If you have previously visited my blog and played around with the menus and sub-menus, you will notice that my Poetry Themes have changed.
The original themes were:
Now that I have reached the final stretch of publishing my poetry book, I have updated the themes on the blog to match the actual printed product. The existing blog posts have been re-categorized accordingly. Please note that the poems will not appear in this exact order in the final book and not all poems posted here will be included in the book (as I post the poems depending on my mood). Due to how I previously categorized the poems, certain categories have more poems associated with them. I will be flushing out the sections that have fewer poems first in the coming months. I hope you enjoy the new themes listed below:
At the end of April, my three wonderful friends (aka my editors) finished going through the first draft of whisperings (all 262 pages) and provided their feedback. With their guidance, I decided to split up my poetry collection into official themes. These are the sections I came up with:
Inspiration & Creativity
Thoughts on Love
Thoughts on Nature
The Body and The Senses
Telling a Story
Thoughts on Society
A Different Perspective
It was insightful doing this exercise as I learned a little bit more about myself. I definitely wrote a lot about love during my 20’s, since it was my biggest section. I was a little surprised that my nature section was the smallest, but then I realized it was because I incorporated nature into many of poems (whether it was love, inspiration or perspective). I just didn’t categorize many of them as purely “nature.” It was also interesting to revisit my dark side. During my late teens and early twenties, I really enjoyed the horror genre, the human psyche and the supernatural. All the poems in my dark poetry section were written in that time frame, but I think I’d like to explore that genre again as I go into my thirties. In this exercise, I also eliminated the poems that weren’t so great and got it down to 92 pieces that I really enjoyed. I’m really excited to move forward with my book. The next steps would be to redo my book layout, put the poems into the new order, finalize my book cover, print a copy, and try to find some local newspapers to review it 🙂 Thank you for all the support. Wish me luck as I pursue this journey.
When deciding what I wanted my book cover to be for my poetry collection, I knew that it had to be personal. It needed to speak to me, to who I was and to who I am, and it needed to speak to my writing. I had narrowed it down to two choices. The first image is of a bridge by a silent lake, which captured my love for nature, philosophy and unspoken truths. It also shows the juxtaposition of man-made elements with nature, a common theme in my poetry. The second image is of me looking out the window, reflecting upon my life and reflecting on the world, with leaves drifting down, whispering my secrets.
The first time I put this poll up for my friends a few months ago, it was a very close vote. Some people liked the bridge because it had a more traditional look, while others liked the window because it was more personal. The bridge won by 1 vote, I believe. I wanted to have this vote again now that I am closer to finalizing my book to see if anything has changed. Also, the cover design will influence how I plan to design the background of the pages within. Thanks for your time and support. I look forward to seeing the results!