I am Darren, 21 years old. Due to long term severe abuse in every imaginable way I spend my days in my cool wheelchair. I write poetry in English, which is not my native language, not even my second language, but my third. Which is why you most probably will find a lot of crimes against grammar and spelling. Bear with me.
I can write in all sorts of conventional rhyme, but I prefer free verse. A few of my poems in Dutch have been published in an anthology. One of my English poems has been published in the "Love is Love" anthology for the (family of) victims of the Pulse-shooting in Orlando.
I have translated Arabic poetry into English for Poetry Festivals. I like being Houdini, chained to the original poem and its conventions, yet freeing myself to deliver the best possible poem. I love it.
My goal for the future is to write enough poems to create a book to support abused young boys. Sexual, physical, emotional, spiritual abuse. Sex-trafficking victims. Boys like myself. Gay boys like myself.