Hello again, friends, readers, fellow poets and enthusiasts!

Today I wanted to share a bit of a poetry milestone–I have officially passed the halfway point on my chapbook manuscript!

It has been awhile since I last wrote here and as I previously mentioned, my collection is the prime reason why. But as I am so happy with the progress I am making and the shaping up of this poetic trip I’m taking, I couldn’t help but share it here, for anyone who is interested.

I hope to have the first drafts and initial writing process done by this time next month and the editing/revising and preparation for publication tackled by the end of the year.

At this stage, the working title of the collection is Birdland (likely to change) and is currently comprised of 17 poems. The theme of the collection loosely revolves around different birds, their personalities and cultural mythology, woven together into a story of personal exploration. Here is a current list of pieces:

1. Untitled Intro Poem

2. Bobolink

3.Oriole

4.Starling

5.Wren

6.Canary

7.Meadowlark

8.Dove

9.Kingfisher

10.Flamingo

11.Bluejay

12.Dipper

13.Swan

14.Nightingale

15.Swallow

16.Skylark

17. Untitled End Poem

Also as I had mentioned before, once I have completed and published the collection, I would be more than happy to share the finished product with anyone who would like to read it! Presently, I plan on printing physical copies (to keep with the chapbook aesthetic) but an ebook format may also be something I could consider. I will be sure to post details on the publication and sharing of the collection when they are available.

Thanks for reading! I’ll be sure to check in when I’ve made some more progress and hopefully, I’ll soon get back to posting original pieces here! Cheers!

Dear friends, readers, listeners and visitors,

In a way, I am a terrible blogger. My update schedule is erratic, at best, and I am not the most engaging moderator. I tend to update when I can or when the mood takes me and present everything as is, without any of the so-called “author platform” tricks to drive traffic.

I offer the above as observation and apology, not as defense :)

All of this is to say that the updating may become even more sporadic here, as I am hard at work on my very first chapbook poetry collection. I am very excited about this project, as it is my first attempt to write a thematic, cohesive group of poems and understandably, I want to devote all of my effort to making it engaging and worthwhile.

I will post here when I can tear myself away, but I apologize in advance if this does not come to pass.

For those who may be interested, I could (and most likely will) post updates here as to the progress of my chapbook, perhaps snippets of the work in progress here and there and an announcement when it is complete.

I do plan to have it published, whether that is through a small press or through my own efforts. If anyone would be interested in checking out the completed collection, I’ll be more than happy to keep you in the loop when it is published and send out copies.

Finally, I appreciate all of my followers and readers for the time and feedback they have given me here. You are all more than welcome here and in the future.

Cheers and a lovely summer to all!

In the freshness

Of night

 

Only the stars

Remember our names

 

The city dissolves

Into thrill and shadow

 

And you should be with me,

Free as I am

 

Flowing through darkness

My soul unbound

 

It should always be us here

Dreaming and playing

 

Growing together

As our hearts fill with summer

I’ll let you down

Just like before

 

I’ll miss it

Or ignore it

 

Or deny it

Like before

 

I’ll fail to see

That flash in your eye

 

When you scream

Through flowers

 

Or when you

Crack the sky

 

You’ll steal my breath

Until I see stars

 

I’ll be dazzled

For a moment

 

But then

I’ll forget

 

You’ll flit

Between heartbeats

 

And in sweet

Fading smiles

 

But I’m a fool

I’ll betray you

 

Just like before

At day’s end

The sun going down

 

And once again

 

It’s empty streets

And quiet lives

And the calm fade

 

Into questionless night.

 

Into this blue washed

Twilight hour

Of sudden threat

 

A planned revealing

Of moments

 

Along which

A heart

Becomes itself

I made diamonds

Once

 

I gave them light,

I saw them shine

 

I saw them

 

Shatter.

 

Broken, glittering lives

 

I watch them

From the dark of night

 

Their jagged edges,

Their cold, hard faces

 

Another gift

I gave them.

Cars in the street:

 

Each of us

In steel and silence.

 

Rouse the soul

Which sleeps.

 

Collect the shards

The day breaks into

 

Coalesce.

 

Gather to you

The wasted moments

 

Darkened words

 

Pointless loathing

 

Begin

Again

 

 

So we gave you a day.

 

Some hours in which

Your names and lives

Might shine.

 

Wasn’t that nice?

 

A cycle of light

In which your hearts

Became the world.

 

We gave you this day

 

So when we cast you back

Into the doubts

Of night

 

We won’t feel so bad

 

For being the ones

Who took the dreams

From your eyes.

A happy machine

Sings to you of the sunshine;

A bright-voiced engine.

 

From dark oiled chambers

Where combustion burns its soul

Comes your strength and smiles.

 

You switch the settings:

Perfect joy to empathy

Deep as calming night.

 

When the day is done

You can turn its feelings off

And watch it fall apart.

Burn through the words:

Get paid.

 

Twist the knife,

Make it hurt,

Make them love you.

 

Cash in their dreams:

Give them shackles.

 

Pay the price,

Then

Push it.

 

Perform, persuade:

Get the sale.

 

Get in touch

With your

 

Higher

Noble

Purpose.

 

Save the smiles,

For when they’re watching

 

Live the lie,

Then

Push it.

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