Larry Lawrence: Poet Interview

Author:
Publish date:

So as promised in the 2013 April PAD Challenge results post, I'm going to start featuring a poem and poet from the Top 25 every Friday between now and the next challenge. The first one to respond was Larry Lawrence, aka @TheAmericanPoet on Twitter.

Larry Lawrence

Larry Lawrence

Larry was born and raised in South Jersey. He left his hometown to attend Rutgers University and studied playwriting at Mason Gross School of the Arts. Currently he teaches Gifted and Talented students in several elementary schools. He has been writing and reading poems for many years. He travels frequently to locations in the Southeastern United States. Being a committed writer, avid father and devoted sports fan are essential to his life. Find him on Twitter @TheAmericanPoet or read more of his work at crownedwithlaurels.blogspot.com.

Here's his poem that made the Top 25 list:

Powerless, by Larry Lawrence

The hurricane hits, but without power no one sees
lost lives, streets flood, cars wash away, homes burn.
Darkness across the state, downed wires, fallen trees.
The hurricane hits, but without power no one sees.
No choice as waves rise, the entire neighborhood flees.
It's dangerous living near water, a hard lesson to learn.
The hurricane hits, but without power no one sees
lost lives, streets flood, cars wash away, homes burn.

*****

Where are you located?

New Jersey.

Who are your favorite poets?

Bukowski, Neruda, and Mary Oliver are my big three.

As a reader, what do you like most in poems?

A poem works for me when I feel myself nodding in agreement with the scenario, the mood, the vibe. Maybe I'm selfish, but I want to relate to the poet's experience and know how they felt when writing it. I need that connection.

What were your goals for the 2013 April PAD Challenge?

I think the most important thing is not to expect each poem to be a home run. Rather the Challenge for me has always been to get up, get moving and get writing.

What's next for you?

I wrote on my Twitter page, "getting published one poem at a time." I truly need to go through the hundreds of pieces I've written and make a valiant effort to get a book published.

*****

Get your poetry published!

Learn how the 2014 Poet's Market can help you do just that with hundreds of listings for book publishers, online and print publications, contests, grants, and more!

Click to continue.

*****

Robert Lee Brewer is Senior Content Editor for the Writer's Digest Writing Community and author of Solving the World's Problems (Press 53). He runs poem-a-day challenges on this blog during the months of April and November. Follow him on Twitter @robertleebrewer.

*****

Here are some more poetic posts:

6 Books Perfect for Fall Reading

6 Books Perfect for Fall Reading

Whether you're looking for something cozy or a little spooky, these books are perfect for the fall season.

NaNoWriMo: To Prep or Not to Prep?

NaNoWriMo: To Prep or Not to Prep?

When it comes to a 30 day writing challenge like NaNoWriMo, do you need to prep beforehand to achieve success? Well, that might depend on what kind of writer you are.

Sarah Echavarre Smith: On Going for the Out-There Ideas

Sarah Echavarre Smith: On Going for the Out-There Ideas

Copywriter and author Sarah Echavarre Smith discusses the process of writing her new romance novel, On Location.

Poetry Prompt

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 583

Every Wednesday, Robert Lee Brewer shares a prompt and an example poem to get things started on the Poetic Asides blog. This week, write a fall poem.

5 Thrilling Adventure Terms Every Writer Should Know (And Why)

5 Thrilling Adventure Terms Every Writer Should Know (And Why)

For over a decade, author Joshua Glenn has been researching adventure-related terms. Now, he's sharing what he's learned for other writers to add to their lexicon.

Moral Compass

Moral Compass

Every writer needs a little inspiration once in a while. For today's prompt, write about someone with an unfailing moral compass.

Daniel Levin Becker: On the Forgotten Art of Letter Writing

Daniel Levin Becker: On the Forgotten Art of Letter Writing

Author, translator, and editor Daniel Levin Becker discusses his hopes for future letter writing like those featured in the new anthology, Dear McSweeney's: Two Decades of Letters to the Editor from Writers, Readers, and the Occasional Bewildered Consumer.

e.g. vs. i.e. (Grammar Rules)

e.g. vs. i.e. (Grammar Rules)

Let's look at the differences between e.g. and i.e. with Grammar Rules from the Writer's Digest editors, including a few examples of correct usages.

20 Authors Share Their Biggest Surprise in the Writing Process

20 Authors Share Their Biggest Surprises in the Writing Process

Experienced writers know to expect the unexpected. Here are surprises in the writing process from 20 authors, including Amanda Jayatissa, Paul Neilan, Kristin Hannah, and Robert Jones, Jr.