Happy National Poetry Month: Meet Rhema Lampkins ‘The Pocket Size Poet’
Rhema Lampkins also known as ‘Pocket Size’ got swept off her feet with devotion for writing poetry at age 11 and found that her purpose was to touch lives through the beauty of words.
“In the beginning, it wasn’t anything super serious,” said Pocket Size. “It was just something I did for my mother’s entertainment.” ” It wasn’t until around age 16, when my youth pastor’s sermon really inspired me to the point where I wrote a piece and ministered it at my church’s youth service.”
Pocket Size’s poems all have a similar theme. They often have a message of never giving up and a reminder that it is never too late to change for the better.
The poet says that she has always wanted to impact people’s lives in a positive way. She believes that spoken word was her way of being able to do just that!
Performing for Pocket Size was not always easy. At first, walking in front of a room and being stared at by hundreds of people made her a little nervous, but once she started, her determination outweighed her nerves.
When preparing to perform she listens to a deep, inspiring or depressing song. She has also found that when it comes to performing, practicing in front of her family members helps her to get in the mood because she see’s her different audiences as family.
“The way writing and performing well makes me feel is indescribable,” said the Colorado native. “There’s nothing more exciting than hearing someone tell me how one of my pieces has changed their life or perspective of a specific situation. I’m extremely grateful for such a gift.”
Pocket Size feels that she can appeal to a huge audience and not just her specific nationality. She writes about so many different life experiences that she feels anyone can relate to. Most of her poetry is also centered on issues she feels that human beings as a whole, need to work on.
Although she is barely 5 feet tall many are still surprised at her name being ‘Pocket Size” because she writes about some “huge” and serious topics in the world today. Life being one of those topics, it is not always easy juggling school, work and writing, but when she has the urge to write, she just does.
“I can’t really fight the feeling no matter what I’m doing,” she said. “So, naturally I make time to write.”
Nobody likes to be told that they did not do well , but Pocket Size enjoys getting feedback from her audience because it helps her grow artistically. After receiving feedback she becomes eager to perform again so she can demonstrate the changes she’s made from her last performance.
Some of her inspirations are her favorite inspirational artists including Lauryn Hill, Alicia Keys, Sho Baraka, Christon Gray,Swoope, and Propaganda.
“These artists are geniuses,” the poet said. “They contain some serious lyrical skillful of word play, metaphors, and imagery.” “I love artists that really force me to exercise my mind.” “Alicia Key’s music seems so intimate and full of meaning and depth, I really put on her emotions when I listen to her.”
Pocket Size gets a lot of her inspiration from music. Her style of poetry delivery is even often mistaken for rap. She is a fan of Hip Hop but believes that Hip Hop artist today are too similar to each other.
The spoken word artist said that artists back in the 90’s wrote more from the heart, and wanted to continue to improve the rap game, instead of just pushing out the same content as the next artist. Pocket Size would love to some day work with Alicia Keys, Sho Baraka, Christon Gray,and Swoope.
“Other than J. Cole, Kendrick Lamar, Lupe Fiasco, Eminem, the rest of the mainstream artists really do seem like they are just doing it for the money and fame and not to speak to their audiences about what is real and important,” she said.”
In five years Pocket Size see’s herself positively changing the lives of others through spoken word and poems when performing at different venues around the nation.
“You won’t go anywhere amazing in life if you let people’s thoughts and opinions run you. Believe in yourself, and know that God has your back anyway. It’s not about what people think.”
– Rhema Lampkins (Pocket Size) –
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