Hey there, darlings! If you follow me on Instagram, then you probably know that I recently self-published my first collection of poetry, titled “Lady of the Cosmos.” It has always been my dream to publish my work and I finally got around to doing so this summer after returning from Paris. Inside this book, you can find a collection of free-verse poetry written by an angsty and passionate teenage girl (a.k.a. me, haha) over the course of her adolescent years. The topics of the writing include childhood, growing up, love, heartache, eating disorders, self-love and acceptance, learning how to embrace a dysfunctional family, and hope for future years. The poems are segregated into eight sections, depending on their theme– each of the sections is named after one of the planets in our solar system. The planets remind us that we are all ultimately interconnected and composed of tiny, magical molecules of stardust, making each and every one of us ladies or men of the cosmos, capable of accomplishing anything and overcoming any struggle– big or small. And as ladies and men of the cosmos, it is our duty to find beauty and pixie dust even in the dark because a glimmer of light and a glimpse of a rainbow can be found where it is least expected.
Many of you may not know that I have been writing ever since I could hold a pencil in my tiny, kindergartener hand. I started with writing fantasy stories, but when I discovered poetry in middle school, everything that I had ever learned about writing was challenged. Upon being introduced to Edgar Allen Poe by my English teacher, I was immediately drawn to his dark tones and alluring rhyme scheme. I wished I could produce a piece of work as original as his, which ultimately motivated me to try writing poetry of my own. Like all writers, I wrote about what I knew and about what I had yet to know. During this process of exploration, I commenced reading the work of other poets, including classics, such as Sylvia Plath, Rainer Maria Rilke, and Charles Bukowski. Not to mention, I immersed myself in the works of contemporary poets such as Lang Leav and Michael Faudet, who most prominently spark my creativity today.
As a compliment to my book, I have created a poetry Instagram account. For the past weeks, I have been using the account to document my poetry and creative writing along with digital art that I find inspiring (screenshots of this account can be found in the collage above). I try my best to post multiple times throughout the day, so feel free to follow me if you’d like to see glimpses of pieces from the poetry collection. I am also working on a second poetry collection, so I will be using this account to announce the release date. 😃 🌈 💜 The name of the account is @littleponderings.
If you would like to support me as well as the Lulu Online Self-Publishing Company, this link will lead you to a page, where you can purchase my book: http://www.lulu.com/shop/abby-staniek/lady-of-the-cosmos/hardcover/product-23265109.html
If you happen to buy the book and read it, it would mean the world to me if you could write a review about it and post it on the website. I would love to know how you feel about my work. Thank you so much for the support and for reading this post! I hope everyone is having a whimsical time during this month of August. ✨