I have just completed a book of poetry, "A Walk in the Woods."
The poems are really simple and down-to-earth. They're not quite scrawled with a crayon, but to say they're "accessible" is putting it mildly. Do any of you know Billy Collins, the poet? He was the poet-laureate here in the US for a couple of years. He was a big influence on me. Think of Billy Collins, but without the heft of academia. Well... maybe Billy Collins as a ten-year-old. Billy Collins meets suburban mom. You get the idea.
The back flap says this:
"This book of poetry chronicles the author's struggle to become fully awake and alive in her life, and as such, speaks to anyone who is looking to be 'in the moment.' As distractions of busy lives and electronic gadgets pull our attention away, this book reminds us to notice the world around us and to listen to our own thoughts and feelings. "
I hope the poems are simple without being simple-minded, gently funny without being childish, and unpretentious without being jejune. (Can you say, "jejune" without feeling pretentious? I'm not sure I can...)
Now, I have to come clean: I went the vanity press/Print On Demand route. So, it's not really an accomplishment, in the way that it would be if I had gotten this published by a real publishing house. With vanity press, all you do is pay the money and boom! a book. But at least I wrote the poems -- about forty of them, all very short! -- decided to make the book, and did it.
Here's a look at the front and back covers:
Book cover photo at Flickr
I'm really pleased with the way it looks. If anyone wants to know more, either about the book or the process of using this POD site, just send me a message! And, of course, if you wanted to actually buy the book, I'd swoon with delight. Buy the book and write a review or comment over at Amazon, and I'll come cook dinners for you for a year! Well... maybe I'll send you your fill of Sid photos, instead.