Basically, I've been writing poetry as an originally unexpected outcome of writing song lyrics. Quite often, what I originally thought was to be a song lyric ended up better expressed as poetry rather than trying to force it over a melodic line. I'm both an amateur musician as well as poet, and I'm always looking for feedback with respect to both art forms. And that is why I am posting to this site.
As far as influences are concerned, I consider myself a voracious reader and I can't say any once particular author stands out as an influence. I've delved into works from Shakespeare to modern writers (I just got off a particularly long fantasy genre binge). So, my literary influences are, for the most part, widely varied.