I have been writing poetry since I was thirteen years old. Last year it dawned on me that I have been writing poetry for over fifty per cent of my life. Throughtout the years I have submitted countless poems to literary journals with no success whatsoever. I recently checked back on a submission, I'd sent out a while ago to find that it had not even been read. So that's it!
I am done. I am done with asking for approval. I am done waiting for someone to just look at my poetry. I read a lot of poetry and I know that I am good. Being a published poet features fairly highly on my bucket list so I have put together a beautiful, heartfelt collection for anyone who cares to read it. Last year was not a year I will look back on with fondness. This has, however, been a time of reflection for me and I'm not sure I could have created something so beautiful without having been challenged to such a great extent.
Whatever the connections you need to have to get a book of poetry published, I don't have them. Since I'm based in the Middle East right now, I don't know quite how to get them, so I will self-published and be damned. Self-publishing means you can't submit the poems to most literary journals anymore, however, if I die tomorrow my chance of gaining a cult following now increases exponentially.
This is the first of three collections that I intend to publish this year. It is made up of poems that I have written over the past fifteen years; old and new together. I am so proud of this collection; I feel as though I have created a true piece of literature. It will be available imminently and I can't wait for you to read it.
Ladies and Gentlemen, I present to you, 'Love Crimes.'