not knowing what road to travel,
I feel like I’m going crazy,
I don’t want to face the world today,
Not ready to let go,
But I don’t want to hold on,
Stuck in neutral,
Trying not to look at your picture,
Feels like I’m backsliding,
Trying to erase the very existence of you away,
Hate that I love you so much,
But you are no good for me,
I miss your touch,
I need you to hold me right now like you used to,
Kiss my pain away,
The thought of you kills me,
Your smile,
My heart aches so badly,
Why did you have to make me fall for you so hard,
It’s a done deal,
Can’t trust you anymore,
Thought you were my soulmate,
Imperfectly perfect for me I thought you were,
So just for today I will stay in the darkness,
Allowing the beautiful sadness to comfort me,
Because I don’t want to face the world today…..

Don’t give up. I get moments I get frustrated. Tell yourself, You ain’t giving up!

 

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