I have a book coming out!
The 22nd of September, 2023, next week. Little Girl, a collection of 36 poems, should be available in paperback, and on Kindle.
I’m well aware that feminist poetry isn’t exactly this audience’s niche, but I hope you can forgive me for that. It might seem a bit ‘out of context’, and it is, but it also…isn’t?
My dad wrote books, which you all know, but you might not know that his dad wrote poetry, like, for a living. I’ll never forget the bafflement on my dad’s face when my seven-year-old self ran upstairs to show him my first ever book of my own collective poetry works. I was confused at the time what was so special about it. Surely all seven year olds get really into poetry and write a whole short book unprompted, and so it’s not that much of a coincidence that Grandpa Jim was a poet.
Unfortunately, I think that first book was lost in a move, but it was reportedly impressive, as shown by the fact that I got so much praise for it, I threw my entire identity and self-worth at being good at poetry for a time. I didn’t get a lot of positive attention from adults growing up, so any at all was milked for all it was worth. In my dad’s case, it was almost entirely the fact he didn’t interact with me enough to actually notice things worth praising. That was much better than many of the other adults, who were either endlessly frustrated with me, or so worried about me they didn’t have the time for noticing I’d colored something well or done the dishes.
Given all of that, it might not be a shock that this particular book isn’t a good idea to read if you don’t want to think about some of the nastiness of my growing up. My dad was a really cool guy, and I don’t blame anyone for not wanting to look at times he might not have been so cool.
It wouldn’t benefit me for my readers to have a hard time digesting that harder stuff, as some people could go to full-out denial. And it wouldn’t benefit you either. If you feel up for picking up a copy, power to you! And if you don’t, that’s fine too. There are other ways to support this site, and my work, if that’s what you’re looking for, and I write about other stuff, if that’s what you’re wanting.
The Kindle Pre-Order is live now. Both the Kindle version and the paperback should go up next Friday, baring catastrophe. I have been working on this book for ten years now. I don’t put all of my identity into it anymore, but I am really proud of it.
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