I’m having a hard time wrapping my head around the fact that I published by first book, exactly four years and one month ago. It seems like yesterday, and at the same time, a lifetime ago. With four years having past since the year I wrote and published three poetry books in a year (yeah, you read that right), I’m about to publish my fourth book of poetry, and the whole thing seems kind of surreal to me.
“Icarus, Anchors & You”, was born out of a particularly rough time in my life – identity shattering, world come crashing down, borderline (if not) traumatic kind of pandemonium. When it rains, it pours – that’s what that year taught me. In any case, I sit here now reminiscing, but what actually amazes me is watching my own evolution as both a person and a writer. Poetry has had an incredible impact on my life, and the moments where I throw myself into writing it like nothing else matters seem to be the parts of my life that turn out to be the best. It’s become a form of self reflection, healing (both myself and amazingly, for others), developing my sense of self, and a whole lot of growth. It’s what helps me cope when things are hard, or build resilience for times I’m going to need it. In a way, my books have almost become a handbook on how to get in touch with myself and kick butt when times are tough. You might laugh but that’s been my experience with the power of poetry.
I will tell you that I didn’t anticipate any of this when my first book hit the shelf. At that point, writing had been a hobby, and publishing a book had always been a bucket list thing. After a passing comment about how I should write a book and positive feedback on my poetry, I decided to write a book on a whim and throw it out into the world. I don’t know what I was expecting, but this journey has led me to so many places I never expected – from book fairs & book signings, a poetry slam, public speaking engagements, encouraging youth to find their happiness in Northern Ontario, workshops, being featured in the Northern Ontario travel magazine, and now I’m about to hold my very first book launch for “Human. Nature.”.
“Human. Nature. is everything that my first books were and so much more. Sticking to my favoured themes of self exploration, connection, growth and of course, nature, I have given life to what has become my new favourite of all my books. I set out to write a book of poetry that I could hand to anyone, in hopes that they might find something in the pages that spoke to their soul. I’ve been a huge advocate in everything that I’ve done so far, that poetry can be for everyone, and if my initial reviews are any indication, I think I’ve hit the mark. Poetry has, unfortunately, developed a terrible reputation over the years as being difficult to understand, old and outdated, something you were forced to read growing up, something that only an English major or the “emo kids” of the early two thousands could adore. My goal in life is to break down the barriers and make poetry accessible to everyone. We’re already enamored with inspirational quotes, pretty words, and those lines in movies/books that hit you right in the feels – poetry isn’t that far of a stretch. It’s just a new way to look at the world – your mind paints with someone else’s words. It’s pretty cool if you ask me.
Poetry is a gigantic unseen world that exists in so many forms, styles and themes. It has more faces than I could name, and the trick is finding the right poet/poetry for you. I mean you can’t judge an entire form of art and literature after reading an entire book of breakup poems when you yourself are in a happy relationship – it just doesn’t make sense. It’s like eating ice cream outside in the middle of Janurary when it’s -40c – you’re not going to enjoy it the way it’s best enjoyed. I tell everyone that poetry is for everyone. It’s only believable when you also highlight that not all poetry is for everyone. If you don’t believe me, my fiancé is the last guy I ever expected to like poetry and he’s surprised the heck out of me. He’s the kind of guy who is the jack of all trades, hunting, fishing, beers, wings and cars guys. Not only has he become a fan of poetry after giving it a chance, he’s also written me some pretty impressive pieces.
In any case, I know that I ‘m not going to be everyone’s cup of tea – and that’s okay. If you’re looking for nature themed poems about all the best and worst moments of being human, along with some inspirational stuff to keep you focused on (not to be cliché, but…) living your best life (not to be confused with someone else’s version of what “best life” entails). If you like perfectly structured and strict rules – I’m not your poet. I encourage you to think about the things you love . If you’re willing to do the work, I can guarantee you that there is someone out there who will speak to your heart like no one ever has before. Who knows, maybe you yourself will become a poet and publish your own collections one day.
With that as my final remark, I want to extend the opportunity to check out my first book “Icarus, Anchors, & You”, which is FREE March 14th and 15th on Kindle. Keep in mind that that one can be a little heavy, and is best enjoyed if you yourself are struggling. I also have Advanced Reader Copies of my upcoming book “Human. Nature.” available to read for free. This particular book is meant to be an inspirational, growing with the seasons type read. It’s available digitally on Book Sprout in exchange for your honest review.
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