National Poetry Month Celebration
I am the middle son born in the middle passage, I live to bless mics, I write to maintain my sanity. I speak because that is my Divine Purpose.
I am The Poetry Man, and if I wasn't; then why would I say I am? They call me a Street Preacher, I tell them that I'm just a P.O.E.T. - defined as Profound Orator, Elevated Thinker!" ~ Christopher 'Poetry Man' Fields
Poetry Man's style is a hybrid of the Church, the Classroom, and the Corner. Equally comfortable in the basement or the penthouse, he bends words to penetrate and overcome all barriers to effective communication.
If you could blend the DNA of a Minister, a Student, and Street Scholar with that of an Inquistive Child, gifted with the courage to dream and the boldness to pursue it, and the audacity to believe it, then you have the recipe to create The Poetry Man.
Where do you draw your inspiration from to write poetry?
My inspiration comes from "life" - I can hear a word that triggers a thought, or witness an event that ignites the creative process. I try to remain open to what the Universe wants to send through me. My fellow Poets/Writers inspire me as well -- with their words of course,
but also in what and how they make me feel when I hear them deliver their message.
What advice do you have for someone that is threatened by poetry?
If you're not afraid of your own reflection in a mirror, or your shadow on a sunny day, then you have nothing to fear from Poetry. Embrace the emotion that Poetry inspires -- That feeling is Life as it should be experienced.
What is an interesting fact about you?
Due to chronic back pain issues, I had to have my lower spine fused to correct it. I'm partially bionic… lol
Where are you from / Where do you live?
I'm originally from Elyria, Ohio - 30 minutes west of Cleveland. I now live in NW DC (Takoma)
Who is your favorite poet?
My favorite "Poet" is Nikki Giovanni - but I draw inspiration from Poets such as Grandmaster Mele Mel, Common, Lauryn Hill, Jill Scott, Loaded Lux… and my Expressions Family as well - They are gifted beyond words.