First Life

It seems fitting that First Life, my first full-length collection of poems, was published by Emrys Press in Greenville, South Carolina, the town where I was born and often returned to visit family and friends. There I met the first confusion of grief, as my grandmother sank into depression and became hospitalized (“Dark Sits Down”); the loss of innocence, as I came to know more of the adult world than I felt I could handle (“Forbidden Children”); and the pleasure of play, of imagining my way out of tough spots (“Cats for the Funeral”). Any resilience I possess comes in large part from growing up in that place among those people.


Getting Through
Floor Eight
Cats for the Funeral


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