I have settled on a title for my first collection of poetry! *cue fanfare*
Since this is my first attempt at writing a series of poems specifically to publish as a book and not as individual pieces on my blog, I decided that I should try and honour that significance in the title.
So; my first collection of poetry is going to be called ‘This Young Adult’.
I’m taking a few of the poems from my blog and redrafting them for the book, but there will be some new pieces in there as well. Some of the older poems such as Persephone are probably going to look like new poems by the time I’m done with them so I don’t suppose they will really count as the same poem in the end.
I’m planning on having ‘This Young Adult’ ready for purchase by the 1st of July. This may seem like a short time frame, but I’ve been working towards the collection for a while so I should be able to manage.
A lot of the poems will have close links to my own life. I’m planning on including ‘Sister Dearest’ and ‘One Of Those Old Men Who Fear No Man’ in the collection, as well as other poems which are heavily influenced by my family members or my life.
Anyway. For those of you who are interested here is a sneak peek at the sort of redrafts that are in store.
Old Version: 1st Stanza:
Before we met,
Warm summer days,
Were as eternal,
As the life,
Of a goddess,
New Version: 1st Stanza:
You were the warning whispers on mothers’ lips;
the tea and coffee news item
fresh into town.
Hell raiser, troublemaker,
top of Concerned Parent’s Agenda:
My mother referred to you as Winter.