Poetry is an act of survival. A cry to everyone and no one. Intensely personal, shamelessly honest, and oftentimes an admission of inner ugliness, Only for a Moment chronicles nineteen years of the author’s life. It explores ideas of transience, transition, and redemption through the battlegrounds of metamorphosis from young girl to woman. Each poem presents a snapshot; a puzzle piece of what ultimately becomes a collective consciousness. A road map to trace back through the labyrinth of people and experiences that define us.
This past year I made it a point to focus on studying and writing real poetry with my high school sophomores. I was inspired by the Brave New Voices poetry slams that were filmed by HBO, and my students were equally excited to see young artists expressing themselves in such a unique, freeing way. Poetry Fridays turned into therapy sessions, bonding experiences, and artistic showcases. By the end of the year my classes were two pretty tight-knit families, at least on Poetry Fridays.
I couldn’t resist the temptation to join my guys in creating poetry. As a writer, it’s felt like returning to my first love. Many of the poems in Only for a Moment were birthed on those Poetry Fridays. Many were inspired by my students’ experiences as well as remembrances of my own turbulent teen years. I decided to go back and polish many of the verses I wrote during that time, and this collection captures the best of my writing thus far. It includes many of the poems previously released in my “Poem of the Week” posts, as well as many that have not been released before.
I’m thrilled to be showcasing the amazing art of a dear friend, Zyrax, in this volume as well. He created the cover art as well as the illustrations that precede each section of the collection.
Only for a Moment will be released in Fall of 2016. Stay tuned for purchasing info and for announcement of Goodreads and Smashwords Giveaways!