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I started writing poetry right after I started reading. My first poem was about the 4 seasons since I loved the outdoors. The next poem I wrote was about the creek I would walk to from our house on the dusty dirt road. The next poem I wrote was about Sesame Street. So you can see how young I was and I wrote about what inspired or influenced me early on. I have been writing, reading and critiquing poetry and other writings since I could read and gather thoughts on any subject. Though I was never encouraged as a child by my parents to start writing or to keep writing, I persevered in my so called talents; in fact I was discouraged and called names by them and others for writing poetry. Hemingway is someone I can relate to. I think we have much in common. You might also find similarities in our styles of writing. I do NOT try to sound like him, nor do I let anything influence me to be like someone else, he did not influence me, we just have similar pasts and therefore similar backgrounds to draw from that can be channeled into this art form. I have had many poems published. This site is not the only place that has published my work. The early version of this site published some and that is where my first few poems were published; by the creators of what this site used to be. Some of my poems have been published overseas as well. Many things have inspired me and influenced me and let me down in life. That is the beginning of poetry to me and my works. I love the uniquely funny and the uniquely profound. I try to present that in my work and all that I do. I just recently created a twitter account so I can use it for this site. Follow me there if you want. :) @AllSeasonsPoet or search my name ... Josh Holmes.