FROM SCARS TO BEAUTY would be a great book to share with high school kids, or with a women's group, to talk about writing as a tool for thinking and feeling. It's really uniquely formatted, with the title, often followed by a zinger last line, at the bottom of the page. It's a book I know my seventh grade girls are going to fight over.
if i could,
i would point out
aligned in the stars
i lost myself.
i was a mother
to my mother
so when she asked
to become one for me
i only knew
how to look down.
i never learned
how to look up
to the woman
that checked out.
--- you sucked the
childhood out of me
she spoke with
she held within.
her fury as no match
who burned her.
In the afterward, Nicki Naomi says
"i grew up writing in a back leather-bound notebook.
i filled every page with poems about the grief that held
concerning my father's addiction to drugs and my mother's addiction to
money among the many other childhood traumas that I experienced. Even at
an early age i knew that channeling my emotions into writing was a a
healthy healing factor. i knew that without it, i would otherwise remain
silent and potentially numb to myself the way my mom did.
my poetry is a constant. and it's constantly evolving. the same way that i
am. the more i grow, the more my work does. i am a huge believer in
turning scars into poems, putting them in a book and moving forward.
rereading them once or twice a lifetime, either to improve yourself or the
lives of others. then, putting it back on the shelf where it belongs.
"you can visit the darkness, but never live in it."
we are meant to survive.
You can read more poetry at Lisa's STEPS AND STAIRCASES.