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Poet says work has broad relevance

January 14, 2007|by TIFFANY ARNOLD

FREDERICK, Md. - Andre Lewis, 21, had written so many poems about love, life and loss over the years that collecting them in a book seemed like the best way to manage them.

"I've been writing since I was in middle school," said Lewis, who lives in Frederick. "They just started stacking up."

The on-demand company Publish America published Lewis' 122-page, 64-poem book of poetry, "Tribute: Love & Lost," in fall 2006.

Lewis said his poems were meant to relate to anyone's daily life. Some of the poems describe Lewis' experiences, while others simply project his view on the world - an example is "Another Fallen Soldier," a poem about a young man sent to Iraq.

"I support the troops but not the war," said Lewis, who said he didn't personally know anyone who had died in Iraq when he wrote the poem.

But it was sometime after he wrote the poem that he decided to dedicate the poem to a woman he learned had lost a son in the Iraq war. "That's where 'Tribute' comes from in the title," he said.

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Other poems, Lewis said, are about finding love, losing love and moving on.

Lewis, who works full time at a warehouse and lives with his mother, Zelma Nickens, said he is starting his next book of poems, "Life's Joy & Pain," which will have similar themes as "Tribute."

Copies of the book at $17.95, are available online at Amazon.com and BarnesAndNoble.com.

Art Space - an occasional Sunday feature - highlights accomplishments of area residents. To enter the Art Space, send a basic press release with a copy of your book or music to Art Space, Lifestyle, The Herald-Mail Co., P.O. Box 439, Hagerstown, MD 21741.

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