In Their Own Words
This is an interview I did with Theron Kennedy at www.teampoetry.com
What is an Artist?
An artist is someone who captures an emotion in what they do. In my opinion, anyone can be an artist, from painter, to fashion designer, to an architect. If you are able to turn emotion into something tangible, then you have just created art. Some make a career of being an artist while others practice it at their leisure, being an artist doesn’t require you to clock in and out. I LOVE that about being an artist.
What are your passions?
Faith, knowledge, and art. My faith is a big part of who I am and determines a large amount of my character. I don’t try to push what I have faith in on others, I hate that. I think everyone believes in something and that combined with the knowledge they acquire determines the direction of their life. Knowledge really is POWER, it just takes courage to use the power that you have when it may not be the most popular thing to do. Art… hmm… I just love it! I mean, I honestly don’t think I could put in to words what I think art does for society.
What are your favorite styles of poetry? What are your favorite styles to write in?
I mostly write without form, so I would have to say that it’s my favorite style of poetry. I try not to force what I write. I admire those who are able to capture the emotions of poetry, not only in words, but also through the use of form. Form is a task I have not yet mastered. I would love to one day be able to write a ballad, tanka, or a haiku, but I want it to come from my heart, not just from practice.
Who are your favorite poets and have they influenced you? How?
My favorite poets would have to be Robert Frost and Langston Hughes. These poets both showed a talent when it came to expression. Everything I could ever dream of expressing in my work, they did. These two writers give me something to shoot for! I remember my first time reading “The Road Not Taken” by Frost, it spoke to me! Then a friend gave me the poem as a gift when I left for college and while I was in college I was assigned this poem to read allowed from memory and then give a speech on its meaning. I can only hope to have a poem read by a 15 year old boy almost a 100 years after I wrote it and it still touch his life the way that poem did mine.
When did you start writing?
At 13 I started writing rap songs and then of course I started to want to impress girls so I turned rap into poetry. I would love to sit here and tell some profound story of how I started writing but that is the truth… LOL.
Why do you write?
As I wrote poetry, I found my self being able to express my feelings not just about girls, but about life. Writing somehow became an outlet. No matter what was going on, a calm place was with my pen in hand. As I matured, that soothing feeling grew even more, allowing me to be better at leaving my feelings in my writing. Writing is the one thing that I do, not to be better than my peers or for financial gains, but for the peace and sense of completion it gives me.
Where are you from?
New Orleans, Louisiana! A place with a deep culture, great food, and great people. Also home to the best football team in the NFL.. WHO DAT!?!
What inspires you?
EMOTION …if I feel it in my heart, I write it.
Have you discovered what is unique in your voice as a poet?
I believe that as a poet my voice is that you can hear my heart beat in my words. At least, that is my ambition. If I am able to be remembered forever, I want it to be because I was able to put into words what the heart of every human being says.
The Link to my Interview is http://www.teampoetry.com/2011_12_02_archive.html
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