Here is an interview with my friend, and wonderful writer, the poet Jenny Barber.
When did you first encounter poetry? How did you discover you wanted to write poems?
My mother read to us as children—the Golden Books, Mother Goose, fairy tales and folk tales—which meant that early on I was excited by patterns such as rhythm and rhyme, and the sound of spells and chants. With other kids in the neighborhood, I spent hours and hours skipping rope to rhyming songs passed along from somewhere.
Check out the full interview at Mass Poetry.