Darrick Williams, Founder:
UnControlled Pen Writers of Words
Born and lived: Mississippi, Delta
Lived: Atlanta, Georgia
Current: Dallas, Texas
Credentials: Life, its guarantees to qualify you.
Personal Q & A from Darrick Williams
Q. Who am I?
A. I am the same as you, I am a Writer of Words. I enjoy the artistry of poetry, the unscripted life story, the painting artist and drawer, photography and the quoted wisdom. I feel all these forms of artistry are equally imperative to be amassed and deciphered by the Writer of Words. Although artistry such as photography, painting, and drawing are visual, I feel just as the word must create a visual picture; likewise the visual picture must create the word. UnControlled Pen represents artistry that has been created outside the lines of too many rules.
Now does this means that we are against rules that have been set as a standard by the great Writers of Words before us? No, not at all; if we are to create what they have created, then their rules must be utilized. Yet, if the artistry is of ones own path, then the rules cannot be applied. We mustn’t forget, a rule doesn’t come before the creation, but after the artistry becomes, and have brought forth lines in which to stay in.
However, If we are to take the artistry that the Great Writers of Words of old have set before us and make better, indeed the line of the rule must be followed initially, then must be crossed. If each generation never set a new standard, then how can we as a people advance? Who am I? I am the same as you; I am a Writer of Words, and our Pens are Uncontrolled.
Q. What type of poetry do you like?
A. Three letters one word, “All” Prose, Poetry, Lyrical, Free verse, Haiku, etc.
Q. Why do you think the lyrical poem is a hard sell in today’s market?
A. Well, many would say that all poetry is a hard sell in today’s market. However, one particular problem I see with the lyrical poem/poet is keeping the lyrical poem from becoming a nursery rhyme. The lyrical poem is a difficult art form to perfect, you must not allow the reader to predict what is coming next. It must always have the element of surprise.
Q. Do you have a particular type/style of poems you like to write?
A. I write a lot of lyrical poems of course, but I’m a Writer of Words, so I amass all the information that is first needed before I tell the story. The story could be told in prose, lyrical poem, free verse or etc.. I feel you should never sit down and force a poem into form, if so, it’s not ready. Doing this may produce a prose poem, when the story indeed may sound better as a lyrical poem and so forth.
Q.What about the Poets who only write one style of poems?
A. Well, it may be a personal preference, but I feel as Writers of Words we should never limit ourselves to one format/style. If we are to reach the masses, I think we should be able to transcribe in at least two different formats/styles. It’s not so much a job/hobby, but a responsibility. Its almost as if we must speak multiple languages of poetry.
Q. How do you prepare yourself to write, do you have a certain time of day or setting you like?
A. I like a dimmed room, maybe incense burning with music playing. I listen to Bob Marley, Chinese Traditional radio, and maybe some Jazz. As far as the time goes, I work a full-time job, so on weekdays it varies, but I do a great deal of writing on the weekends. When I write poetry I sit down and type, and whatever word first typed, that is starts the poem. I have no ideal where it’s going or when it will end.
When you’ve amassed the full story, all you need to do is transcribe it. If you have to struggle with the first line in your poem, it is not ready to be transcribe. As a Writers of Words, you shouldn’t have to force any word to be, but only transcribe with a perfected technique.
Q. How do you know a poem is finished?
A. I smile upon this question, I tell you. A poem is finished when you’ve exceeded the knowledge you have at that present time. Just when you assume a poem is finish, you leave it for about two weeks to a month only to come back to see that it’s not. What has happen is you have heard or seen something new, you have gained more knowledge that could be an enlightenment to the poem.
This is why it is imperative to amassed the full story before you try to write it. Now, when the same has happen and you have amassed the full story, then the technique is lacking. Technique could consist of one or two words that may need to be changed or taken out. It could be punctuation, line breaks, or the title. When all of this is done, you must print your work out and read it aloud as many times possible, then have someone read it to you as many times possible. If the technique is lacking, it can destroy a story that needs to be told. Although everyone has a story to tell, not everyone is able to transcribe it proficiently. If you are one of the ones who can, your must be able to transcribe it with a clarifying technique.
To keep myself focus on these principles, I often remind myself about the story of the boy who once told his friends that his father couldn’t read. A little time later, he found out that his father at that time was only trying to read a poorly written article. We as a people are quick to judge, and mistakes has become unacceptable. So whatever we aspire to do, we must strive for perfection, and just maybe we’ll do it well.
Q. What is the one thing all poems should have?
A. Wow, well I’ll say this, a great title and a great beginning is imperative for a reader to give the poem a chance. I don’t think a title should be in the first line of a poem. I know the great poets of old have done this, but without the element of surprise, I feel we will lose the reader. As soon as the reader comes across the title in the poem, the reader’s mind is in need of something else to hold on to.
Everything is based on the element of surprise. From experience alone, the reader’s mind will try to fill in the next verse, and if it doesn’t differ, the reader could lose interest. Also, the first three lines of a poem should begin to tell your story in a non-complex way. If the reader doesn’t understand the sign at the beginning of the tunnel, why would they venture further.
Q. Who are some of your favorite poets?
A. Favorite, I have a favorite food, drink, movie and even a favorite activity; but a poet, not so much. I know this seems to be a simple question that warrant’s a simple answer, but for me, it is not. I can like everyone’s work. I mean, for example, you might have a collection of poems, but I only really enjoyed one or two of them, does this means I don’t like you work? Not at all, I still like your work, just the two or three in the collection. Even the reader who love your work is not going to be mesmerized by all that you do.
So I would say that some poets work that I’d read and enjoyed are of course, Langston Hughes, Robert Frost, Paul Larurance Dumber, Sylvia Plath, Anne sexton, William Shakespeare, Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, Maya Angelou etc.. There’s just too many to name. I enjoy reading the poets work which is unpublished, traditional published and self-published. I feel there isn’t a bad thing written if you can take something away from it. If nothing else, it should further your amassing process.
Q. What are some pet peeves you have when reading poetry?
A. I’m always disappointed when I feel a poem was forced to become. To be captivated by a poem in the beginning to midway, then to be disappointed in the end is somewhat devastating in a sense. That’s why as a Writer of Words, I amass the information before I release it. That is why we must know the full story before we tell it.
Otherwise questions could be left unanswered and the poet will be force to fill in the blanks. A good poem could have been a great poem, a great poem could’ve been a memorable one. So the short answer would be, I hate to find a gold brick and find out it’s filled with chocolate. I still eat the chocolate, but would prefer the gold brick.
Q. When you speak about Writers of Words, you talk about poets, authors and etc.. What about musician’s?
A. You know, lately this question has been coming up a lot. I mean personally, I think musician’s are on a different level than the Writers of Words. The beautifulness in a great song is to be marveled. Yes, some singers are great writers, but its not the focal point they must use to reach the masses. Likewise those that posses the ability to manipulate the great sounds of the instruments. If the Angles in Heaven sing and play these instruments, how important the great musicians must be.
Q. What advice would you give young poets?
A. Be different, which means be yourself. Learn what you can from the great Writers of Words of old and new, but make the art better, be better. Another would be to say that the lyric poems are not nursery rhymes, free verse poems shouldn’t be as long as novels. Also, to remember the reader’s world is already complicated, so don’t use too many complicated words. Being clever with words and metaphors doesn’t mean the words has to be long intellectual word. Lastly, I would say, Art=Creativity, Creativity=Individuality, Individuality=You. If you are able to love yourself enough to be yourself, to look within yourself. You will find greatness.
Interviewer: Laura Ann… UnControlled Pen in house editor.
- Favorite food: Mexican
- Not enough of: Vegetables
- Too much of: Chocolate
- Best Movie of all times: The Back to the Future trilogy (I know right)
- Type of Music: Music that conveys a positive message- (from hip-hop to classical)
- Favorite Car: One that works
- Favorite Sport/Team: Basketball (NBA) Atlanta Hawks
- Favorite TV Show: Don’t watch much TV
- Favorite Book: The Bible
- Favorite Quote: “And of course there must be something wrong in wanting to silence any song”—Robert Frost A Minor Bird
- A favorite poem: Incident-by Countee Cullen
- A Life lesson learned: Live It! Even while waiting to die.
- Worst fear: Dying with Regret
- Biggest accomplishment: I’ll tell you if I make it to Heaven (Hope to see you there)
- Your hope for the future: That I’m able to learn something from my past.
- If you had one wish: I would wish for two.
- One problem you would fix if able: Hunger, even the death row inmate has a last meal. Shouldn’t the famine have a first?
- Most Precious: Family, God gives them to you.
- Misconception: Just because I don’t have time to play games, doesn’t mean I’m not fun.
- Appreciative For: Nurses, Waitress/Waiters, Cooks/Cashiers/Car Washers/ Teaches: All those who serve with a Gracious Pride. It’s the very Essence of Kindness. I think it makes God smile.
- Obsession: I’ve lost much time, so now I have to move twice as fast to be content.
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