. . . art and healing and reality are all connected.
~ Frederick Foote
Recently, I had the pleasure of interviewing by e-mail one of the Washington, D.C., area's most notable local poets: Frederick Foote. A retired Navy Medical Corps physician, Fred currently leads the Warrier Poetry Project at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and works tirelessly on behalf of our veterans. His debut poetry collection is Medic Against Bomb: A Doctor's Poetry of War (Grayson Books).
Part 1 of my interview, "Healing with Poetry: Interview with Poet Fred Foote", appears at TweetSpeak Poetry. There, Fred talks about his early experience with poetry and about writing poetry as a veteran (he served in the 2003 Iraq War on the "U. S. S. Comfort". Included is an excerpt from his poem "You Made the Iraqis Their Scarves".
The second and third parts of my interview are forthcoming, also at TweetSpeak Poetry.