After a tumultuous couple of years, I realized I needed to make some changes. I hadn’t written much of anything that felt fresh, new, or exciting…and with the help and encouragement of a few online friends, I slowly jumped back in with a “Give It 100”-type of project. While raw and unbalanced at times, the progression (and emotion) is real. What emerged became a furious mixture of politics, relationships, and the internal struggles that life provides us whether we’re equipped to handle them or not. And what began as an exercise in “just starting back up again” turned into a rebirth and reclamation of maybe the one skill/hobby/function I’m truly most capable of loving. This book is the start of a process, and it is just that…a time of re-learning myself, what it means to be a writer, and understanding that the idea isn’t to be great but to be always getting better. I think I’ve accomplished that here, and I have no doubt that the coming years will prove that this stepping stone of sorts will turn into a springboard awaiting my launch into deeper, better, and stronger work overall.
There is humor, sadness, struggle, and growth in this collection. You can’t paint it with one brush. This is one human being’s experience; the world as seen through my eyes…ups and downs; rights and wrongs. For the many spectrums we can slice life into, this collection begins to fill in the blurred lines entrenched in our realities. And while it didn’t make me whole, it helped me begin to put my life back together. And getting to this point in a description has made my mom proud…that’s all I could ask for (well, that, and you as a reader liking it and getting the point and the picture). So…thanks. I love you and you matter.
|Publisher:||Eliezer Tristan Publishing|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.29(d)|
Table of Contents
Table of Contents
Pringles And Beef Jerky 9 A Little Less 1962, A Little More 1970 10 Abandoned Ransom 12 This Is The New Now 14 Pieces 16 One Leave, Two Return 17 Intuition 20 and, again 22 Cursed With A Happy Ending 23 Of A Dying Man 25 Black/ White? 26 Love Won’t Keep Us Together 28 “I Sell TVs” 30 Untraditional Pet 33 There’s Always Homecoming 34 Over, under, around, and through. 35 In Turn 36 One By One 37 Good Ideas 38 I machine monster 39 Learning Sky Language 41 Donye 43 Commodities 47 Major Bomb 49 Purple-toothed Sharks 51 Crossing Signal Conspiracy Theory 52 Something To Do 53
Pavilion 54 Are You Ubiquitous? 56 Tragedy Catches Your Eye 59 In Dreams? 60 Meet Your Accuser 61 P.A.R.T.Y. 62 Realizer 63 The 2016th Amendment 65 Chips Cracks Peels 66 Random Found USB Drive Launch 67 W.Tribute 69 Modern Face 71 You’re Rubber I’m Glue 72 Back To The Drawing Board 74 Retronym 75 Go Blue 76 My Evil Plan Is In Action! 77 Nods 78 We Can’t Stop Yes We Can 79 Summer Girls 81 Made Out Of Ghosts 82 On And On And On 83 Hover Below 84 Church Limo 85 159 over 6 87 Code 56 89 Good News 90 Common Catastrophe 91 Four Year Weekend 92
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A beautiful collection of genuine words.
Aikin's journey from the edge of suicide to recovery is beautiful, raw and real. 100 is a collection of poems from a dark time in Aikin's life, but it's reassuring that there's hope at the end of the tunnel.