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Danville woman's poetry published in collection

September 09, 2004|JENNIFER BRUMMETT

Lynda M. Walker might be working her way toward publication of an entire volume of her poems. After all, she just had her sixth poem included in "Colours of the Heart," printed this year by Noble House Publishers. The title of the poem is "That Perfect Man."

Walker, of Danville, has been writing poetry since she was 13, she says.

"I love rhymes," Walker notes. "I write rap, too. I like rap and poetry. I have a notebook full of rap and poetry."

She submitted her first poem, "Demonstrating Recovery," to a contest after seeing an announcement about it in the newspaper.

"Someone brought (the announcement) to me," Walker says. "I was scared to enter. When I entered it, they came back and told me they could publish it.

"Anytime (friends) see a contest, they say I should submit a poem to it."

Walker says she finds inspiration in anything.

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"Give me a subject and I can write about it," she says with a smile. "I like variety."

"But mostly, my inspiration is the love of God, family and friends."

Writing something special for her church

Currently, she is focusing on religious poetry and writing something special for her church.

Poetry is her chosen form of self-expression.

"It's the way I express myself through pain," she notes, then pauses.

"But not all my poetry is tied in with pain. There's happiness, pain, laughter. My motto is, 'Why fight about it if you can write about it?'"

She finds that the challenge of writing poetry is similar to that of other writers.

"I get writer's block. That's a whole lot of the challenge."

Walker finds the poetry of Maya Angelou to be inspiring.

"(Angelou) brings her voice out," she explains. "She sounds aggressive. She sounds like she's real and she knows what she's saying. She wrote it and she's not fake."

She also likes poems in a particular style.

"I love poetry that rhymes," Walker says. "That way I know it can come off better if it rhymes. If it don't rhyme," it's hard to find the rhythm, she adds.

"But not all poetry is supposed to rhyme. I will read poetry that don't rhyme."

And she has a goal for her poetic endeavors.

"I would like to get my poetry out there and get paid for it."

That shouldn't be hard for a poet who won the National Library of Poetry's editor's choice award for outstanding achievement in poetry in 1995 and 1999, and who was listed as a famous poet by the Famous Poet Society for 1995, '96, '98 and 2002.

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