Spotlight Poet February, 2018…

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Andrea Wheaton , we know her as Lady A on AllPoetry.com

Andrea is a Registered Nurse, recently retired

She was born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Currently lives on the east coast of Canada, in New Brunswick

She started out writing  a few poems as a teenager but began writing in earnest when she was 39. Unfortunately, it was after the loss of her true love and her grief propelled her to write…it was and is very cathartic for her.

It was approximately 3 yrs ago when Lady A joined Late Night Poets & she finds  the group to be, Nurturing, supportive, caring, helpful, fun, encouraging, “more fun” a group of great friends. She says she has learned so much from so many! Not just about poetry but about friendship, tolerance, fairness, kindness…all of these things she has been able to share and learn from others.

Lady A has had 20 of her poems published in a collaboration with several other poets through Amazon

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Andrea is not actively seeking publication, but has been seriously thinking of doing so.

Her favorite authors are James Michener, a brilliant writer of historical novels. Frank McCourt, author of Angela’s Ashes. Her favorite poets, the Bronte sisters, ee cummings & Pablo Neruda

Her favorite poems are…

 

I Carry Your Heart,  ee cummings,

i carry your heart with me (i carry it in
my heart) i am never without it (anywhere
i go you go, my dear; and whatever is done
by only me is your doing, my darling)
i fear no fate (for you are my fate, my sweet) i want
no world (for beautiful you are my world, my true)
and it’s you are whatever a moon has always meant
and whatever a sun will always sing is you

here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
and the sky of the sky of a tree called life; which grows
higher than soul can hope or mind can hide)
and this is the wonder that’s keeping the stars apart

i carry your heart (i carry it in my heart)

 

Don’t Go Far Off, Not Even For A Day,  Pablo Neruda,

Don’t go far off, not even for a day, because —
because — I don’t know how to say it: a day is long
and I will be waiting for you, as in an empty station
when the trains are parked off somewhere else, asleep.

Don’t leave me, even for an hour, because
then the little drops of anguish will all run together,
the smoke that roams looking for a home will drift
into me, choking my lost heart.

Oh, may your silhouette never dissolve on the beach;
may your eyelids never flutter into the empty distance.
Don’t leave me for a second, my dearest,

because in that moment you’ll have gone so far
I’ll wander mazily over all the earth, asking,
Will you come back? Will you leave me here, dying?

 

 

If Grief For Grief Can Touch Thee, Emily Bronte

If grief for grief can touch thee,
If answering woe for woe,
If any truth can melt thee
Come to me now!

I cannot be more lonely,
More drear I cannot be!
My worn heart beats so wildly
‘Twill break for thee–

And when the world despises–
When Heaven repels my prayer–
Will not mine angel comfort?
Mine idol hear?

Yes, by the tears I’m poured,
By all my hours of pain
O I shall surely win thee,
Beloved, again!

 

Few people know that Andrea is a cancer survivor. 

Lady A’s hobbies include sketching, painting, and making miniatures for doll houses and, of course, writing.

Some of Andrea’s favorite Bands and Musicians are… The Eagles, Beatles, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Gary Moore, Bonnie Raitte

Andrea has many favorite movies but would have to say, Gone With the Wind, Is her favorite.

Andrea’s favorite place to vacation is at her cottage at the beach!!

If she could meet any poet it would be Maya Angelou

When asked are you working on any current non-poetry projects right now? Andrea said “I am always working on sketching, painting, miniatures”

Her favorite book is “A Woman of Substance”, by Barbara Taylor Bradford

Andrea’s favorite quote is:  “There is only one happiness in this life, to love and be loved.”- George Sand.

Her favorite websites to visit are…Allpoetry (LNP), Facebook, Pinterest, any site with Gorillas!

When asked to tell us more about herself Andrea had this to say :

It is never too late to make your dreams come true. I went back to school at the age of 37 after many years of regret for not graduating high school I needed three credits for Nursing School…English, Biology and Math. I went back to my old high school and enrolled in grade 12. After finding out I only needed four more credits to finally graduate, I enrolled for the whole year and graduated from Harrison Trimble High School in 1992, the 20th anniversary of what would have been my graduation in 1972!! Following that I was accepted into the Miss A. J. MacMaster School of Nursing and graduated at the top of my class in December of 1994….who was it that said “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks” ?!?!