So far my interviews have comprised of many talented and established authors however, this is not the only form of writing that deserves praise. All over instagram poets have come out in hordes posting up their poetry for all to see. To me this is a new kind of bravery, baring your soul to touch other peoples hearts at the times they need it the most.
Hi Andrew! Thank you for talking with Keystrokes & Closed Doors about your amazing work.
First of all, tell us a little about yourself! When did you first start writing poetry? In my personal life I do not know any young men who are in depth with their emotions and are as creative as you.
I was in the sixth grade. About 12 years old. I used it as an outlet. I couldn’t sleep if I had something on my mind that I needed to express. I still can’t. My brain refuses to power off until I can get it out… I feel crazy sometimes. haha.
Did you always want to be a poet?
Never, haha. I wanted to work with computers or be a drum tech. for touring bands (oh yeah, I’m also a drummer). When I was younger, I wanted to be a power ranger.
What do you like most about poetry?
The freedom and satisfaction it brings me. Whenever I take the chaos and confusion in my head, formulate them into words, and then put them on paper; I feel like I can accomplish anything I set my mind to. I sometimes revise pieces 10 or 11 times before I’m satisfied with them and even then, I could still change something. haha. It’s a madness.
Do you dabble in any other writing styles?
Free verse, songs/lyrics, short stories, essays.
Does hopeless romantic work? haha. I’m a heavy hearted fool that loves too easily.
What inspires your words? I have read through all your poems and wow, to be the girl you love. Your words are so emotive and raw it’s insane.
ahhhh, this is the most common question haha. I cannot give out her name, but I will say that she is absolutely radiant, in every sense of the word.
What do you think makes a poet? Do you think it is something people are born to do?
Honest, raw emotion. That is what makes a poet. Without it, all of it would just be words on paper and where is the fun in that? And are people born into it? I honestly couldn’t say.
What other poets inspire you?
Charles Bukowski, Kat Savage, Dave Wise, Jarrod Wabick, Christopher Poindexter, and Tyler Knott.
I was just wondering what made you post your poetry up on Instagram? Sharing your innermost thoughts with people is an incredibly personal thing to do.
I started posting my work online a few years ago because I knew that someone, somewhere, needed to hear those words just as much as I. It doesn’t matter what anyone says to me or how much someone “hates.” I do what I do because even if it impacts just one person- that’s all that matters.
Which poem of yours is your favourite or best describes you? My favourite is Typewriter #196. That one gives me all sorts of inspiration! It inspired me to write a poem as sort of a response you your own words but with a twist.
Thank you! I’m glad you enjoyed it! And I have a few pieces that I can say are my definite favorites. But all time? That’s pretty tricky. I’m a have to go with Typewriter #97 just because of it’s simplicity. “She said that she wanted to make the world a beautiful place. So she smiled, and it was.” #97 – Andrew Durst
hmmmm. What’s next? Life is what is next! I honestly don’t know where I’m going from here. Right now, my words and a typewriter are all I have. I would love to have a book. And my dream publisher is Underwater Mountains.
Thank you so much for doing this interview with me, I absolutely love your work and I look forward to seeing great things to come from you in the future!
If you have instagram and would like to see more of Andrew's work then search @andrewdurst.