Read More: Langston Hughes, Contemporary Poetry, Sarah Lawrence College, Ruth Lilly Poetry Fellow, Masters of Fine Arts in Writing, Lyric Poetry, Rickey Laurentiis, Blues, Poetry, Washington University at St. Louis, Books News
There was the influence of the blues and of 20th century lyric poetry in those first poems, and his reading voice sounded a little bit (or maybe a lot) like Langston Hughes' -- the first poet I ever loved.
You do not have to get an M.F.A. in order to be a writer. You do have to keep writing, read widely, and continue getting feedback on your writing via an online or face-to-face critique group.