A Day in the Life of a Writer

ROUGH DRAFT

today did not start well –

reason being because i didn’t get to sleep –

it was too hot – i couldn’t decide on what to eat

so spent a great deal of time getting up off of the sofa

and putting my face in the fridge –

i didn’t feel tired – at 6 o’clock in the morning

as an insomniac –

you learn different levels of tiredness –

and their intensity

my mind turned to today’s tasks –

shower being number one

and two, getting the bed sheets and pillow cases into the wash

i turned on my laptop

for it to promptly turn itself off

because i forgot to charge it yesterday

i managed to find the charger for my laptop, out of the plethora i own –

from tech i probably traded in years ago –

 

and could put the charger into the plug socket

without trying it the wrong way first –

my assumption was i cannot be that tired

if i am getting this right

i thought today i would send a manuscript

to an open call from a publisher –

and edit a poem to send into a contest.


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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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Pocket Poems, a read for the summer

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12 micro-poems that follow the arc of the start of a summer to its end. These vary from traveling the subway, favourite ice cream flavours & to ‘memories – fleeting passengers / all of irregular shapes,’

Poems taken from my book Here comes the Sun. Published in 2017.

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beyond appearance

Before I get to the poem I’m going to share, J.K. Rowling. She wrote some transphobic tweets and then went further in writing more of her views on her website. I in no way agree with her. When I read what she wrote I wanted to vomit. People will read that and agree with her because they are also misinformed. She didn’t even include the sources of her information. I’m raging. And I don’t even want to think about Harry Potter right now.

Urgh.


age, sexuality, gender –

is this all you want to talk about?


what is that, are they together – wonder what their family think


all that is in an age are numbers

for organisation,

we cannot all be born at once, you see


dare i ask

what of love –


what if they love one another?


perhaps what you see goes beyond appearance –

is not binary –

or what you believe –

based on perception


what if it is love –

do you think before you love?


what a shame


our heart has more sense than our prejudice.