After many long years of writing and one even-longer year of editing, I am SO EXCITED to announce the publication of my first book, Cradle The Mass, on Amazon!
Cradle the Mass is a book born from both raw introspection and chance. For years I’d filled journals with no real purpose other than to release the contents of my eyes, head, and heart onto the page. Before my first poetry class at Lesley, I never really connected with the genre. Besides a few treasured favorites, I actively chose to stay away from poetry. To me, it seemed sort of inaccessible. With poetry, I felt I spent so much time trying to understand the message that I forgot to feel it.
And I’m someone who reads for two reasons: to escape and to feel.
From that point on, when writing, I actively tried to capture the moments and the emotions in a different way. Paragraphs of streaming consciousness became poems with just a handful of lines.
It wasn’t until I received some not-so-gentle nudging, that I pulled the weighty box from beneath my bed, revisited the scratched pages within, and realized what still comes as somewhat of a shock to me; Between running to make classes, longs days interning, and absentminded musings over coffee and lunch breaks, I had written enough poetry to compile a substantial book.
What’s it about, you might ask?
Well, I’ve always been a romantic and avid people-watcher. I have strangely intense appreciation for one-liners, and tend to feel emotional responses rather sharply to seemingly small things. I find relationships of all kinds fascinating. The inevitable stages of them, even more so. In our very public and showy world, I think we tend to equate substance with size. In essence, the grander the gesture, the more feeling behind it. But it’s totally wrong.
In Cradle The Mass, I set out to expose the intensity of small interpersonal moments. Show that something so slight that someone watching might miss it has the potential to leave a relationship glowing, cracked, or completely ruined. A look. A token. A word. I wanted to introduce people to a more accessible kind of poetry: small, blunt, and profound.
It’s funny how something you once thought a part of you can seem so very different once you are distanced from it.
I experienced what felt like a new book when the first proof of Cradle The Mass landed in my hands. I now truly believe I bound the message I set out to release inside of these pages – and I couldn’t be prouder of it. So –
For those who have yet to relinquish their hearts, for those who have loved and grown apart, for those who suffer from the pangs a lack of closure leaves, for those who are settled with their soul mates, for those teetering on the threshold between friends and lovers, and for those finding themselves changed as a result of heartbreak – this book is for you.