A: I wrote my first poem at the age of 14. It was for an annual magazine that my Junior High published. The magazine published art, stores, photographs, and poetry of the students. It was 1969, and the Vietnam War was very present on all our minds. My poem was called “The Young Soldier.” I wrote the typical rhyming love poems and loss poems as a teenager, but also quite a few darker poems that were free verse and intense.
A: I never was big on reading poetry books of the famous poets. In fact, I hated to read until I was an adult. Even now, I mostly read poetry books that have been published by my fellow peers. I do like C. S. Lewis, but he is not considered a poet.
A: Any and all times of the day, whenever anything catches my eye or mind. Although I do find myself waking up in the middle of the night and turning on the light to write. I always keep a note pad and pen by the side of my bed, and carry one with me everywhere.
A: I started writing just to record my thoughts and feeling, like a diary. I wrote to vent pain, sorrow, and frustration; to capture the beauty of nature, memories of past events, and love. Within the past two years I decided that I wanted to share my words with the world. I want a part of myself to live on in the universe after I am not longer here.
A: Keep your eyes and mind open to everything around you. You never know when that encounter in the grocery store can end up becoming a poem (it did for me). Always carry a note pad and pen with you. Always write whatever comes to your mind, even if it is just one phrase or sentence. When you go back to it later it can end up becoming the basis of something special. Just write, write, write.
A: I have seven self-published books out, six of them are poetry books (two of those ae Haiku & Senryu), and one memoir about finding my family. All my books are available for purchase on Amazon. Overcast Mind, It is still Morning, When Angels & Dragons Collide, Everlasting, The Sound of Dragonfly Wings, and Reaching for Dawn.
Ann Christine Tabaka has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize in Poetry, has been internationally published, and won poetry awards from publications. She lives in Delaware, USA. She loves gardening and cooking. Chris lives with her husband and two cats. Her most recent credits are: Ariel Chart, Page & Spine, West Texas Literary Review, Oddball Magazine, The Paragon Journal, The Literary Hatchet, The Stray Branch, Trigger Fish Critical Review, Foliate Oak Review, Bindweed Magazine, Raven, RavensPerch, Anapest Journal, Mused, Apricity Magazine, The Write Launch, The Stray Branch, Scryptic Magazine, Ann Arbor Review, The McKinley Review.