On May 30th of this year, I published my very first book. You may know about it or you may not, but for a while I've wanted to do a post on it going in depth on why I wrote it, what it's about, what it means to me, and more. If you want to know all about it, then keep reading
I moved to Atlanta last year on Father's Day. It was a bittersweet day as I was embarking on my journey as an adult as well as remembering the fact that I lost my dad when I was four. I moved into my sister's one bedroom apartment with her, and shortly after we upgraded to a two bedroom apartment that we share now.
When I moved in with my sister, I slept in the dining room on an air mattress and kept my clothes in a travel closet that I set up in her room. I didn't really have my own space, and it was hard to deal with at times. I didn't really know anyone at the time in Atlanta other than family and it took me a month to get a job, so I spent a lot of my time by myself. During my alone time, I worked on learning the city, and I discovered poetry.
Right before I moved, Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur found me at the bookstore. I say it found me because I'd heard of the book a lot before I got my hands on it, and I originally had no intention of reading it. I found it misplaced at the bookstore one day and decided to give it a look. I was going through a really tough time when I found it, and the poetry in that book was exactly what I needed. I found refuge in it and poetry as a whole, and I'd make trips to the bookstore to read works by Michael Faudet, R.H. Sin, and others. During my first month in Atlanta, I decided that I wanted to write a poetry book reflecting on my experiences over the course of a year, which is what my debut book is all about. I also wanted the book to be an avenue for me to share things that I haven't really shared before including different moments in my life and feelings I've felt, so there are quite a few pieces in this book reflecting on elements and experiences before my move as well.
When I was writing Perfume on the Radio, everything seemed to have a proper place. I wrote about things from the past and things as they happened. I also wanted to see within a year's time how I and my life had changed.
I haven't promoted my first book as much as I initially intended as I've been really busy and it's a lot of work promoting your own book. I also have changed so much since then and though there's a lot in this book I still resonate with, there are a few things that I don't. Mainly what has changed is that the things that bothered me in the past that I felt the need to write about don't bother me anymore. A few of my opinions have changed as well. Nonetheless, the work as a whole is important to me as it's my first book and it has shown me that things can change instantly and that dreams do come true.
Milk and Honey also inspired me with my own book to include drawings. Every drawing in Perfume on the Radio was hand drawn by me, scanned, and inserted into my book. I've been drawing since I could write, so to have a way to include my drawings was/is very special.
There's so much more I could write about Perfume on the Radio, but this is what I have to share with you all. Also, everyone's feedback on the book so far has been different and insightful, and I want to keep room for that.
Thank you for reading,
If you're interested in checking out Perfume on the Radio, you can get your copy here. Also check out the Facebook page for more pieces from the book, comments, and more.
R'Nelle CyRe' Collins