I fell in love with poetry in High School, specifically Grade 9, I was about 15-years-old. My English teacher had much to do with this new found love and helped me nurture it in her own quirky ways.
A greater emphasis was on Shakespeare and his sonnets, but I was particularly drawn to E.E. Cummings. Cummings’ writing style was unusual and at the time, difficult to comprehend which only made me fixate on it even more. The poem that drove me crazy, in a good way, was r-p-o-p-h-e-s-s-a-g-r. Once I finally figured out what was going on with it, Cummings become my favourite poet. I went on to read more of his poetry and i thank You God for this most amazing become favourite piece throughout High School and early University.
Sooner than later, I discovered more poets — African, WOC, POC and the journey goes on. Some of my current favorites include; Alexandra Elle, Yrsa Daley-Ward, Nayyirah Waheed, Warsan Shire, Tapiwa Mugabe, Ruby Franciso, Rupi Kaur, Lang Leav, Key Ballah, and the classics – Maya Angelou, Tupac Shakur and still E.E. Cummings.
Have a read of some of my poetry inspired by a variety of things, tangible and intangible. I hope it moves you in some way or another. Enjoy.