Spotlight Poet February 2019

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Our featured poet of the month is Zappa…

Harold, who we know as Zappa on Allpoetry was born in Kentucky. He currently resides in Texas and Oklahoma but has also lived in Florida, Idaho and Washington.

He is a college graduate who is currently retired but has worked in the logistics department of Texas Instruments

 

Zappa first joined Late Night Poets mere months ago and does not remember exactly when he started calling in to the LNP radio shows, his most valuable experience in LNP has been the tremendous talent in the group.

He says “the diversity of each poet is mesmerizing, that in itself is unique, I feel blessed knowing how many LNP poets free verse with momentum and ease

Zappa was first inspired to write poetry when the book Watership Down captured his attention in fourth grade. He currently has been published on ASCAP and is not currently seeking publication at this time

If Zappa could meet any two poets it would be Sylvia Plath and Charles Bukowski

His favorite poems are … 

Self-Pity
by D. H. Lawrencei

never saw a wild thing
sorry for itself.
A small bird will drop frozen dead from a bough
without ever having felt sorry for itself.

~

Goatsucker
by Sylvia Plath

Old goatherds swear how all night long they hear
The warning whirr and burring of the bird
Who wakes with darkness and till dawn works hard
Vampiring dry of milk each great goat udder.

Moon full, moon dark, the chary dairy farmer
Dreams that his fattest cattle dwindle, fevered
By claw-cuts of the Goatsucker, alias Devil-bird,
Its eye, flashlit, a chip of ruby fire.

So fables say the Goatsucker moves, masked from men’s sight
In an ebony air, on wings of witch cloth,
Well-named, ill-famed a knavish fly-by-night,
Yet it never milked any goat, nor dealt cow death
And shadows only–cave-mouth bristle beset–
Cockchafers and the wan, green luna moth.

~

A Clear Midnight
by Walt Whitman

THIS is thy hour O Soul, thy free flight into the wordless,
Away from books, away from art, the day erased, the lesson done,
Thee fully forth emerging, silent, gazing, pondering the themes thou lovest best.

Night, sleep, and the stars.

 

His favorite quote is…”The world of men is dreaming, it has gone mad in its sleep, and a snake is strangling it, but it can’t wake up ~ DH Laurence

His favorite websites are… Soundcloud,  YouTube,  reverb nation,

Wikipedia and Allpoetry

His hobbies include hiking, writing, photography, songwriting and reading

Two of his favorite bands are, Yes and Led Zepplin 

His current non-poetry project he is working on is writing a new song. 

He enjoys visiting Deep Ellum, The Ice House, Drum Circle and Trees Club, all located in Dallas Texas.

Some things few people know about Zappa is that

he ghost writes for friends who want to remain anonymous and he has synesthesia.