Kathryn Elizabeth Lucas
When did you first really get a passion for writing?
I remember keeping a diary as a child. I have a few vivid memories of writing before bed when I was maybe five or six about what I had done that day or whomever I beat in a race to the park. I kept a journal through my adolescence and young teenage years. As I became angstier and angrier, the depth and subject matter of my writing evolved. I wrote a ton of letters, short stories, and poems. The more self aware I become, the more passionate and free I can be and the sanctuary of my writer’s mind and soul is my most prized possession.
From what I understand, every Instagram post with your poetry is a freestyle – how do you get inspired for each?
I feel a lot. I feel deeply. I’m not thrown around by my emotions anymore, I am rejuvenated by my depth of feelings – good and bad. I write what comes out and I rarely edit it. I experience every second of my life as though I were wringing it out over a bucket. There is so much that I appreciate deeply about “ordinary” things that inspiration can come from a simple scrawling of a word on a scrap piece of paper, a moment alone with someone I love, or even something as seemingly unnoticeable as the way my chest vibrates when the bass is high enough.
“A lot of the time, it all just comes to me and I have to write it out before I lose it. I experience music, eye contact, and the way words sound coming from different mouths.”
Everything is enriched. I even stop for deep breaths in moments I hope to never have again. I revel in memories of my own survival and how lucky I have been to love. I have been disgusted and amazed by my own capabilities. I know I sound like I just faced a blunt to answer this. Maybe I did. Either way it counts.
Have you ever thought about turning your work into music?
A few people have approached me about this, but I hadn’t thought about it before they brought it up to me. I would love to see my work become music – as a fervent music lover – I just don’t know how to get it to where it would have to be. I frequently say that I would love to come back for my next life as a musically inclined person. I don’t sing well enough to do it outside of my car. With that, If anyone were to invite me to the studio to write and string verses together, I would never leave. Simply being in the studio where music is made would be enough for a tidal wave of words from me. It hasn’t happened yet – but I’m hoping that it’s part of the journey.
For every written work you share, what do you hope it does for your readers?
I share work about what I am going through, thinking about, or have gone through in the past. I write poems about dreams I had that I can barely remember, I write poems to send a message, I write poems about my breaking, bending, bleeding heart – every writer has one. I write poems about conversations with my mom about lobsters or about the amazing sex I had on Sunday. So I guess that I hope that people will relate or experience whichever emotion it elicits in them, wherever they are in their journey.
“I really like when someone talks to me about the same poem twice – with two different perspectives.”
I get a variety of messages from readers – sometimes they are saying thank you, sometimes they are asking for clarity, sometimes they are laughing. Some friends call me in tears because something I wrote brought them back to something they’d been holding back. Connecting with the people who actually read my work is amazing. I’m open to more of it.
What’s one thing your followers, fans, readers don’t know about you?
I suppose there are a million things my readers don’t know about me – because all art is open to interpretation. I find honesty liberating. I think that making a statement about myself that I am sure of is a powerful thing. I could write quirky and hilarious facts about myself here, but how about this: I’d rather you ask me what you want to know, than for me to decide what to tell you. That’s a shard of my introspective war that I have not settled yet – because I am always asking myself why I think what I tell others about myself is important. I’d rather think about why you ask me what you ask me. It’s more fascinating.
What’s a goal you want to accomplish as a writer?
I am writing a book, and I would like that to be as great as it is in my head. I would get a kick out of being on a fortune cookie fortune or on the inside of a stranger’s notebook. I want to work with as many different types of artists as possible. I would like to work with a musician on a song. I would like to do more performances, and I have a friend pushing me in that direction. Everything in time.
“I’d love to see someone vandalize my poems on something. Like a green box or an alleyway.”