In a writing and editing update post I talked about how I’m breaking up my poetry book Breathe into three separate books. I didn’t go into much detail, I only mentioned (I think) that it would be released in March.
Now, I have a bit more time to go into why I’m doing this and what the message is behind these poetry books.
It was by that window
where dreams came true,
where life was fought
and life was lost.
The cherry wood sill,
stained with blood and paint
worn by warm hands, pens,
and carved by relentless tears.
To honor the thousands of African Americans who were lynched in America. They were loved ones, sweethearts, and most importantly people yet they were murdered many times for nothing more than the fact that their skin was darker than white people’s skin. This is for all those who are unknown, nobody knows their names, nobody knows who’s loved one they were; this is for the ones who we do know, who do have names, because it makes even more real, that someone knew who they were. They had family and communities who grieved over their cold bodies. This is for them:
I’ve read a lot of books the past year and a fair share of them were on Wattpad. These are the Wattpad books that made my 2016. They made me laugh, think, cry and scream in frustration. I read some of them over and over again, and they all hold special places in my heart.
I started this list back in the beginning of December and it took me a little while but I narrowed the books, in my library and archive, down to my top ten Wattpad books of 2016. I didn’t realize how difficult it would be.