Poetry is my safe place as a writer. It’s what I turn to—either to read or to write—when I need a mental pick-me-up, something to wake my mind and tune my senses, or shock me out of a creative rut. It feels like a very free place to play in, since its utter subjectivity almost makes it immune to criticism, either outside or self-imposed. And its short form means that I can complete a whole poem in one sitting, giving a very satisfying feeling of accomplishment.
As much as I love poetry, it always ends up on the back burner for me as a writer, since I focus more on my longer works, and since I know I’ll never make a career as a poet. (Unless there is a 16th century lord or lady reading this who’d like to become my patron.) So in an effort to get myself writing more poetry regularly, I decided to compile a chapbook (a short book of poems), using a single organizing theme as a prompt to get me going. And thus, I came up with Weird Women.
The poems in this collection all focus on female characters of various sorts, taken from nature, mythology, history, or just my imagination. Some of these poems are personal, some are fantastic, some a bit of both. And yes, there is big Lilith Fair energy in this book.
Please click the link to download as a PDF, and I hope you enjoy!