Taisha Cooke: Poet Interview

It’s time for another Top 25 poet interview from the April PAD Challenge (playing a little catch up after the holiday season). For this round, we have Taisha Cooke, who wrote a short, but very effective poem titled “Bad Timing.”

Taisha Cooke

Taisha Cooke

Taisha was born and currently resides in Philadelphia. After working on a degree in psychology, she changed her major to English. She currently attends Saint Joseph’s University and works with individuals that have severe and persistent mental illnesses. She began writing at the age of 10 and started taking an interest in poetry during high school. She enjoys reading poetry, as well as anything related to the mind. Her other passions are cars and music. Find her on Google +Taisha.

Here’s her Top 25 poem:

Bad Timing, by Taisha Cooke

At the first moment
when I never want you back,
you walk through the door.


Where are you located?


Who are your favorite poets?

I enjoy a little bit of the old and new. I love Walt Whitman and Saul Williams.

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

I think that a poem should be able to relate and move you. You know, when you get that perfect line that expresses exactly how you feel and it makes you think, “I couldn’t have put it more perfectly.”

What were your goals for the 2013 April PAD Challenge?

My goal for the challenge was to get my creative mind going. Knowing that I had to write every day was intimidating but it forced me to face my fear and helped me get better as I went on.

What’s next for you?

I’m going to continue growing as a writer and work on being published more in the future.


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Robert Lee Brewer is Senior Content Editor of the Writer’s Digest Writing Community and author of Solving the World’s Problems. Follow him on Twitter @robertleebrewer.


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5 thoughts on “Taisha Cooke: Poet Interview

  1. drwasy

    I love the brevity of your poem, the no-holds barred wording. And like PressOn says above, the ambiguity adds that delightful twist of tension. Congratulations on making the Top 25! Peace…

  2. PressOn

    I recall that, when I read your poem during the challenge, I wondered whose timing was bad. That lingering quality helped make it memorable for me. I thought it was well done, therefore, and I too am glad to :meet” the person who wrote it. Congratulations.


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