Join me in welcoming Nate Spears to Highlighted Author.
Nate Spears is an inspirational poet who also works with the University of Florida Jacksonville healthcare team. He’s been nurturing a talent for writing since he was quite young. He hopes to inspire others to find joy even in the midst of life’s most difficult challenges. Nate’s debut title is a book of poetry titled Inspiration 2 Smile and he is currently working on his second book, Main Street Poems, which is set to release in 2012.
Welcome, Nate. Please tell us about yourself.
I’m Nate Spears, a 31-year-old poet from Jacksonville, Florida. I began writing at the age of seven. My love for writing started with fiction short stories, and developed into a love for poetry and greeting card writings in my teen years.
The game of football stole me away from writing for several years. My dream was to finish college, enter the NFL draft, and become a professional football player.
After a few seasons with the Edward Waters College Tigers and Duval Lions (Semi-pro), in 2008 I decided to pick up the pen again and make a return to writing by inspiring and uplifting a few souls through writing inspirational poetry.
What brought you back to writing?
My love for poetry grew intense in 2008 after reading The Rose From The Concrete by Tupac Shakur. I was impressed by his poetry and how he used his poetry to heal himself and heal others around him as well. I decide to assemble my own collection of poetry after reading Mr. Shakur’s title, which later became Inspiration 2 Smile by Nate Spears, a book that’s designed to inspire and uplift souls across the world.
What are you working on now?
My 2nd collection of poetry, Main Street Poems, is set to release in 2012.
My Write 2 Work Facebook page is a page that consists of popular job search engines, and it’s designed to inspire, empower, and assist Facebook users with returning to the United States workforce. (www.facebook.com/pages/WRITE–2–WORK/156843954404952).
My YouTube channel, Black Bandit 210, is committed and dedicated to bringing some of the most inspiring content to the web and social sites all over the world. The channel consists of everything from spoken word poetry, music videos, books, commercials, and much more. (http://www.youtube.com/user/blackbandit210)
I have many more collaborations and projects lined up and being set to release in 2012 as well.
Would you share an excerpt of Inspiration 2 Smile with us?
back page blurb
Inspirational poet Nate Spears is on a mission: to make you smile! In this his first full-length poetry collection, Nate’s poems spread joy even in adverse times. Nate uses poetry to motivate readers to keep on going no matter what the circumstances; his message is one of empowerment and positivity. Includes Nate’s Pushcart Prize nominated poem Daily Double. Cover image by Amy Alley.
Fight 2 Win
Sometimes you fight, fight, fight
But you run out of gas
You fight, fight, fight
Until you have nothing else to give
Nothing else left inside to fight with
Then you start to question
Is this even worth the fight?
Never give up
Until the casket drops!
Inspiration 2 Smile
Thank you for being with us, Nate. Is there anything you’d like to add?
I wrote a poem that I really love and would like to share with everyone.
Death Of A Rose
By Nate Spears
The onion blooms this summer
With a essence of pleasure
The rose brings the smell of death, as
X marks the spot
I ask why?
The letters reveal everything
As my fortune grew wheels
I became Bankrupt
I hope you’ll see the guiding in my light
The struggle in my fight
Each and every day
I deal with in this life
My soul is sun burned,
my life has washed ashore
Times two, my son’s bring me more light
Breathing life in my flesh
Allows me to see failure at its best
In all four corners of this ring
On my finger, destroying my dreams.
Victory stands bold in the middle, so
Who’s the real champion?
Tears and sweat are only separated
by the point in which they are released
Beauty lies deeply within the heart
Of the beast
One moment for the momentum that destroys the cells of venom
Black and cancerous
It sickens our society
Watching this rose die
The funeral we attend
Stems from this,
This is the death
Of a rose.
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Twitter – http://www.twitter.com/whoisnatespears