Interview with Drexel A. Chrestersen White

Who are your favorite authors?
The writers chiefly influencing my work include Charles Baudelaire, Edgar Allan Poe, and Dante Alighieri’ Divine Comedy. The beauty they found in the bleakness of life contrasting the hopelessness in life's radiance expanded my vision to see below the surface we too often just take in before moving on. I don't see these writers as dark or moody, they're more spiritual than most.
What is your writing process?
Mostly I’m inspired to write by people, events, emotions, surroundings or meditations. When it does come it’s like an intense quickening. There’s so much unfolding so fast many times I have to stop wherever I am to get as much written as possible down before it fades. So I end up with a lot of bits of paper in my pockets, stuffed in books, etc ranging from actual pieces of paper to a few sheets of eight by eleven and half. I cannot say any one is my particular inspiration because they all result in the same rush. I do try to date these scribbling to help bring back a diluted sense of the experience to help clean it up later. Opening books or clearing pockets can be an adventure discovering a forgotten scribble.
I don’t subscribe to any standard poetic structure which had me butting heads with college professors. For me a conversation can have great images or feeling. I think we just try to push so much life thru every moment we miss the in-between already enriching our life but could enrich it vastly more only if we took an extra second to simply look. So if you’re a Traditionalist don’t read me.
Describe your desk
I don’t really have a desk per se. I generally write in a journal or other notebook type books when I sit down to “write”. That’s when I gather my scribbling and organize them into something vaguely readable. Sitting down to a desk to write is actually a turn off for me. I’d rather curl up on the sofa, a comfy chair or somewhere with a great view to write. I pretty much only sit at a desk to do the word processor portion of writing, not my favorite part.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Memphis, TN during the sixties and seventies a troubled great time to be there. It was the sixties with the race war hot hot hot. I remember people talking about not going out after dark because of the things going on. Even the police were not considered safe so people would disappear when they came around. There were killings, rumors of killings and beatings on both sides of the racial fence. It was a very tense time but its funny it was also the most free relaxed period I can remember in the city. It’s like when the sun came out especially in the summer the pendulum swung mostly in the positive direction, mostly not always. Brightly colored days of music oh so much great music just echoing constantly throughout the city. And hopeful and sometimes angry music during troubled times. The city was music and art. Anywhere you felt a part of the city’s pulse. Since Dad had a “Lounge” as they were called then and managed a band I guess I could hear this music better. The back and forth from great emotion to fantastic desperation planted the seed allowing me to see the positive in the negative the negative in the positive and appreciate them in their own right. There ain’t no good without the bad.
Published 2014-03-01.
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Books by This Author

Walking On Water 2ed. retooled
Price: $5.75 USD. Words: 5,270. Language: English. Published: June 1, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Self-realization
When we dream what do we see? Do we see ourselves as a majestic being or humble citizen? Or do we strip away our thin public veneer to stand with every flaw and fault displayed? Are dreams about truth, make believe or something else we either wish to or cannot be? Can the inane evil within us allow us to visualize something better than this reality? Or goodness permit us a sneak peak?
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 290. Language: English. Published: March 1, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Inspirational, Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Buddhism
About the poem Dominion - Made in GOD's image man was given Dominion over all creation. His voice would be second to GOD's, if he only obeyed. But in our weakness we fell from divine grace falling face first into the dust to look toward the heavens in worship as all creation does. We no longer walk with our Creator, we humbly chase after Him while attempting to retain lost supremacy.
Beneath the Soles of Your Feet
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 360. Language: English. Published: March 1, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Inspirational, Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Biblical Meditations / General
About the poem Beneath the Soles of Your Feet – We approach our Creator humbly, in shame. Although He is merciful and loving our human nature sticks to us closer than flesh. We cannot shake it no matter much we try we will fall short. All that’s left is love. The simplest command, the greatest power.
What If
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 300. Language: English. Published: March 1, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Relationships & Family » Dating, Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
Drexel A. Chrestersen White is a writer living north of Chattanooga, TN on a use-to-be farm. He is the Poet of Bohemian Pipe Dreams whose theme swirls about philosophy, humanity's internal battle of good vs. evil and gothic romance. “What If” is taken from his second collection Walking On Wa
Bohemian Pipe Dreams
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 6,250. Language: English. Published: November 6, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Philosophy » Good & evil, Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
A collection of poems influenced by noted Poets such as Edgar Allan Poe, Charles Baudelaire and Dante representing the later period of my early style development. Most of the work focuses on philosophy, the humanity's internal battle of good vs. evil and gothic romance.