I’ve learned that life works in mysterious ways, that ships / are sinking around me and it’s not easy to stay afloat. I’ve / learned that perhaps the ocean isn’t singing only to the / shoreline. I’ve learned that words can be anchors or / deadweights, and I’m learning to tell the difference. I’ve / learned that there is no end to the battles I can lose. / and I’m learning that I am worth every one of them.
I have such incredible, unbelievable news for you today: I've been published by Scholastic in the gorgeous anthology The Best Teen Writing of 2015.
I must admit I am somewhat in shock, because the work in this anthology is truly beyond the level at which I had ever imagined my own poetry. There is such raw truth held in these words; I spent an endless night reading through it and savouring every piece long and deep, soft and sharp, all-encompassing, utterly captivating.
What's more: I am honoured that my piece, Ocean Song, is the last one in the book, to round out such a beautiful and diverse collection of writing. You can see it on Goodreads right here, and if you’re interested in picking up your own copy—which, by the way, I would highly recommend; you want to have something this fathomless on your shelf—it is also on Amazon.
I’m always wary of such labels as "best", especially in the context of a slippery and subjective thing like writing—but at the same time, it’s difficult to deny the beauty held in every page of this collection. I could not imagine a better home for my poem.
Thank you so much for your support, lovelies. I hope you enjoy this anthology—both “Ocean Song” and every other piece in it. May it bring rays of sun to your darkest nights. xx