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A Self Portrait in Verse

In this collection of 81 poems, all written between April and June of 2015, the author explores themes of identity and belonging, both as a woman and as an individual. Currently available only digitally.

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A man hurt me

Now I hurt them

It’s not revenge

It’s self defense.


The serpents say forgive yourself

But there is no redemption

For weathered stone

And I live on this island alone

While you and your pickaxe are safe at home


I am a garden snake with venom

The frog that kisses back

I am new blue jeans

With holes in the knees

Stylishly broken

Messily clean

Always chipped and cracked

But crumbling, I’ll take you too,

An avalanche"

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