Meet the Artist | Kimba Azore

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gently stretched brown toes

entangled with cool green grass

evoke summers past.

Summer Memories (Haiku) 8/13/2012, by Kimba Azore

Name: Kimba Azore

Location: Lafayette, Louisiana

Types of Media/Mediums: Writing—mostly literary & creative poetry

How long have you been creating art and how did you get started?
I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember.  I wouldn’t be lying to you if I told you that I was born with a pencil in my hand.

If it has to be dated, I can honestly say that my passion for writing began by being a book worm as a kid.  I read through the whole entire library.  My father gave me a library card when I was too little to remember.  Our library had two floors.  The bottom floor was the children’s section…the top floor was adults and nonfiction.  I rummaged the children’s section to its entirety and around 11 or 12 years old, I started up the staircase to read works that were too old for me.  I obsessed over poetry by Langston Hughes, Nikki Giovanni, Emily Dickinson, Alan Ginsburg, and Countee Cullen.  I loved the works of Ernest Hemingway, Zora Neale Hurston, James Baldwin, Alice Walker, Toni Morrison, Ralph Ellison, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Richard Wright.  I had an undying passion to be in the library.  Eventually, I wanted to become a librarian (and still do).  I was president of the library club in high school during my Junior and Senior years.  I still keep in contact with my High School librarian who encouraged my writing and my passion for library sciences.  (In fact, I am going to have lunch with her next week).  She is also a writer and has published a few children’s books.

I’ve always had a constant and undying thirst to read and create literature.  I’ve always been in an environment to create.

i want to get a

word

in…

a couple of

words

in…

a discourse on what i feel when i see you.

i know you can go for

days

and weeks

and

months

without

me….

& i can never understand why i miss you the minute that you leave…

so just let me get a

word

in…

a couple of

words

in….

a cry on how i feel

when you leave me…

when you leave me for a long time.

untitled 6/2012 SILLY LOVE POEM, by Kimba Azore

Where do you draw inspiration from?
I draw inspiration from my life, other people’s lives, and music.  When I create poetry, there is a song in my head.  If I knew how to create music, I could possibly be a song writer.

Do you have any formal training and if so, where did you study?
I have a Bachelor’s of Arts in English (Creative Writing). I studied at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and published work in their literary journal—the Southwestern Review (2002 and 2003 editions).  During my time at the university, I’ve shared my poetry through publication and events.  I graduated in December of 2003.

 i want to start simple

& own a little

 

peaceful

house—

 

                                                modest—

 

&

 

love

a calm

quiet

 

man—

 

                                                simple—

 

&

 

plant vegetables along my windowsill

while my soul is nurtured by the energy of the sun.

 

 

i want to sing a sweet song in church—

 

                                                sustaining —

 

& not worry about

envelopes

crowding my mailbox—

 

                                                assured —

 

& plant my naked toes

 

firmly

among the cool

grass of my own lawn…

 

my nurtured lawn

 

in time…

all mine:

 

                                                modest

 

                                                & simple…         

 

                                                                sustaining

 

                                                                & assured …

 

supreme.

Supreme 08/08/2012, by Kimba Azore

Where do you see yourself in 10 years with your artwork?
Hopefully I can become a published writer.  I want to work with an artist and create a few volumes of poetry.  Hopefully by then, I can get an idea for a novel and start working on that.  I also want to write a few books for children and possibly earn a M.A. and then a Doctorate in English (Creative Writing/Literature).

How can we find more of your work and or contact you?
I have a blog right now that is dedicated to my poetry.  It’s entitled “A Tee Nine Chee Bit of Me”  kimbamarie.wordpress.com. I got the name of the blog from a song (Tee Nine Chee Bit) by my favorite band Earth, Wind and Fire.  The blog is a work in progress and I don’t have many entries on it, but it’s constantly progressing.  I am also working on buying the domain name kimbamarie.com and creating a website that showcases some of my more recent works.

You can contact me at kimba@fleurdecurl.com or through my natural hair blog at www.fleurdecurl.com.

 

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