using the arts to heal myself
i began writing poetry when i was a sophomore at the university of michigan. it was for a class and we had to produce pieces. we did critiques and i spent time perfecting my craft.
i didn’t start writing poetry again until the next year. i remembered how much i enjoyed it and i just had so much to say. i wrote it all down. i started writing to think through things and to help me heal.
breaking down the process
starting was easy- i had a lot to say. the thoughts were flowing and most of the time when i was upset, i would write.
i normally don’t edit my work. i allow the raw feelings to be processed through writing. for my book, i did a lot of editing. i wanted to ensure that my message was clear- that healing is: intentional, takes time and is so worth it. i had sent my manuscript to a few people to ensure this was true!
by writing, i am able to see similarities in separate areas of my life. i believe all of what happens is to help you grow and seeing these patterns helped me decide how to act in the future.
my topics of poetry range. they’re mostly about my life. writing helps me process things that are going on and make sense of my emotions.
the road to publication was more internal than external. i had to get to the point where i was ready to share part of my story with the world.
writing has been so healing for me! it really gives me closure. writing allows me to remember where i have been and how far i have come! by seeing patterns i can make changes.
i started writing over a year ago, after creating a subsection of my poetry to talk about love. i edited this piece a lot and one of my favorite things about it is the ambiguity of the situations mentioned.
the cover page:
i took the cover photo when my family was in miami this past christmas. we went to breakfast off the beach. i had went to that beach earlier, near the beginning of the creation of my book.
writing and editing helped me understand how much i have grown. i was able to identify patterns that had happened and used that knowledge to make different decisions moving forward.
“I am my own muse. I am the subject I know best. The subject I want to know better.”Frida Kahlo
“Keep in mind that I’m an artist and I’m sensitive about my shit.”Erkyah Badu
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