Poet turns his words into art

PUBLISHED: 10:55 01 April 2010 | UPDATED: 11:32 12 August 2010

A 21-YEAR-OLD poet uses rap and comic strips as inspiration in a bid to get youngsters interested in his work.

A 21-YEAR-OLD poet uses rap and comic strips as inspiration in a bid to get youngsters interested in his work.

Robert Custons, from Welling, mixes the wordplay of rap, the flow of songs and the structure of poetry to create a unique mix.

The broadcasting graduate from Ravensbourne College, in Chislehurst, has already started compiling a book of his work, The Thoughts of One, Feelings of Many, which he hopes to finish in June and get published in the autumn.

He said: "All of my poems are about myself in some way, whether it's a real story, something I've felt or a point of view.

"Each poem is integrated into a piece of art which matches the poem, which will hopefully draw people in and persuade people to read the poem.

"Nobody seems to be writing poetry for 13 to 30-year-olds. For our generation normal poetry goes over our heads, as it tends to use metaphors that people don't understand. I like very little poetry."

Mr Custons is currently doing two internships, one with an advertising company and the other with film company Adventure Pictures, in London.

At the film company, he helps publicise its products through social networking and he also worked on the world's first Twitter Q&A for the movie premiere of Rage last September.

He said: "I am usually so busy that I write the poems on my Blackberry, which I always carry around with me. For example, my poem Hero was written on the train.

"The artwork was done from a photograph I took of an actor in one of my college films and then I used Photoshop to make him look like a cartoon character."

His influences are more likely to be songwriters rather than poets as "you can relate to them more than Keats". These include Kanye West, singer-songwriter Ryan Tedder and Terius Youngdell Nash, better known as The-Dream, who wrote Rihanna's 2007 smash hit Umbrella.

One modern poet he is fond of is Laura Dockrill, who like him is also a fellow illustrator.

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