Over the past few months, I have been putting together a collection of poems and in this process, it occurred to me that I had not yet thought of how to describe the genre, or at the very least, give a potential reader a snippet of what the book was about.
I was trying to get to sleep and was thinking about this (and a bazillion other things, of course), and suddenly the phrase ‘abstract poetic autobiography’ popped into my mind. I wrote it down. It felt clarified, so here we are.
Phoenix is an abstract poetic autobiography chronicling my journey through mental illness, fighting the battle and coming out into a new awakening of who I am. It is designed not to share the details of what I have been through, but to reveal the inner workings of my mind, will, and emotions at the time.
Each piece was written independently and many written years apart. There has never been thought of putting them all together until November 2019, when, after suddenly finding myself without a job, I had a lot of time on my hands. I had already begun working on the book but now began in earnest, collating everything and anything that looked like a poem! Within a week I had over 200 poems and nearly 100 aphorisms, reams of narrative prose and a bucket full of lyrics, blog posts, and other writings.
To say I was a bit shocked is an understatement, particularly about the poetry. I just didn’t realise I had so many pieces and when I started to work them together, the revelation of them being markers along the last 20 years, really amazed me.
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