I first started reading poetry when I was stricken by 'The Little Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly.' I think the author was anonymous, but the poem appealed to my young sense of fate and the humor in it.
I began to write poetry on the dark side when I was ten and full of the angst of living and having survived paralytic polio and life in an iron lung as a young girl. I spent hours reading and perusing National Geographic and first read "Death be not Proud" and "Aku Aku." Culture, life and death matters, and finding hope and love in all circumstances have been my major influences. My Unitarian upbringing influenced me, as well, as the church school curriculum focused on delving into many world religions and the concept of the church being that we were assigned to develop our own theologies. This quest for truth in my life follows me still, and I change and grow as a poet and writer as a result.
The basic motivations in my writing is to express the creativity that I was surrounded by and was fostered in me by living in a family of artists. I can't tease out nature from nurture, but it seems like I am hard wired to create. I have more of a balance in my life and writing now, and strive to meet that balance in my work.