Andrea R M Fletcher
New York, USA
Why write poetry, Poet?
I started writing poems in April of 2002. I had no interest in writing
before then, but, always was fond of reading. Poetry is a safeguard for me.
It rescued me from reality at the time. I must write because I enjoy the
spiritual aspect of writing, it calms my soul.
How did you get started writing poetry?
The first poem I ever wrote was "Who Cares Lord." I had just woken up in the
middle of the night, as I could not sleep. This poem came about as I thought
about my deceased Aunt, how much I missed her and hoped that she was with
me, and what would she have me say. Then it clicked, "Who Cares Lord." I
questioned the thoughts, who cares about what, Lord. What should I say?
Please help me Lord! Then shortly after, I started reciting the words. I
hopped from the bed and jumped on my computer and started typing. After I
was done I questioned myself: "What did I just do here? Did I write a poem?
Who were your influences?
My favorite poets to read and listen to are Maya Angelou, Jamaica Kincaid,
Dylan Thomas, Langston Hughes, Walt Whitman, Theodore Roethke, William
Blake, Gregory Corso, Adrienne Rich, Sharon Olds, Anne Sexton, Sylvia Plath,
Denise Levertov, Robert Kelly, and Robert Frost. Just to name a few.
Examples of Poetry
Who are the Scots?
Alistair Forbes-Mackay (1878 - 1914) Navy surgeon who reached the Magnetic South Pole (as part of Shackleton's expedition) in 1909, three years before Amundsen and Scott reached the Geographic South Pole.