Guest Blogger – June
I have a new release from Dreamspinner Press (June 5th), a M/M/M Coming-of-age Contemporary Romance, called It Could Happen.
I’m excited about this because I’m invested in the characters, three teenagers, all seniors in high school and looking to build their futures—Brody, Henry, and Danny.
In some ways, there are similarities between It Could Happen and Us Three, my 2014 Harmony Ink Press release, in that the subjects are high school students who experience bullying and problems at home, which compound their difficulties at school. So if you enjoyed Us Three, or its sequel, Here Without You, I think you will like my new release. And It Could Happen, like Us Three, is told from three different perspectives; however, one of the perspectives in It Could Happen is expressed exclusively through poetry.
Danny is the most obvious misfit of the three, although none of the three fit in perfectly at school. He dresses only in black, has multiple facial piercings and homemade tattoos, and is the only out gay kid in the high school. But he isn’t a shrinking violet; Danny is hot-tempered and smart-mouthed, and refuses to disappear as some of the other kids at school would like. After his sharp tongue, his sharp fingernails are his best defense. And Danny is an artist. He draws and paints, and he writes poetry, which is how he communicates in this story.
I have long admired poets. I can put words on paper in the form of a story, but to put words into a format that is meant to communicate with exquisite honesty and artistry the power of a single moment, and to evoke intense emotion in a reader, is literary art at its finest. Before writing It Could Happen, I never attempted to create free verse poetry because the type of creativity required seemed so very different from the creativity necessary to write a story with characters, setting, plot, conflict, and resolution. But I so badly wanted Danny to speak through art, as it is what would be most natural for him, that I poured a mug of coffee, grabbed a notebook and pencil, and headed for my sunny patio to get the job done.
Okay, it actually wasn’t quite that simple. Before my attempt to put my own free-verse poetry on paper, I read a lot of poetry. I read the work of famous poets and I read student poetry. I reviewed lyrics to some of my favorite music. I asked myself what made me feel so much with certain works? What specifically made these words work for me? I also studied the topic of free-verse poetry, because if there were rules I wanted to know them, and to consider them, if not to follow them.
Armed with an open mind and a mug of hot caffeine,
Fortified by warm rays that seeped into my forehead,
Lines crossed through first attempts,
Ripped and crumpled second tries,
A shaky voice read aloud… third, fourth, fifth drafts to children, sister, cats.
Absorbing critiques that stung in their truth,
Molding and carving each time my eyes lingered
On my word sculptures.
Some verses fluid—a trickle, then a stream.
Others pure exertion—a steep hike through rocky terrain.
Rolling and lurching, I labored;
I birthed it.
None of it safe until I exhaled and sent;
Now I wait for a nod.
The above is a thrown together free-verse poem about the process of writing free-verse poetry.
I learned, in this process of choosing and then changing words to form poetry, that I don’t like to be “on the nose” with my concepts. In poetry, I want to express in a way that makes a reader think and wonder, but never know for sure. I decided that my poetry should require an individual’s personal interpretive effort. Yes, it needs a little bit of you…
You must invest yourself into my poetry, if the meaning is to be revealed.
In addition, poetry must be simple and uncontrived. It must convey a moment, an event, in a way that makes the reader feel it. Experience it.
Here’s one from It Could Happen.
Free Verse Poetry by Danny D
We wear hard shells,
Smooth as polished marble,
A shatterproof cut diamond,
Cold and slippery, like ice on a sidewalk,
Harder to break than addiction.
But even hard shells crack.
The solid, stiff casing loosens and falls apart,
Folding in upon itself,
Exposing hidden softness.
Stripped of our shells,
Now porous as a yellow kitchen sponge,
As floppy as a puppy’s ear,
Gentle and tender, like a mother’s touch,
More vulnerable than sobriety.
Try it, my friends—take a stab at writing poetry. Sit outside in the sun or at your favorite cafe with a deep mug of whatever it is you like to drink, a lovely journal, a pen that fits well in your hand. And spill out your feelings with regard to a moment.
And then read it. Revise it—sculpt and mold.
Sweat over it. Earn and own it.
Your product will be simply that—yours.
With poetry, there is no right or wrong, no good or bad.
There is no judgment on expression.
Check out my new release It Could Happen by Mia Kerick!!
June 5th Dreamspinner Press
Three misfits, mismatched in every way—Henry Perkins, Brody Decker, and Danny Denisco—have been friends throughout high school. Now in their senior year, the boys realize their relationship is changing, that they’re falling in love. But they face opposition at every turn—from outside and from within themselves. Moving to the next level will take all the courage, understanding, and commitment they can muster. But it could happen.
Henry is a star athlete and the son of religious parents who have little concern for the future he wants. Brody is a quirky dreamer and adrenaline junkie, and Danny is an emo artist and the target of bullies. Despite their differences they’ve always had each other’s backs, and with each of them facing a new and unique set of challenges, that support is more important than ever. Is it worth risking the friendship they all depend on for the physical and romantic relationship they all desire?
In this unconventional new adult romance, three gay teens brave societal backlash—as well as the chance that they might lose their treasured friendship—to embark on a committed polyamorous relationship.
Comment below what you think about poetry, if you have a favorite poet or if you write poetry. Let us know and one random winner will get a $7.00 Gift card to Amazon which will cover the cost of It Could Happen by Mia Kerick!
Contest will Close June 12th 2017
Winner is H.B. @ humhumbum AT yahoo DOT com Congratulations –
Mia focuses her stories on emotional growth in turbulent relationships. As she has a great affinity for the tortured hero, there is, at minimum, one in each book. As a teen, Mia filled spiral-bound notebooks with tales of said tortured heroes and stuffed them under her mattress for safekeeping. She is thankful to Dreamspinner Press, Harmony Ink Press, CoolDudes Publishing, Evernight Publishing, and Interlude Press for providing alternate places to stash her stories.
Her books have won two Kirkus Recommended Book Reviews, a Best YA Lesbian Rainbow Award, a Reader Views’ Book by Book Publicity Literary Award, the Jack Eadon Award for Best Book in Contemporary Drama, an Indie Fab Award, and a Royal Dragonfly Award for Cultural Diversity, among other awards.
Mia is a Progressive, a little bit too obsessed by politics, and cheers for each and every victory in the name of human rights. Her only major regret: never having taken typing or computer class in school, destining her to a life consumed with two-fingered pecking and constant prayer to the Gods of Technology.