Featured Artist: LaMont Anthony Wright
Updated: Apr 23, 2021
LaMont Anothony Wright, the author/novelist/poet also known as Graffiti Bleu, loves and lives in northern California. He was born in New York City and received some serious game and valuable life lessons from the concrete jungle.
Bleu became of a lover of language and story-telling as a child, when his mother would freestyle a bedtime story every night for him and his brother. Her imagination was limitless and every story was a unique creation from her own mind without aid of any books.
Although Bleu's family tree is peppered with a long line of story tellers, smack talkers and intellectuals, some of his early influences also came from works by Edgar Allen Poe, Orson Welles and Rod Sterling.
A product of the hip-hop generation, Bleu's storytelling first manifested itself in the form of rhythm and poetry as a rapper. He and his crew were local heroes, but sixteen bars limited his vision, so he changed up and took it to the next level.
From seeking that next level and stepping out of his comfort zone, Bleu learned that inspiration cannot be stifled and that evolution is imminent. If you are looking for raw, honest expression from the underground, you've found it in LaMont Anthony Wright.
Bleu's blog is here: https://gbleu.com/category/blog/
What does poetry mean to you?
It means so many things. It means freedom when it allows me to express my love of language. It means revolution when it is used to combat injustice. It means unity when it brings people together.
What inspires your poetry?
Typically a "self revelation" of some sort. I love to learn. When I learn something significant to me that gives me an epiphany I most often write about what I learned.
Which are most important to you: (1) joy, (2) peace, (3) patience, (4) kindness, (5) self-control, (6) faithfulness, (7) gentleness, (8) love, or (9) goodness? If you can, explain why.
Peace is most important to me. For me joy, patience, kindness, self-control, faithfulness, gentleness, love and goodness are more achievable when I am at a peaceful place (or a least close to it)
What sort of things are you looking forward to improving this year?
Working on ways to stay self motivated. I believe myself to be very passionate about many different things. There are some areas I would like to improve from a discipline standpoint and efficiency standpoint too.
What is one big dream you have?
To live in a world where people were a bit more compassionate to one another. So many unfortunate things happen to our neighbors that no one seems to care about until it affects them directly. I wish people gave a damn well before then.