Spotlight Poet April 2019…


Our featured poet of the month is Becky (Rebecca) Upchurch. Becky was born and still lives in New Castle Indiana. She’s a wife, mother, retired dental assistant and baccalaureate nurse, who graduated from IU school of nursing with honors.

Becky started writing poetry in high school, “a sort of doodling,” in her senior year English class. ” I was assigned to write about e.e. Cummings and was sold.”
She joined LNP a couple of years ago, and first called in not long after. ” I’ve called in only a handful of times but listen more often.”

She describes the LNP poets as “hilarious and awesomely talented people”
“the camaraderie is apparent in the groups I belong
The poetry is beautiful, heartfelt, indicative of every poets love for this art. Which is probably my most valuable experience in LNP and on Allpoetry.”

Becky has been published in The LNP anthology and the 1996 National Library of Poetry Anthology Carving in Stone. She is currently seeking publication,
“I would like to be published, it currently grows in me.

She enjoys a variety of poets, authors and music, saying, “When I need to clear my mind I read mostly thrillers by J Patterson, L Childs, Wolfe, when I need introspection I read mostly, Emily Dickinson, Thomas Merton, Poe and ee Cummings.”
“I have way more than three favorite authors and poets and can not pick a favorite poem”
“Classical to rock, Beethoven, Dvorak, Bonamassa, Neil Young, Santana, Joan Baez, I love Bob Dylan’s and Joan Baez’s music, I’ve met Baez twice.”

A non poetry project Becky is currently working on is sanding and painting old tables to use in her sun room. She enjoys streaming on YouTube to listen to her favorite musical artists and likes to use Google when feeling nosey.

Becky says of herself, “I love music, reading, walking in woods near by, ocean dips and swims and family.
My dear family laughs when I use my own made up quote “well flap a dappy hat” when I’m surprised.
I confess to being surprised when asked to be the featured poet in this newsletter by two poets I admire tremendously. I know I’ve a unique style. I vary topics all the time and my poems tend to be introspective pulling readers into themselves.
I’m introverted and awkward in social settings but have a gift for perseverance, I hope you do too.”