Nadine Flowers was as bright as a summer day and as poised as a graceful dancer during Austin’s Meet The Author Extravaganza. She wore periwinkle blue and white and showcased a ministry mindset during the event. She made it clear to anyone who visited her table during the second annual event that poetry is what she does and that she has a mission in mind when she writes and recites. I interviewed her after the event, and she offered some insight and wisdom about how she uses poetry to transform people’s thinking and elevate their hopes. Following are my questions and her answers.
1) What about poetry appeals to you?
To me, poetry is a creative way of telling a story or portraying a thought especially in lyric and rhyming form. Poetry can be very entertaining and inspiring as spoken words or personal reading enjoyment. I enjoy rhyming and the majority of my writing is in that format.
2) Do you have any favorite poets?
I am a little different in that I don’t really read a lot of other poems. One reason is because my poetry is a ministry and my goal is to share the Gospel with others through my poems. However, I enjoy Maya Angelou. She is very talented and diverse and an awesome example for aspiring poets.
3) Do you recall the title of your first poem, or what it was about?
Yes. My first poem was called “My Shadow” and it was about my daughter who was a toddler at the time and followed me every where I would go.
4) What helps you get better as a poet?
I depend on the Holy Spirit to provide me with what He wants me to write and at the same time, the more I write, the more I am inspired to write.
5) What could a young person who wants to write poetry do to start out strong?
I would suggest setting aside some time to write every day, even if its only an hour. Outside of that,whenever a thought comes, write it down and come back to it later.
6) What is your longest recite-off-the-top-of-your-head poem?
Actually, reciting off the top of my head is something I haven’t mastered yet because that was never my goal. I just enjoy writing which allows me to share the Word of God, inspire others and yet have the option of the spoken presentation of my work. Because this is a ministry, the priority is to get it on paper. However, I am considering taking a step towards reciting more versus reading.
7) What can a poet do to remember long verses of their own, or someone else’s poem?
Since I’m not there yet myself, I would say practice, practice, practice!
8) Are you active during National Poetry Month (April)? If so, what do you do?
Yes. We have poetry reading at our local library and I try to participate each year.
After meeting and interviewing Nadine Flowers, I got a much better grasp of poetry. I even appreciate that she has steadfastly maintained her gift in the poetry genre. I recall her penetrating gaze and poised demeanor. She was about the business of poetry and lifting up her Savior in a creative way. In a follow up email, she told me, “My goal is that someone’s life be changed.”