Poetry Files. A Book I’ll Never Write, Poetry. By Devon D. Eaton.


A Book I’ll Never Write


By Devon D. Eaton

It seems like breaking is all the heart’s good for

And I don’t think I can take it anymore

But another crack divides my stony heart

Feel the dust as it shrouds my lungs

Too much sorrow for one so young

Now throw the final blow and watch me fall apart


I thought you loved me

I guess I should have seen

The past repeating

And known we could never have been

I was a fool to

Give my heart to you

Without a guarantee I’d get yours too


Life is a labyrinth with monsters at every turn

And our solution is to break the walls and watch it burn

But what’s left to live for when we’re through

Love is the string that guides us through the maze

Circumventing the rubble and the blaze

I thouht that it would lead me straight to you

But how could I guessed

The apathy that you possessed

As you struck the match and set the string on fire

My heart the dynamite

The fuse you set alight

Blown to pieces by the object of my desire.



Four Questions with Ashley Rose ( @ashrosewrites )

Ashley Rose

1. Tell us about you, and your writing (themes, influences etc.)

Ashley Rose is a gay twenty-something lover of anything cosmic, compassionate, and creative who started writing when she was 11 years old but stopped for her college years because she lacked inspiration. Ashley didn’t pick up a pen again until a bad heart break left her with too many words unsaid and needed somewhere to put them. Now, she can’t stop writing and uses her friends, her past, and current relationships as her inspirations for her work. If it wasn’t for Amanda Lovelace’s The Princess Saves herself in this One, and Gretchen Gomez’s Love, and you there’s a good chance Ashley would never have gotten so inspired to write her own book! When she isn’t writing you can usually find her cuddled up with her two golden retrievers or planning her next adventure.

2. What are some of the ways in which you promote your work, and do you find these add, or eat, into your time writing?

I mainly promote my work through Twitter and Instagram. Social media was a part of my daily life before I started publicly writing so I don’t find it eating into my writing time – if anything it’s added to it because I often find myself engaging with other writers and I will come up with ideas for new poems and prose and post them on my Twitter feed or blog to later come back and extend on them!

3. What projects are you working on at present?

Curently I am working on a few different thngs – my biggest being Aftermath whih is going to be released in 2019 on my 25th birthday. This has been a work in project since before I started my debut collection, Shattered Pieces. I’m excited to share this collection wih readers because I truly feel this book embodies who I am as a person, and a writer, fully, and I hope readers are able to resonate with bits and pieces with it while also realising that this is my life, my experiences, and respect that not all poetry is relatable but still worthy of writing. I’m also working on another project that I will be announcing at the end of April!

4. What does poetry mean to you?

Poetry, to me, means freedom. It’s the freedom to feel, the freedom to let your voice be heard, the freedom to hurt and then to heal. It’s the freedom to be yourself without any consquences. Poetry can free you, your soul, your spirit from so much.

you gave me back
my ability to write
after I lost my passion for it;
it’s too bad you had to do it
by breaking my heart.

collection of free verse poems and prose about falling in love, getting heart broken, learning to forgive, and finally healing

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Four Questions with Jasmine Smith (@jasmine_d_smith )

Jasmine Smith

1. Tell us about you, and your writing (themes, influences etc.)

Hi, I’m Jasmine. I have been writing most of my life, but I only seriously commited to writing and sharing my words in the last couple years. I write a lot of broken-hearted poetry and have recently branched out to broader themes. I am starting a new project where I will be writing about a lot more than love and loss but the details are still being ironed out. I have a lot of influences in the poetry community such as Amanda Lovelace, Cyrus Parker, Gretchen Gomez, Shelby Leigh, and so many more talented writers.

2. What are some of the ways in which you promote your work, and do you find these add, or eat into, your time writing?

I normally use Instagram, or Twitter, to promote work. I don’t spend much time promoting my work outside of these ways. This normally doesn’t cut into my writing time. I spend way more time on writing and reading poetry than I do thinking of promoting my work right now.

3. What projects are you working on at present?

I just released my second poetry collection titled painful broken sunshine, which I have been working on for over six months. There are a few trigger warnings at the beginning of the title so if you do read it, be sure to keep safe. I wrote about the pain of being abused as a child, being heartbroken, and findng true love. I am also planning on starting a new project, but you’ll have to stay tuned to my Instagram for more details!

4. What does poetry mean to you?

Poetry means the world to me. It’s how I express feelings and help myself move forward with anything happening in my life. I write a lot about being broken-hearted, but I am actually getting the hang of writing love poems too. Poetry from fellow writers have helped me get through some of the most difficult situations I’ve faced in the recent years. Without poetry, I don’t know where I would be.

life’s a journey. there’s family, love, growing, heartbreak, and tragedy. this title explores the ups and downs of life’s journey. life is a painful, beautiful, broken piece of sunshine.

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