I have released my second book of poetry! I'm thrilled to share Finding Me with my readers!
Why do I write? Because I have to. The words are my connection with my spirituality, with the people around me, with love, with healing, with hope. I write to turn truths into poetry and fiction…to embrace diversity and capture the beauty and complexity of the people around me…to share the voice of the people we often fail to hear…to declare that all people deserve to have their story told. I hope that I inspire people to learn how to write their own stories in their own voice. Through these words, I give glimpses of my story and the stories of others I have met along my journey.
My writings come from years of observing and listening to voices that often go unheard and lives that go unnoticed. I try to capture moments in life that are touching and honest. My poetry gives my readers a glimpse into lives of ordinary people who walk through life with an extraordinary determination. The people or emotions in each poem may seem familiar, but they will also surprise us with something that had been kept hidden or had gone unnoticed. These poems remind us to embrace our stories…to not be ashamed of our pain…to seek healing…to love and be loved. We each walk through life with a unique yet universal story of hope, courage, and love.
My poetry is honest and raw…opens doors to new conversations…and is from an author who has been a listener to many people’s voices.
I hope you discover and enjoy all of my quirks and complexities in this collection of poetry. I have tried to live my life in a way that allows me to truly see a wide diversity of the people who populate this wonderful world we all call home. I have also tried to listen and learn and grow along the way, hopefully bringing love along on the journey. As I grow, I have tried to honestly admit and learn from my own failures and weaknesses. I don’t claim to be perfect (or even close to it).
I would like to end this beginning with two of my favorite quotes about poetry:
“... poetry is not a luxury. It is a vital necessity of our existence. It forms the quality of the light within which we predicate our hopes and dreams toward survival and change, first made into language, then into idea, then into more tangible action. Poetry is the way we help give name to the nameless so it can be thought.” –Audre Lorde, Sister Outsider
“A tough life needs a tough language—and that is what poetry is. That is what literature offers—a language powerful enough to say how it is.” –Jeanette Winterson
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