Music has always been my first love. It was my jumping off point to other media. Album covers led me to works of art and photography. Lyrics led me to poetry. It makes sense, then, why Sorry I Haven't Texted You Backcaught my eye. Alicia Cook knows how to make those associations, too. Song titles and performers accompany each of her heartfelt poems. The poems work like a mixtape from your best friend. They are a way to say, "I know you" and "I know what you are going through." When side one is over, you'll head straight to side two, and then back again until it all feels better.
Returning to the form of Stuff I’ve Been Feeling Lately, Sorry I Haven’t Texted You Back is a poetic mixtape dedicated to those who struggle or have struggled with their mental health. Divided into two parts, “Side A” holds 92 poems, titled as “tracks,” and “Side B” holds the “remixes,” or blackout-poetry versions, of those 92 poems. The book includes the evergreen themes of love, grief, and hope. Named after Cook’s viral Instagram poem, Sorry I Haven’t Texted You Back lands in the crossroads of self-help and poetry.
|Publisher:||Andrews McMeel Publishing|
|Product dimensions:||5.00(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.80(d)|
About the Author
Cook dedicates much of her life to shedding light on how drug addiction impacts the mental health of families. An essayist and speaker, her activism to fight the opioid epidemic is far-reaching and has garnered a worldwide readership, and her very own episode on the Emmy-nominated PBS series Here’s the Story.
She was the recipient of 2017’s Everyday Hero award from NJTV and 2018’s Women with Voices award from the Women with Voices Foundation. She was named a 2019 Healthcare Hero finalist by NJBiz. Her magazine writing in higher education earned her three MarCom awards and one Communicator award. Her songwriting has been recognized by American Songwriter Magazine (4x honorable mention), Music City Song Star (semi-finalist), and the American Songwriting Awards (winner). Her alma mater, Georgian Court University, recently awarded her the 2020 Distinguished Alumni award.
She received an MBA from Saint Peter’s University and a bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Georgian Court University. She currently resides in Newark, NJ, and loves her family (Anthony notwithstanding) and iced coffee.
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