This past Christmas, my boyfriend got me an assortment of lovely gifts including all four of Michael Faudet's books. For those of you who don't know, Michael Faudet is a poet, and he's one of my poetry inspirations and part of the reason I got into poetry. I read excerpts of his book Bitter Sweet Love upon my discovery of his work, but Dirty Pretty Things was the first work of his that I read in full.
First off, I love the titles of his books. They're unique and captivating. I don't know the page numbers of the books off the top of my head, but I think Dirty Pretty Things is the biggest book (at least it appears to be to me). Faudet's poetry is real, emotional, happy, sad, and raw. I've read pieces that have made want to cry and others that have inspired me. A significant amount of his poems and stories from my observation are erotic or have erotic elements, so the writing seems to be geared towards a more mature audience. If that sort of thing is not your taste then I would not recommend his books, but if you don't mind that sort of writing, then I highly suggest reading his works as his poetry is beautiful and different and is some of the best I've read next to Rupi Kaur's (and apart from my own *wink*).
I hope you enjoyed this post and/or that it helped or inspired you in some way.
Thank you for reading,
R'Nelle CyRe' Collins
Writing is fun and liberating, but it can also be hard and scary. I've had many different talents and aspirations throughout my life so far, and that in itself is fun and scary. It's fun being inspired and feeling free, but it's scary when you don't know where to go or what to do next or if you're doing the right thing. I'm not sure entirely why I'm writing this post, but I feel inspired to, so here it is.
I write about various topics and have works that have not yet been completed or shared, but my first published work was my poetry book Perfume on the Radio. That book was and is my work of art and one of the most personal things I've ever shared.
I love poetry because it's freeing. It's exciting, it's raw, and it's real. It hurts, and it heals. As much as I love poetry, it can be hard writing it, but the thought of sharing it is even harder as it's so real. Online and in person I give advice and show the best version of me, but poetry isn't that. I give advice, but I also share how I'm lost or confused and show the best and not so great parts of me. But even the not so great parts of me are great because they're me.
Poetry is hard to write as I'm sharing what I'm feeling and thinking. It's where I share the stories I've never told or the feelings that I keep to myself. It's where I expose my fears and share my joys. The poetry I'm writing now (and that hasn't been shared . . . yet) is even more vulnerable than my first book. This poetry is different as it's me dipping my foot deeper into the water, sharing more of my feelings, sharing new feelings I'm feeling and more. The poetry I'm writing now has inspired me to write about other things and has shown me that I don't have to be limited to one genre, talent, passion, etc..
Everybody has an opinion, and everyone has advice for your life. If you don't get anything else from this post, I want you to know that you don't have to limit yourself. Embrace whatever talents or passions speak to you. If you want to sing, sing. If you want to dance, then dance. Even if you just start by doing it in your room. But don't keep yourself boxed in based on what you think you should be doing, and don't go after anything you don't want to to keep up with an image or to be what someone else wants you to be. So often we strive to be things we're not or to achieve certain goals that aren't ours so that people are proud of us and think we're doing good enough, but you're good enough as you are. Dream and explore, but be you, and enjoy your life. Go after your goals, but spend the day on the beach or curled up watching movies. Brainstorm and create, but spend time with people you love and do what makes you happy.
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R'Nelle CyRe' Collins