In May 3 issue, Russell County News By Cody York Times Journal Intern
Ben Foster walked in, shaggy hair covering half his face, chewing on his nails and creating a laid-back, mellow atmosphere that was nearly palpable. He lay down on his mattress with his back propped up against the wall, peering from behind thick-rimmed glasses, the very epitome of cool and collected. It seemed as if he had all the qualities a poet needed to have.
“I started writing really bad poetry in sixth grade, and then stopped,” said Foster, with a half smirk on his face. “I resumed during my freshman year, but I only started getting serious around my junior year when I started writing lyrics for a band I was in. I realized that I wanted to make a statement about how I see the world.”
When it comes to inspiration, Foster doesn’t hold back. “I draw my inspiration from…pretty much needing to express this before my head explodes. I need people to hear my opinion,” he said.
Foster hopes to go far and accomplish a lot with his poetry. “I want to get somebody...anybody to read my poetry and say ‘Wow, this kid knows what he’s talking about and really expresses things well,’” he said.
“Eventually, I just want to make a career out of expressing myself. I want to put people’s feelings into words, if they can’t express it themselves,” he said.
Foster is a senior in high school this year, and can usually be found carrying a notebook around with him, scribbling in it frequently. He is involved in the Shadow-Scribes literary society, a club that meets on Thursday nights at the Norfleet Gallery Annex on Main Street in Russell Springs to discuss poetry, books and literature in general.
Adam Redmon is the president of the club, and spoke very highly of Foster. “The first thing that comes to mind when I think of Ben is ‘free spirit,’ he said. “He just writes about what he feels. It’s raw, it’s angsty, and in the end it’s all about Ben being himself.”
“If he continues to write and study literature, I believe Ben has a bright future ahead of him, not just as a poet, but as a writer in general,” Redmon said.
Foster also had some helpful advice to share with any aspiring poets out there. “You should just…write for yourself, and no one else. If people like it, that’s great. But if they don’t…just forget ‘em.”
“I wrote this when I had pneumonia and about a 105 degree temperature. It’s very personal, and I don’t much like it.”
UNTITLED I see rainbows dripping from the clouds Reminding me that happiness is just on the horizon I see the touch of God on everything And everything is beautiful I see holes in denim in the summer as music leaks from a man’s guitar And I have hoped summer would never end I see a candle burning just after midnight Inviting me in for tea and conversation I see green all around me and I am lost in her eyes My soul entangled in a kiss as the world watches a football game I see rain on cracked concrete Bringing my muse to life I see earth painted by a painter’s brush Humanity walking the streets of a portrait I see love burning on the tip of everyone’s tongue And everyone is afraid to speak I see my own future written in the black and white of the hourglass Jausline running down the hall in the middle of the night “Daddy, there’s a monster in my room!” I have seen her monsters, for they are my monsters too Failure and lost time have their hands around my throat I see the world and I am hoping someone may see it the same as me.
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