Many moons ago, I published my very first book, called Attempting Authenticity. It was tiny and the formatting was horrible, but I was proud of it and it made me realize that I can do this. I can write and publish and I can do this. Shortly afterwards, I took it down and reworked it, took many poems out and added even more, included some short stories, and fixed the formatting issues. The result was Take Me There, which is still available. Since I have recently published another book of poetry called Awaken, I thought I would talk a little about each of them.
Take Me There is comprised of the best poetry I had written by that point. Most of them are from when I was quite young, between 13 and 17. Everyone writes and publishes for different reasons. For me, poetry is like a snapshot – all of them reflect in some way where I was at that stage of my life; ways of thinking, ways of living. I think that is probably a universal quality of poetry, but I won’t speak for my fellow poets. The point is that it may not be high poetry, but it is honest and (if you will) authentic, and that was my intention.
Awaken consists of poems I wrote during a much shorter time period, but an important one. Over the past two years there have been drastic changes in my life and within myself. I told a friend recently that for the first time in a long time, I have felt alive. When we try to hide from pain or uncomfortable things or things we fear will harm us, we are no longer alive. We place ourselves into a comatose state of being, a safe, padded cage. I am unendingly thankful that something happened to force me out of mine. These poems span from before this event to a few months afterwards, and are the word-pictures of awakening. Of becoming thawed. Of being alive after being nearly dead for so, so long. As anyone who has ever had frostbite will tell you, thawing hurts. It is deeply, excruciatingly painful. But there is nothing like the feeling that comes when the thawing is over and your hands and feet are warm again.
Thank you for following along on this epic adventure that is Life and all it holds. I genuinely hope that what I have written will serve to inspire you, and to assure you that you are not the only one traveling on this dusty road. If you would like more information on either Take Me There or Awaken, you will find links to them here 🙂