News | Publication Day!

I am so excited to announce that both the eBook and physical copies of my debut poetry collection ‘Hearts, Cages, and other Locked Boxes’ are available for purchase from today!

Hearts, Cages, and other Locked Boxes is a collection of poems exploring the self, the mind, queerness, and love.

You can find the eBook at most online retailers. Click here and choose the one you usually read eBooks from.

Click here to order the paperback.

Find it on Goodreads here https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/61355375

News | eBook Preorders are Open for my Debut Poetry Collection!

I am so excited to announce that eBook preorders are now open for my debut poetry collection ‘Hearts, Cages, and other Locked Boxes’!

Hearts, Cages, and other Locked Boxes is a collection of poems exploring the self, the mind, queerness, and love.

You can find the eBook at most online retailers. Follow this link and choose the one you usually read eBooks from.

https://www.books2read.com/HCaoLB

The paperback will be available to order 19th July!

Find it on Goodreads here https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/61355375

Book Review | Explorations of a Cosmic Soul, Allie Michelle

Goodreads Blurb:

Align your soul and spirit with this beautiful collection of poetry straight from the author’s heart. Written by Allie Michelle, this edition includes her author notes that convey the energy she experienced when writing these poems. Inspiring and powerful, Allie’s words will sweep you off your feet delivering the message that YOU are a cosmic being.

My Thoughts:

I’ve started to read more poetry lately, so when this caught my interest I decided to give it a go. Now that I have finished this collection and had some time to think about it, I am still not completely sure how I feel about this one.

I found the pieces flowed well and connected with each other beautifully, but it felt to me as if not every poem was as strong or as moving as it seemed it was intended to be. In saying that, not every poet or poem is for everyone. This collection is just not quite what I needed it to be. So it could be, and I am sure it will be, exactly what someone else might need when they pick it up.

I definitely did have some favourites in this collection though, including: ‘From Lonely to Alone’, ‘Purpose Beyond Perfection’, ‘human’ and ‘do not tell me of who you know’. I especially loved the little snippets of musings which were placed after some poems, these, I felt, were just as poetic as the poems themselves. I would say though, that they should have been printed a little clearer, I had trouble making some of them out. (Though this is more a fault of printing than of the writing itself.)

Overall, while I did not love this collection of poetry, but I can see the passion and care that went into writing these poems and into putting them together, which I appreciate. I am sure this collection will find the right person when they need it most, once it makes it’s way into the world.


Thank you to NetGalley and Andrews McMeel Publishing who sent me this eARC (eAdvanced Reader Copy) in exchange for an honest review. This title will be published on 14th September 2021.

YeahWrite Fiction|Poetry #458 – Time Traveller

Sometimes
I wonder
What I would say
To my younger self

I could lie
But
What is false hope
From a face
Just recognisable
But not quite my own

I wonder
If just maybe
I could help her
Find me
Earlier

I am much better now
Not much more
But enough

And better
Could be enough
For her to hope

I wonder
Though
If I told her then
What I become
That I would not
Become me
At all

I would erase
All that I could become
All that should be
Just to help her

Should better be enough
For now
I wonder
And
Is that same better
Enough for later
Too

Will I soon ponder
This same question
Again
Will I deliberate
On whether much better
Would be enough
For Me to hope
Too

Will I meet them
Now
To unravel a future
I should not yet know

I wonder
Then
Could I rely
Time and time again
On knowing better
Can be better still

Could that be hope?

For now
For then
For later
Too


Written for this weeks YeahWrite Fiction | Poetry grid, I have played around with the optional technique available based on a poem by William Carlos Williams.
It was interesting playing around with that form, I am happy enough with what happened though…

Wordle #164 – The Cheat

Those who hold a pen
Can shape a world

A runaway
In a strawberry field
Or a cluster of aging trees

They’ll cheat destiny
To craft the perfect world
A perfect lie
For you

They’ll capture you,
With just the lightest touch
Or from the widest range

Swivel round
Dear friend
Before it is too late

Lest I find you
Euchred
And broken
Beyond belief

How can’t you see them?

The Mythomane
As they twist and hold
Your soul


Written for this week’s Wordle over at MindLoveMisery’s Menagerie. An interesting bunch of words this week but I am pretty proud that I managed to use them all.