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I submit my work for a lot of shows, competitions, festivals, etc. What is directly, specifically and deliberately designed for me, comes back with my name on it. Effortlessly.

AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT: StacyMichelle, Poet

Was there any particular reason behind the creation of your chapbook?  If so, what?

This chapbook has been writing itself for a number of years now. ¬†the motivation behind it was to peel back the covering and shine a light on the chasm an absent father can leave in his daughter’s life.¬† I wanted to display the painful truth & bewilderment, and also acceptance & forgiveness that starts the healing process.

How important is form, such as rhyme and line arrangement? How does form effect the overall art of a poem?
I focused on the arrangement of the lines instead of form for this collection.¬† I choose my line breaks with words that hopefully snatch the reader’s attention.
How important is the accessibility of a poem?
I know what the poem means to me; a lot of times it is cathartic to get words down, so when something I’ve written affects a reader in a different way, or they get something totally different than what I was thinking, it astounds and pleases me.¬† I think as readers, we bring our own experiences to the written word, and for me it makes what I do that much more rewarding.
What can poetry teach us about life?
Poetry can teach us how to breathe in the moment.  savor the essence.  & let go
What is one of your favorite poems in the chapbook?
“I will tell you where it hurts” is one of the most vulnerable pieces I’ve written. ¬†the most biographical in the collection. ¬†after anger. ¬†hurt. ¬†disillusionment. ¬†unasked and unanswered questions, all I wished to be known was where it hurt the most.

 

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BIO
StacyMichelle‚Äôs poems have appeared in the Fall Line Review, the anthology: Brothers & Others, Stirring: A Literary Collection, and the anthology: Help Wanted Poets Please Apply. This is her secondchapbook collection. Her first, ‚Äúdear Georgia. Mother is a Tornado‚ÄĚ was published in 2014. StacyMichelle shares rough draft of poems and art work on her blog:
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