Our first poetry spotlight is an amazing poet and author who shared poetry in our old location. Rausea Moore, forty four, is from Beloit, a small Midwest city in southern Wisconsin. He moved to Jackson Mississippi three years ago. He has published four books so far and is currently writing two more. He plans to film a short story in 2018. You can follow him on IG at Rausea
1. How many of your poems do you throw away?
None. They may lay around unfinished, but I'm not throwing ideas away lol.
2. How many poems do you have memorized?
Very few. I've always had trouble remembering mine, but I can remember every word of Special Ed I GOT IT MADE.
3. Where do you get your ideas?
Everywhere. Something will spark a rhyme and I'll jump in my phone while I have it on my mind. Anger, frustration, intense emotions bring out my best work.
4. If you could tell your younger poet spirit anything, what would it be?
Be confident. I went a long time not pursuing poetry and books because it wasn't COOL. Age and wisdom changed that train of thought.
5. How many hours a day do you write?
It varies. I may write for two hours today and not again for days. Unless I'm knee deep into finishing a novel and must meet a deadline, I usually just wait until the poems come to me.
6. Are any of your books about an ex?
I think many are inspired by situations we may have gone through or as ways to see certain situations she may have caused. None are totally inspired but some are definitely influenced by all my ex's.
7. What does poetry mean to you?
It's a way to deal with stress. I might not even write about what I'm going through, but the flow of rhyming, the words are therapy for me. Always have been.
He features at Soul Wired Cafe Saturday, January 20, 2018.