National Poetry Month Celebration
Bio: Emmanuel "Cholo" Smith is from Cheverly Maryland. The arts have been a part of him since he was singing in the church choir at 3 and developed into what he does now. He likes to think of his work as the theory of simplexity which identifies the working relationship between simple and complex. Meaning he writes with simple and deep structures simultaneously.
The bulk of his current work is concentrated on love and Gogo; two things the DMV (D.C, Maryland, and Virginia tri-state) is all about. To learn more about “Cholo,” please visit www.CholoWrites.com.
1. Where do you draw your inspiration from to write poetry?
Poetry is all around us, like now, as I answer this question a window is right in front of me. The image of the window and the connotation of possibility is poetry. Poetry is paying attention, so I draw on my awareness as inspiration.
2. What advice do you have for someone that is threatened by poetry?
Threatened is an interesting word. That person should wield poetry as a sword to fight against or with whatever is at stake. There is power in poetry that performs as muscles do: use it more and more for more strength.
3. What is an interesting fact about you?
I am a wavering pescetarian. Meaning, I try hard to eat right but I am only human and chicken & mumbo sauce has always been good to me.
4. Where are you from/Where do you live?
Good ol' P.G County in Maryland is where I'm from and reside.
5. Who is your favorite poet?
I love poems and don't really have a favorite poet. I guess my favorite poet is my sister who unknowingly helped me discover the power of poetry with her poem "Add'em up" if it weren't for her I wouldn't be a writer. However, some poets I find highly creative are Dwayne Betts, Thomas Sayers Ellis, Bro. Yao, Langston Hughes, and the late Gil Scott-Heron.
A Poet in Action
A Poem by Cholo
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