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Patricia Pickett a.k.a. Greeneyedrican has been writing poetry since the delicate age of seven. With poetry at the forefront of her therapy Patricia has battled her way through the unspeakable, emerging on top as one of Urban Lit’s most promising poets. With her debut novel on its way, Pickett plans on bringing a breath of fresh air to our ever-widening Urban genre..
UBS: Who are some of your favorite poets? What is your favorite line of poetry?
Pickett: Langston Hughes, Maya Angelou, Sandra Cisneros. I believe these three poets definitely found their poetical voice and all of them found a vast audience of readers. Maya Angelou empowered women, Sandra Cisneros exposed society to the Latino culture and Langston Hughes well, I believe he was a poetical genius. One of my favorite lines was from a poem entitled “The Negro Speaks of Rivers,” Langston writes, “My soul has grown deep like the rivers.” Yeah his words were amazing.
UBS: What do you think of the urban fiction “trend” as if right now? And what is your take on the bashing of this growing genre?
Pickett: I have heard the term “trend” more than once when referring to the popularity of Urban Lit and I personally don’t see it as a trend. Most trends come and go I believe Urban Lit will be around for many years to come. Urban fiction has been around since the time of Donald Goines and Iceberg Slim and I think the popularity of it is growing because more and more aspiring writers recognize their friends and their neighborhoods in these books and say to themselves, “Hey I can write like this and I have a story to tell.” I just don’t understand the reasons for the bashing of this industry and still I do not get how these writers from other genres can bash urban literature especially after so many years of people of color and different cultures getting the short end of the stick in the literary industry. I think we should embrace each other, but I guess there will always be haters and jealousy in success, and it’s unfortunate.
UBS: Do you suffer from writer’s Block? If so, how do you overcome it?
Pickett: When I suffer from writer’s block, I just have to walk away from whatever it is I am writing, then come back to it at a later time.
UBS: Where do you get your ideas for both your poetry and fiction?
Pickett: My poetry usually stems from my life and what I am feeling at that moment. In 2000 I was diagnosed with Cancer and at that time I used poetry as my therapy. In fiction I use scenarios from what ifs. Like what would happen if? Or wouldn’t it be crazy if? And then it just evolves from there.
UBS: Any upcoming projects or work we should be on the lookout for?
Pickett: Yes. I am included in a short story anthology with best selling author Tracy Brown and I just finished my first novel entitled Life’s a Bitch.
UBS: What are the elements that make up a good poem?
Pickett: I’d have to say emotion and experience. Good poetry should have both these elements so the reader can feel where the writer is coming from and where they have been. And a great metaphor is always welcome.
UBS: What type of fiction do you enjoy reading? Who are your favorite authors?
Pickett: I enjoy all types of fiction whether the protagonist is a vampire, witch, drug dealer, pimp, victim it doesn’t matter as long as its written well and it takes my mind on a journey in someone else’s world. I have so many favorites that I will try and make the list short. J.K. Rowling, James Patterson, Anne Rice, Tracy Brown, K’wan, Crystal Perkins-Stell, Meisha C. Holmes, Amaleka McCall, Kaven Brown and last but not least Sandra Cisneros.
UBS: Are your eyes really green? (Joking)
Pickett: As a matter of fact they are hazel but mostly green…lol
UBS: Who or what is the muse you use the most?
Pickett: I’d have to say my children, I not only want them proud of me but I also want them to see that anything is possible, all they have to do is try.
UBS: Do you remember the first poem you wrote? Do you often re-write your poetry?
Pickett: My first poem I wrote was when I was around seven years old it was a poem about Jesus and my love for him. I usually don’t re-write any of my poetry most of my poems are what I like to call brain spills (free verse) they come off the top of my head at that time and so they are true to how I feel. I do however have to go back and edit them though.
UBS: Since people know you are a poet, do you get a lot of requests to make up poems on the spot?
Pickett: Yes, I have been asked to write poems for people so that they can give them to their loved ones and I have also been challenged to do battles online.
UBS: Can you give us a brief rundown of the story you have in Tracy’s Brown Anthology? And when can we look for its release?
Pickett: I’m not sure when the book is going to be released but I am very excited about it. Tracy Brown’s publishing company was looking for short stories to be included in their anthology, under the theme of “keep your friends close and your enemies closer.” So I wrote a story entitled “You got, got”. It’s about a character named Bird. Bird isn’t your typical street hustler; when it comes to being shiesty he has reinvented the game. As money, loyalty and respect mean absolutely nothing to him. Bird finds himself enjoying life the dirtiest way he knows how.
UBS: Where do you see yourself in this industry a few years down the line?
Pickett:Hopefully in a few years I will have written a few more books and will have touched many readers’ hearts with my storytelling.
Sample Patricia Pickett Poetry
I used to pride myself on being pretty.
Pretty hair, pretty eyes,
pretty lips, pretty size.
I used to live for
being pretty, cause she got
me everything I wanted.
Never realizing that pretty
didn’t make up for
brains or personality,
until the day pretty left me.
Pretty left me wanting,
pretty abandoned me in my time
Pretty usually got rid of feelings
of jealousy and greed.
But you see pretty woke up
one day, put on her make-up
and slipped on a sexy dress,
walked right out
after results of the cancer test.
Pretty wasn’t there the night I
almost lost my life.
Pretty was no where around
through the bills,
She wasn’t there when
I gained weight
or when I needed
a helping hand
No pretty, never had it in her plan.
Pretty didn’t bother to comfort me
during that pain stricken night,
she wasn’t there helping me win my fight.
She just sat back in the cut
watching me struggle with my
while she concerned herself
with the competition.
to look better
instead of getting her mind together.
Pretty would never change,
She’d be herself forever.
So I had to let her go,
had to cut her loose.
Her hands always suffocating
my air like a noose.
You see pretty
never actually did
Shit for me.
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