My Book Anniversary

Here Comes the Sun was published in 2017 on this day.

I didn’t follow any particular process writing Here Comes the Sun. undefinedI wrote the poems in this book on loose pieces of paper, while I was in different countries in Europe. Some of the poems were my reflecting on things and others – scenes that were unfolding at the time. I think this was one of the first chapbooks I put together that had a strong theme. I had written a lot of love poems previously, when I was a baby poet and posting on Tumblr. There are still poems on love in this book, but not as many. There are poems that have humour, are silly and a section of micro-poems too.


When I was putting together the poems in Here Comes the Sun I took care in editing the poems and, in saying them out loud, making sure they sounded right too. I find the movement in traveling, from train to subway to airport etc, exhilarating, so I tried to capture that.


People say ‘oh, you wrote a book,’ and treat it as if it is an achievement. I used to shit on that and say ‘it’s nothing,’ That’s BS. Writing a book takes a lot of courage, a lot of I don’t know what I am doing but I want to be able to communicate with you, the reader, and cause you to see something in a different way or feel emotions. It takes a lot of emotional labour. There is trauma in my poems on travel and I don’t talk about it. Being vulnerable can lead people to use that as a method to hurt you.



Here Comes the Sun, as a phrase, means all the good stuff to me, like hope and being alive and sunshine and summer and beaches and stepping out of an airport into a different country and feeling fresh air.


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My thoughts on The Half-Blood Prince


I realise how old these books are when I smell them, and they have THE OLD BOOK SMELL makes me feel so old (I’m 25 this year. WTF)

The Half-Blood Prince was not one of my favourites in this series on its release in 2005. It has grown on me. It feels like an aside novel, after the huge tome of the previous book and what takes place in the book which follows this one. That said, a lot happens. We visit Fred and George’s joke shop, we have a new teacher in Slughorn, more snogging, quidditch injuries, dodgy potion books and learning to jump into a hoop. Oh and Dumbledore starts telling Harry more information on Voldemort. Hooray. The ending in the cave matches the intensity of the scenes in the graveyard in The Goblet of Fire.


Did you like this review of The Half-Blood Prince? Would you like my thoughts on the other books in the series?