A Writer’s Struggle
Tonight I don’t want to write
I don’t want my pen to bleed ink
Putting life into this paper
Flowing out secrets I can’t bare to whisper
Tonight I don’t want to write
I don’t want to flash back on my life
How empty I feel it’s been
How my smiles have deceived even my closest friends
How I was searching for things that I felt I needed
Even though these things I couldn’t come close to naming
I don’t want sympathy
Folks running up to me saying you poor thing
All the while whispering making it all in vain
Tonight I just don’t want to write
But I can’t stop my heart flowing through this pen
Possessed is my hand
A soul trapped within
Refusing to stop until it’s all out
A voice unrecognized even by me
Shouting screaming unto this paper before me
Tonight I have no choice but to write
About the Poet
Born in Hopkinsville, Kentucky, Vulyncia Poindexter spent most of her life writing, not only to cope but to also connect with those around her, drawing specifically to poetry because she felt there were never any limitations. Going to school to pursue her dream of becoming a psychologist Vulyncia has obtained her Associate’s degree in Science and is currently working on her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Never putting the pen down, in April of 2012 she released her first book of poetry and personal thoughts on life called “Timeless Clock,” a message embodied in the truth that everyone goes through something because life, love, cheating, and sex is timeless. Through her book she inspires people not only to recognize their dreams but to not be ashamed of who they are and understand what makes them happy. Vulyncia Poindexter lives in Hopkinsville with her children.
UBAWA: When did you first realize your attraction to poetry?
Vulyncia: I first realized my attraction to poetry at a very early age although I didn't take it that serious. I have been writing poetry since the age of 15 of course and at that age I didn't know what I was doing; I just knew it was an outlet. As I got older it was something I turned into a habit; every chance I got I was writing little things here and there. I knew the attraction to poetry was more than a hobby when I could never resist the urge to write no matter what was going on.
UBAWA: Tell us about the very first poem you have ever written
Vulyncia: The very first poem I ever wrote was a poem called "My Life." It wasn't in the normal structure of a single column poem; it was written in paragraph form. I was real upset and felt alone, even with two sisters. I felt my oldest sister was too old to relate and my youngest sister was too young to understand. It was really a venting poem as I went on to explain how my life wasn't like other kids and why couldn't I be free to live my life as I seen the other kids doing. I didn’t dress like they did because it was "My Life"
UBAWA: Do you have a favorite poet? If so, who is he/she?
Vulyncia: I actually have several favorite poets - Frank X Walker, Jasmine Mans, Dana Gilmore just to name a few.
UBAWA: When you’re writing poetry, do you think in terms of genre?
Vulyncia: I've never thought in terms genre, I just allow whatever to come to mind to come out.
UBAWA: Some people say writing poetry is like writing a rap or love song. Do you agree? Why/why not?
Vulyncia: Yes I've always said poetry is a song without the music. True music is about the lyrics and actually saying something, and not hiding behind a good beat. The same thing goes for great poetry which is about saying something and connecting to people who read it.
UBAWA: Are there certain styles/techniques/rules of poetry you adhere to in your writing? Tell us about your writing style.
Vulyncia: There is one thing I've never done when writing and that is title my poems before I finish them; and I don't read anything until after I'm done. I feel like it restricts me and distracts me because I’m constantly worried about the title or if it ties in. Other than that I have no real writing style-sometimes it rhymes sometimes it doesn't.
UBAWA: What poetry books have you written?
Vulyncia: I released my first poetry book called "Timeless Clock" in April of 2012
UBAWA: Have you performed any of your poetry pieces on stage? If so, please share your experience(s) with us.
Vulyncia: No I would love to one day but not as of yet.
UBAWA: What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think of love?
Vulyncia: Never getting old, never getting dull, and never-ending. Rarely felt but often used, and mistaken when it’s really infatuation and lust.
UBAWA: Are you currently dating someone, married, or single?
Vulyncia: I'm currently single
UBAWA: Do you think success is a matter of chance or a matter of choice?
Vulyncia: Success is a matter of choice and chance; you choose to take the chance to put yourself out there to get everything that you truly want, but it definitely starts with you making that choice.
UBAWA: Inspiration for a new poem can come from the strangest places. What inspired you to write your most recent poem?
Vulyncia: People sometimes say they got bit by "the writing bug;" well I get that all the time. I might be in the bed tired to the world and something comes to me and I have to write it down. One night I was just so tired and I wanted to write so bad but at the same time I tried to fight it. I spent an hour looking for a pen because I couldn't resist the urge, thus "A Writer's Struggle" was penned.
UBAWA: If you could go back and “right” any past wrong in your life, which one would it be and why?
Vulyncia: I really have nothing in my past that I would "right" because everything I've been through has made me who I am and if I was to take even the smallest thing away I may not be where I am or have even half the accomplishments that I do have.
UBAWA: When you’re not writing, what are you doing?
Vulyncia: Reading or working on furthering my education in psychology.
UBAWA: There’s a lot that goes on behind the scenes of a poet’s life, fill us in on what one typical day for you is like.
Vulyncia: Getting up and getting my kids who are 8 and 4 dressed for school. Since the oldest is in preschool I take four hours to transfer whatever I've written on paper to computer. Then it’s school work when my youngest gets off the bus - that way she feels we're doing it together. I’ll have lunch made for the girls by the time the oldest gets off at 3, and complete any other school work. Then it’s dinner by 5-6, kids in bed, then off to work by 11.
UBAWA: If you could create the “perfect day,” what would it be like?
Vulyncia: Me writing all day long with no interruptions, no errands to run, just me and my pen, and some nice R&B playing from my kindle.
UBAWA: What do you do on the weekends?
Vulyncia: Weekends typically are anything goes days. The kids and I usually play the WII watch movies do laundry, and cook one meal together of their choice, either breakfast, lunch, or dinner
UBAWA: Do you hang out or go to clubs?
Vulyncia: Hanging out for me is going to my friend's house or them coming to mine. I get to cooking and maybe a have a little wine, and then have fun with the kids.
UBAWA: If you could visit any other country in the world and take one other person with you, where would you go and who would you take?
Vulyncia: I would visit Europe and I would take one of my best friends who lived overseas before.
UBAWA: Tell us about one challenge in life that you had to overcome. What was the challenge and how did you get through it?
Vulyncia: One challenge I've had to overcome in my life was getting pregnant right when I graduated high school. A lot of people expressed their disappointment to me and didn't hide the fact they didn't think I would make anything out of myself. I got over it by doing what I did best - turn to writing and enrolling in school despite being told at times I needed to quit and focus more on money.
UBAWA: Before you leave, tell us one thing about yourself that we may not know.
Vulyncia: I wasn't going to actually go forward with trying to be published but watching my mom get real sick and then pass away made me realize I wanted to be able to look back on my life and say I have no regrets and I never missed an opportunity. I was tired of wasting time when I had so many things I wanted to explore.
UBAWA: Do you host contests or giveaways?
Vulyncia: Not at this time but I will soon
UBAWA: Any upcoming events that we should know about?
Vulyncia: None at this moment but I will definitely keep everyone posted
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