VICTORY ROAD TOOK ME TO COLERAIN MALL & ALL I ENDED UP WITH WAS POKÉMON CARDS
90s kids in Cincinnati had it made thanks to Pokémon Yeah Pokémon Red & Blue came out Yes, I made my mom and brother drag me to Forest Fair Mall $20 in my pocket Making the hard decision to either buy a deck of Pokémon cards or 4 booster packs Figuring out the tax to make sure I had enough One of the unforgettable times I had was when another mall, Colerain Mall had put together a Pokémon Card Game tournament and a Pokémon Stadium tournament Of course I did both I rushed over to EB Games to sign up I remember practicing for both tournaments Making sure I had my right deck and right team loaded into my game The day had finally came I make it go registration And I get my trainer number for both competitions First up, was the trading card game I was so nervous to play as I look around at the other competitions Me a kid playing versus who I assumed were teenagers at the time My mom cheering me on from the sideline I lost that first match I was sad but I couldn’t forget the Pokémon Stadium competition I still remember til this day Bringing the GamePak to plug into the back of the N64 controller First match, I won and that livened my spirits Being able to move on to the next round It was short lived as I was knocked out of the competition the next round My mom saw the defeat in my eyes She gave me a big hug and said “Hey you’re still my Pokémon trainer” She took me to EB Games and bought me Pokémon cards to cheer me up From that point on, I always wanted to redeem myself Soon, in due time Bio: Reggie Johnson is an author reigning out of Cincinnati, Ohio. At the age of 9, he found a love for writing while on summer vacation. With influences from music, Reggie has created a rhythmic style of writing to tell his personal experiences and beyond. Reggie has 9 books available on all major online retailers and his work can be seen in various literary magazines. He currently has two columns, Drunken Karaoke featured on Daily Drunk Magazine & REPLAYS featured on The Poetry Question. Bio: Follow R.D. Johnson on twitter @r_d_Johnson. Check out his work on the Poetry Question with RDJ's Replays https://thepoetryquestion.com/category/replay-rdj/ Read His work on dailydrunkmag.com R.D. Johnson is a pushcart nominee, a best of the net nominee for Fevers of the Mind "(Not Just On) Juneteenth"
This is a quick chapbook by Reggie D. Johnson. But in 20 pages Reggie is full of reflection. Reggie is full of fear, full of strength, full of freedom, full of rejection. To feel completion when sitting with bravery. It is a year of overcoming. While the clock may still be ticking negatively in the now. Maybe, just maybe there is a unity in time, in people, in change. Towards impermanence. The lyrical poems in this chapbook is the ultimate in a thinking man's poetry. Real poetry, not based in fiction, a storytelling from truth not from a new found religion. The errors and failures of government, the death of heroes when people became "SCARED" and their hidden prejudices out for display. Reggie perfectly preaches out the rhythm of covid-era poetry and holding up a mirror to the world to see the reflection of all the sacrifices that have been given. The blood that has been shed should make us stronger, even as the ills in the air suffocates not only our breath, but clogs the clarity in our minds. The years even in it's most "radical" to many still seems to be a still frame that doesn't fade easily. Just remains gray. But the hope has to be vocalized, because WE have to recognize that WE are the ones that can change the direction of the compass. Let's change the compass and head to the right direction. Finally. This chapbook has so many thought provoking poems including (Not Just on) Juneteenth published on this blog, soon to be in a Fevers of the Mind Anthology and also a Best of the Net Nominee. I applaud Reggie D. Johnson for putting out poetry that matters more than just a self-righteous glorification. Here is a link to the chapbook through Daily Drunk Magazine. https://t.co/VePilY3a9w?amp=1 @dailydrunkmag
Q1: When did you start writing and first influences?
Reggie: I started writing at the age of nine as a hobby I did on summer vacations. Langston Hughes was one of my first influences.
Q2: Who is your biggest influence today?
Reggie: The writers I’ve come into contact on social media who I’ve become very good friends with: Natalie Hernandez (@yerrrnandez), Luis Delossantos (@CoolerStoryMarc), Harold Fonseca (@halfxyou), Elijah Horton (@elijahhorton94), Chris Butler (@CLBpoetry) Daniel Alvarez (@itsdannylondon), Bruce Llano (@Beeruce_Sama).
Q3: Where did you grow up and how did that influence your writing/art?
Reggie: Cincinnati, Ohio. I was taught to write about things you know and have experienced. Speaking personal truths will help to strengthen your writing.
Q4: Have any travels away from home influenced your work & describe if so?
Reggie: Yes, I recently took a trip to Orlando, Florida to meet up with some of my friends who inspire me continuously. That time away and being in that environment with all them helped me create some dope content that I can’t wait to share with everyone very soon.
Q5: Any pivotal moment when you knew you wanted to be a poet/writer/artist?
Reggie: When Drake released his Take Care Album. After 9, I didn’t pick up poetry again seriously til I turned 19. That album showed so much versatility in his writing and the ability to express his emotions through art was inspiring.
Q6: Favorite activities to help you relax when not writing/creating?
Reggie: Playing video games, listening to music.
Q7: Any recent or upcoming promotional work you’d like to do now?
Reggie: I have a surprise project dropping July 1st, with Daily Drunk Magazine and then at the end of the summer I’ll be releasing my tenth book.
Q8: One of your favorite lines from a poem of yours?
Reggie: From my poem 'Look At Me' found in my book, Cuarentena: "I am black I am then I am now I am what's to come We are not less than We are equal We just want to be heard And not for your entertainment I am black And you will not take that away from me"
Q9: Who has helped you most with writing?
Reggie: A few people. Natalie Hernandez & Luis Delossantos taught me to not minimize the writing. Keep writing as it doesn’t matter how long it is or that it needs to stop at a certain length. Harold Fonseca, Elijah Horton taught me to expand the creativity. My love for music has now transcended into new territories as it has not only incorporated in my writing but I’ve had the pleasure of doing songwriting too. Also, Harold and Chris Butler have taught me to be the voice of a generation. In these last few years with everything going on in the world, the way I could ease my thoughts was in writing. I thank all of them for pushing me to the next level.
Bio: Follow R.D. Johnson on twitter @r_d_Johnson Check out his work on the Poetry Question with RDJ’s Replays https://thepoetryquestion.com/category/replay-rdj/ Read His work on dailydrunkmag.com R.D. Johnson is a pushcart nominee, a best of the net nominee for Fevers of the Mind “(Not Just On) Juneteenth”
Links to Reggie’s work on this blog.
(Not Just On) Juneteenth
Been a little over year Of people having to be reminded of what black is A reminder of the anger and a reminder of the sadness Still the fact is It shouldn’t take a trauma for you to understand a trauma Only thing we are doing is piling it up Adding a comma Some try to be empathetic others will just call it drama And God got something for they ass I’m a call it karma What goes around comes back around And let’s just use it to describe 2020 We traded chains and shackles For cuffs and death Something we saw too many A nation went from uniting like minded people To further put a division between everyone To the point that folks can’t even be subtle with their racism So what can one do? We continue to be a voice We continue to be the change We continue to persevere We have to… We have to withstand any and everything Now so those that come after us don’t have to as hard Just as generation after generation had to Just remember me as the bridge Someone on the journey to a better life I’m black I’m proud Give me my flowers while I’m here And not just on Juneteenth Everyday And don’t forget me when I’m gone Bio: Follow R.D. Johnson on twitter @r_d_Johnson Check out his work on the Poetry Question with RDJ's Replays https://thepoetryquestion.com/category/replay-rdj/ Read His work on dailydrunkmag.com R.D. Johnson is a pushcart nominee, a best of the net nominee for Fevers of the Mind "(Not Just On) Juneteenth"