Why write and publish poetry?

Poetry. I feel like it is such a lost art in this day in age. Many people may think that poetry is for the sophisticated and scholarly, but I disagree. Others may find it stuffy and boring. Not so.  You can find all kinds of poetry to suit your tastes. It’s not all grandiose overrated love poems, as some would assume. Some of the best poems I have read are about pain,heartache, and life.  Why write and publish poetry? It’s not something people look for. It never makes the New York Times Bestseller list. As I pointed out earlier, it is an obscure art.

Writing poetry for me is the quickest and easiest way for me to get my feelings out, no matter what they are. Many times I am writing about someone I know or have known. For me, it’s like instead of my stomach churning to vomit, it’s my soul. Gross analogy, I know. But that’s exactly what it feels like to me. Like my soul is vomiting and then all my emotions and thoughts just calm down. It has always been comforting and cathartic to me. I used to write a lot when I was younger. (Ha, I say that like I’m so old. ) In my late teens to mid twenties I used to write a lot of poetry, eventually filling ten notebooks. They all sat on my bookcase for quite some time. I knew I wanted to publish them someday, I just didn’t know how to do it.

Why do I write and publish poetry?

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In January of 2014, I started researching publishing options and in March of 2015, I published my first book of poetry, Lithium Dreams And Melancholy Sunrise. Why publish such an obscure art form? As a writer, I didn’t want my work just collecting dust on a shelf.  I truly believe poetry can change lives. My hope as a writer is that someone will read my poems and say, “Wow, someone else has felt the way I do and got through it.” For those of you who are new to my work, a lot of my poetry is very dark and depressing. As I said, a lot of it was written during a time when I was trying to figure out what I wanted to do with my life. I was definitely an infatuation junkie, falling for the wrong kind of men and those who were completely unavailable. This time in my life is chronicled in Lithium Dreams And Melancholy Sunrise. My latest, Shadow Of Soul, is sort of a continuation of that time with a few other poems mixed in. On the flip side of depressing is my book The Safety Of Objects, which has poems about the different ‘things’ in our lives, like shoes,  grass, and sand. It is much more mellow than the other two. However, I am proud of all three.

At the heart of it all, I have published my poetry because I love the art form and as I said, I believe it can change lives.  I believe it can open hearts and minds to new ways of thinking and feeling. I believe it can help mend broken hearts and souls who feel there is no way out of the situation they are in or that they will never get over their broken heart.  I believe that people can find poetry that speaks specifically to them. I am also honored to be among some of the greats-Edgar Allan Poe, William Butler Yeats, and Robert Frost.  Like Frost, I have chosen the road not taken, and it has made all the difference.

Do you like poetry? Who are some of your favorite poets? I would love to know.

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Official Release Day: Shadow Of Soul

Hello everyone! I’m so excited, today is the official launch day of Shadow Of Soul! If you or someone you know likes deep, dark poetry you have found the perfect book.

 

 

Shadows of soul. Everyone has them. Shadows of pain. Shadows of anger. Shadows of broken love. Those emotions and situations that follow us through our lives. The memories we can’t forget. The loves we’d give anything to get back-or gain in the first place. The shadows that haunt us forever. Take a walk through the shadows in this deep, dark, desolate book of poetry and find out what you have been suppressing in the shadows of your own soul.

 

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Interview With The Author: Candace A. Jones

Welcome to another session of interview with the author. Today I am happy to feature my friend, Christian write Candace A. Jones. Candace has written an awesome book called For Such A Time As This which helps women find their purpose in the Lord.

Interview with the author Candace Jones

How long have you been writing?

I have been writing for about 14 years.

 

How do you get your ideas?

​Life experiences from loved ones or those around me. I’m also an avid reader so much inspiration comes from whatever I read

 

What is your writing background?

I first began writing mock news articles as a 12-year-old. Then when I started taking my writing seriously in high school, my focus was poetry. Now, I mainly write prose for blog posts and books.

 

When you’re not writing, how do you spend your time?

Being a new mom, I’m spending a lot of my time with my son. Sometimes we’ll watch sci-fi movies like Star Wars or I’ll entertain him with crazy singing lol.

 

What is your next book about?

I’m not sure. I have several ideas spinning around in this mind of mine, including some fiction, but we’ll see.

 

What are some of your favorite books?

​The Mark of the Lion series, Mere Christianity, The Screwtape Letters, The Poisonwood Bible, The Chronicles of Narnia.

Interview with the author Candace Jones

 

What are you reading currently?

Love & Respect by Emerson Eggerich​

 

Who are some of your favorite authors?

Francine Rivers, Lauraine Snelling, Barbara Kingsolver, Karen Kingsbury, C.S. Lewis, Charlotte Bronte, Edith Wharton, William Faulkner, Zora Neale Hurston, Toni Morrison.

 

What advice do you have for other authors?

M​arket yourself!!! First be sure you know your target audience and present yourself authentically to them. Create a strong social media presence and sell your book before through your presence before you sell it literally. Once you get a good following, don’t drop off but keep the momentum going and stay relevant while remembering your WHY (which should be to bring God glory through your gift.)

Interested in reading Candace’s book? Click on the link below!

Interview with the author Candace Jones

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New Release: Pre-order Shadow Of Soul

Hello Readers,
I have a very exciting announcement today! I have a new book of poetry coming out called Shadow Of Soul. It releases a week from today on 3/23/17.

Shadow Of Soul

 

Shadow of Soul. Everyone has them. Shadows of pain. Shadows of anger. Shadows of broken love. Those emotions and situations that follow us all through our lives. The memories we can’t forget. The  loves we’d give anything to get back-or gain in the first place. The shadows that haunt us forever. Take a walk through the shadows of this deep, dark, desolate book of poetry and find out what you have been suppressing in the shadows of your own soul.

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One Day You’ll Read This

One day you’ll read this

And in the air

You’ll hear a fractured heart beating, beyond repair

 

One day you’ll read this

And out of the corner of your eye

You’ll see a single teardrop, fall from the sky

 

One day you’ll read this

And you’ll see

All you once meant to me

 

 

One day you’ll read this

A book of my heart’s memories

 

One day you’ll read this

As we live our happy lives separately

 

 

One day you’ll read this

And you’ll remember me

 

One Day You'll Read This

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Shoe

Lying on the floor

Still as can be

So soft and light

Yet gravity does not release me

In a little while my weight comes back, you see

The perfect complexion, the perfect body

Though my sole is full of junk

Gum and water, animal waste and tar

Used to push the pedals on a car

Walk in the snow, rain and sun

Tonight I’ll get a rest

Tomorrow another day to walk and run

 

Shoe

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