Welcome to this month’s #BackseatPoetry feature with poet Monet Black of Dallas, Texas. Check out the interview below. She talked what made her start writing poetry, her favorite topic to write on, thoughts on spoken word, and much more.
How long have you been writing poetry?
“I’ve been writing since I was 13 years old. I saw an episode of “Lyric Cafe,” which was a spoken series on BET at the time & fell in love. My mom then bought me “A Rose That Grew From Concrete” by Tupac and [I] fell in love.”
What would you say inspires you the most to write?
“Life inspires me the most because it’s sick and twisted, yet beautiful in the same instant. And I am the exact same way.”
What’s your favorite topic to write on? What makes it important to you?
“My favorite topic by far is love and my love for women. Love is important to me, because it’s something we all so desperately need.”
Do you prefer to write over doing spoken word?
“I prefer writing because whatever I say goes. Spoken word, as fulfilling as it may be, has it’s guidelines.”
What’s one thing you want readers to take away from your writing?
“I want them to take away a piece of who I am. I leave my heart in my poetry and I want everyone to feel me.”
Where can we find more of your writing?
“I have a blog theghostwhowrites.tumblr.com. I’m also workin on a book titled “Brown Sugar: An Ode To Her” that I’m looking to release in early April.”
Today we’ll be sharing her piece titled, “To My Soul Child.” Be sure to stay tuned here throughout the month for more.
“To My Soul Child”
Stay tuned for Part 2 with Monet Black.