"I'm a woman, phenomenally - phenomenal woman, that's me!" (Phenomenal Woman by Maya Angelou). What does it take to be a phenomenal woman? How does a phenomenal woman express herself? Does she scream!? Does she cry? Does she withdraw, become silent, meditate? Does she pray? YES! She does it all through POETRY POWER. Read on as Examiner's Chicago Life Coach interviews a Phenomenal Chicago Poet:
Examiner: "What is Poetry?"
Superindigo Blue: "Poetry uses forms and conventions to suggest differential interpretations to words or to evoke emotive responses. Poetry is Freedom! Poetry allows me to express my thoughts thoroughly without being interrupted. Poetry elicits drama, comedy, and pain. Poetry can be intricate movements of the mind or sweet melodic alphabets arranged in words that rest in the ears and minds of the reader."
Examiner: "What inspired you to do poetry?"
Superindigo Blue: "I was never inspired to be a poet. Writing my thoughts on paper was a way to express my PAIN. I would write these long expressions of myself and share them with friends. One day my best friend said: 'Do you realize this is your gift?' That day, a POET was born."
Examiner: "Do you think there is Power in Poetry? Please explain."
Superindigo Blue: "Yes!! The power in poetry is amazing. Poetry is a love ballad or a rap. Tupac, Emenim and Sonya Sanchez are my favorite poets. Why? Words are my drug of choice. Poets inject their souls, hearts, and experiences into bars or lines of expressions that rescue some and fuel others. Whether it's a down pouring of blades ripping a love gone wrong or tap dancing of joy that refreshes minds; poetry is soul food."
Examiner: "Share something about yourself as it relates to Empowerment in your life as a poet."
Superindigo Blue: "Poetry saved my LIFE!!! I am a survivor of rape. Poetry allowed me to pour myself into buckets of pain that I couldn't express to anyone. Poetry allowed me to heal slowly. Through writing, I forgave the thief that stole a part of me that I will never regain; but build anew over time. Poetry was there when I became a single mom of two babies at the age of 22. Poetry was my blanket during my domestic abuse; and YES poetry was there when there were more bills than money. Poetry gave me the rope I needed to reconnect with God once again. So, in essence, Poetry is the catnip that releases my alter ego... She might be Poetic, Deeper, or Superindigo Blue. Whomever you may get, you will not forget Her...Me...She...(laughter).
Examiner: "Please share with our readers, 3-4 tips for writing a poetry masterpiece."
- Write everyday at least 2 hours.
- Your Words - Your Rules!
- Always have someone read your work you trust. Being a writer is a gift; but most writers need an editor.
- Finally, if you love writing and expressing yourself through words, IT'S ALWAYS A MASTERPIECE.
The moral of this story? Have confidence in who you are. Don't let life experiences rape, rob, and abuse you. Embrace yourself with pride - past, present, and future. Find a way to defeat those tribulations and heal. Remember Superindigo Blue's testimony; and remember POETRY POWER!