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Me and my best pal Bubba

My name is Steven Humphreys, and I am really happy you dropped by to read my poetry. All my poems are original, written by yours truly.

According to the ‘Myers Briggs type indicator’, (I took in college to try to find my job niche in life. Found out at age 19 no salaried poet jobs open!)

I am an ‘INFJ’ personality. This means I’m as much an ‘Introvert’ as anyone can be… from what I hear, apparently the perfect personality for writers.

Lately, you will find me about town and around the house dressed casually in short pants, baseball hat, tee-shirt and flip-flops. I am a down to earth homebody who likes watching ‘B’ horror and corny movies.

'Poetry is like anything artistic. Like a painting, each poem has its own colored scenery, metaphor and character...'

At an early age, I got inspired by Edgar Allan Poe’s poem ‘Annabel Lee’ and Henry David Thoreau’s notes on how he spent his time (two years) at ‘Walden Pond’.

In senior years, I enjoyed reading J.D. Salinger’s ‘Catcher in the Rye’ and Charles Bukowski’s own version ~ ‘Ham on Rye’. I didn’t read them both in high school like other adolescents did.

I found Salinger’s book in the bottom of a ‘storage box’ my wife’s kids left in our garage! And, as for ‘Bukowski’, I have absolutely no idea how I stumbled upon him! Although, I am sure grateful I had, even though I feel he’s ‘bluntly down and dirty’ about what he has to say.

I was moved to stay up all night one Saturday evening (when fifteen years old) writing over fifty poems. Unfortunately, they are all lost… Yet, I do vaguely remember one about rats!

'Writing poetry keeps me grounded'.

I created Poetry Madness to share my poems with the world. This is why I added the ‘Google translator’ widget for automatic translation of site content in any language. In other words, whether you are Chinese or Indian, no problem!

You could be curious about how to publish your own book of poems or how to write a ‘how-to book’ or novel? Maybe, I might have a few suggestions that might help get you started, being I have self published my own books. Go to self publish. 

Remember, poetic words can move mountains inspiring people touching their minds and hearts. It’s possible something you write may actually change someone’s path in life. There just could be ‘someone’ out there who is waiting to hear what you have to say.