4---> j.p. & “invictus”


Name: J.P. Martinez

Hometown: New Orleans, LA

Current City: Fort Myers, FL

Occupation: Minor League Baseball Coach

Age: 32

What does poetry mean to you? 

I was a voracious reader as a child and quickly became fascinated by words and language. I have long been mesmerized by the mastery of both in poetry, by the many forms it takes, and by its role in music.

Favorite Poets: Shel Silverstein, Robert Frost, William Carlos Williams, & Bob Dylan

Favorite Poem: “Invictus” by William Ernest Henley

Why do you like this poet/poem? 

I have drawn on the strength this poem gives me more times than I can count. It speaks of overcoming unimaginable adversities and taking responsibility for our lives and was instrumental in my development as a young athlete.

It was given to me by my favorite coach when I was a freshman in high school and has hung in any locker of mine every year, ever since.