Today my guest artist is Rachel Hutcheson, aka blacksheeprebelgirl joining us from Nashville, Tennessee. Her website is blacksheeprebelgirl.com She can be found on Facebook and Instagram under the same moniker. Here poetry is unique and sparkling with wit. I am happy to share some of her sparkle here today. Enjoy!
Beyond the Sky
I did not believe the sky would
shatter. But I watched it break
and crash to earth. Now
there are pieces of sky
everywhere. People are pulling
it out of the ground and taking it
home, not knowing what it is. I
don’t think we will ever find all
the parts, so when we put it
back together there will be
holes in the sky. We will have to
get used to looking at the land
beyond the sky. And they will
have to get used to looking at us.
Do you ever get
the feeling there
is more than meets
the eye, but you
don’t know what it is?
I think life is like that.
I think death is like that.
I think you are like that.
There’s a fence around my
mind keeping flowers of
thought and paths of reasoning
in place. I don’t think I like it. I
want my mind to climb over the
iron and break free of its
limitations. I want to plant fresh
flowers and build new paths on
the other side of the fence.
I want to have conversations on
the outskirts of habit and
She sat in a cabinet underneath
her sink and wrote poetry. The
main subjects of her work were
water pipers and Comet.
Critics found it fascinating
and she got a deal with a giant
publisher in New York. Now
she lives in a high-rise and can’t
fit in a cupboard anymore. So
she writes about regret. Her
work is bigger than ever.
Good for her!
Tired and Dramatic
She was tired of
the world. She
said it had lost all
its beauty. So she
in gossamer and
was always quite
dramatic. I loved
that about her.
sneak out of my eyes
and roll down my
When and how did you become interested in creative writing?
I think I realized I was interested in Jr. High, we had to write poetry and journals for an English class. I’ve written randomly on napkins and notebooks for years and filled what I had in folders to perhaps do something with one day. I came to Nashville 8 years ago and have been learning the art of songwriting since then.
What motivates you to write?
I want to create things that are incredible. Things that last, things that move people, things that entertain and inspire. Everything motivates me, I love to write and I am interested in doing what it takes to become, what I hope is a great writer.
I love your work because it is unique in perspective. Can you tell us a little more about your background as an artist?
Thank you so very much. I started taking acting classes in the fourth grade. I studied voice and dance as well. I’ve performed in a hundred plays and musicals leading to thousands of performances on stage. I studied theatre in college and performed for many years as an improvisational actor in LA and Chicago. Now I write songs with artists in Nashville every week so I am always creating.
Who are a couple of your favorite artists?
Van Morrison, Nina Simone, Ella Fitzgerald, Larry McMurtry, Wilbur Smith, Tennessee Williams…on and on and on.
Thank You, Rachel. When I first read your work, one of my favorite lines from a song came to mind. “The future’s so bright I gotta wear shades.” by Timbuk 3. You write like that.