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I started making music when I was 10. At that early age, I realized I was blessed with a wild imagination and a fierce sense of independence. I wrote songs about eating corn, talking to dogs, cooking chicken, and … my butt. The weirder the music, the better. (I thank Kate Bush for that energy. I’m a HUGE fan of her work.) As a poet, I always remember the person I was when I was making tapes in the '80s. That kid didn’t worry about the audience. He stuck to his natural rhythm. That’s how I approach my work. To be recognized on a national level has been a dream. And being a Poet Laureate has been the joy of my life. I do my best to inspire students to spark their own rhythm. It’s important to nurture young artists! I have a feeling I was born to do this work.