Sometimes the smallest step in the right direction ends up being the biggest step of your life. This is the very attitude that Mr. Lindsey F. Rhodes takes when it comes to new opportunities in life. Lindsey enjoys connecting with people through humor and life lessons. He has had the honor of serving his country and earning a college education.
Lindsey is the father of two beautiful children and raised four others from childhood. He is often asked how he can raise that many kids under the same roof and his response has always been “Time Management.” His large family keeps his life interesting and thus in turn, a dull moment is never out of reach.
Lindsey enjoys reading, traveling, and learning new things that he can put into a poetic perspective. For him this is only the beginning of the journey. He is the published author of the poetry book CrossRhodes. It is with great pleasure that we introduce Author Lindsey F. Rhodes to you.
Creative Talents Unleashed: Hi Lindsey, thank you for agreeing to this interview.
Lindsey: Thank you for asking.
Creative Talents Unleashed: Tell us a little about yourself and your background?
Lindsey: I am originally from New Orleans but now reside in Ohio. I have two children and served in the U.S. Army.
Creative Talents Unleashed: So when did you fall in love with poetry or writing in general, when did you decide this life was for you? Tell us a bit about that discovery process.
Lindsey: I initially became infatuated with the literary arts in 1995. I found it to be fascinating and decided to venture into writing passively. I was reading some Langston Hughes and various poets at that time and my curiosity was piqued.
Creative Talents Unleashed: Why do you write, what is it that you’re trying to communicate through your work?
Lindsey: I write because I find it therapeutic. I find it to be a very relaxing exercise and to convey a message through the language of Life.
Creative Talents Unleashed: Where does your inspiration come from, what might inspire you at any moment to write a story or poem?
Lindsey: My inspiration comes from people I encounter in life, events both domestic and abroad. Also, injustices occurring and I tend to interpret those things in poetry and prose.
Creative Talents Unleashed: What was the hardest thing about writing your book?
Lindsey: The hardest thing about writing my book was figuring out which works to include and trying not to over think the process.
Creative Talents Unleashed: What was the easiest thing about writing your book?
Lindsey: The easiest thing about writing my book was putting it together and having fun with it. It was unchartered territory but I embraced the challenge.
Creative Talents Unleashed: There are many authors who say that in the process of writing a book you learn things about yourself. Did you learn anything in your book writing process about yourself, if so what?
Lindsey: I learned that I can improve as a person and keep striving to do your very best.
Creative Talents Unleashed: What in your view is the role or responsibility of a writer or poet, if there is any?
Lindsey: Well, keep your audience and not to over think.
Creative Talents Unleashed: What are your ambitions as a writer, where do you hope to see yourself in say 5 years?
Lindsey: I see myself having published multiple books, meeting and making an impact with my message on my audience.
Creative Talents Unleashed: Who is your favorite writer or poet? Perhaps you have a favorite quote from them that you would like to share.
Lindsey: My favorite poet is Langston Hughes. “Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly.”
Creative Talents Unleashed: What advice would you give to aspiring writers who have dreams of publishing or making writing a career choice?
Lindsey: Stay humble, hungry, and never give up.
A poem from his book CrossRhodes
So now the thrill is gone
Doped up, drugged up with death on the horizon; destination the twilight zone
Piss poor, broke, and hopeless
So in love with misery;
Unscrupulous acts is what she commits
Pacifying tactics while telling her people to relax
Naïve to her monumental collapse
Her children running amok remaining destitute
Exhausted, overused, and exploited like an old prostitute
Covert affairs with her neighbors and all
Bearing false witnesses and specializes in the downfall
Of them while they look in dismay
Imperialism is on the rise; who is the next to fall prey?
Conform or die can be a daunting task
Layers and layers are being removed to reveal who is behind the mask
© Lindsey F. Rhodes
Preface . . .
Hardships and triumphs are the peaks and valleys that are encountered in life. We rise like the sun daily hoping to redeem ourselves from the previous day. Going through the same rigmarole without taking time to appreciate the simpler things in life, time is often taken for granted and flies by without us even knowing it. Contented are we with the routine without questioning it and what is the purpose of living?
This journey began in 1995 when I started to take an appreciation to the literary arts. What started out as an outlet to alleviate tension became a passionate way to voice an opinion. Though the course was deviated along the way, I still managed to maintain the drive to press forward in this new found venture. I was drawn to write through life’s experiences using both current and past events. Speaking out through a different perspective and using poetry as an outlet to convey that very message.
In the summer of 2005, my family and I were forced to leave my hometown of New Orleans, Louisiana due to Hurricane Katrina. A catastrophic event that was detrimental to my soul at that time. It was a very difficult experience and also a challenge to get adjusted to a new state, town, and a new culture that was foreign to me. We were embraced as family and curiosity was often the focal point of conversation. While society was asking me questions about where I am from, I was searching for answers and what was my purpose here.
In the fall of 2010, I decided to have the courage to share my poetry with the world. Being five years removed from that horrific summer of 2005, I was finally settling in a new life in Appalachia. Initially I joined a local poetry group which I did not take seriously in all honesty. I became lazy from a creative standpoint. I shared my thoughts with a few friends in social media and in essence they were telling me to “just put it out there”. I haven’t looked back since then.
In short, I will be sharing my tales on all sorts of subject matter with a mix of personal struggles and triumphs. I am now in southern Ohio and let’s just say I am still adjusting to the culture but it is a welcome change of pace from before. I approach everything with two caveats in mind, Listen and Consider. Welcome to my journey, the CrossRhodes.
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