Told through a poetic lens, I Still Have Love to Give is a first-person account of heartbreak and trying to find love in a situationship society.
With over 50 poems and helpful resources such as a guide to creating your own definition of love, a checklist to help you qualify a potential partner, advice for resisting unhealthy attachments, and the ultimate survival guide "From Heartbreak to Hope," this collection is like a wine night with your bestie—raw, emotional, conversational, inspirational, and helpful.
So, I had no intention of writing a poetry collection to publish, but poetry has always been an outlet for me to process my emotions. It was an outlet I turned to while going through my divorce. Little did I know, those poems (at least the few I've included) were the beginning of this collection before I knew it would exist.
Throughout the first half of this year, I put my professional writing to the side and focused on my mental health. I wrote about a lot of things, a lot of trauma. But, when it came down to it, I realized the majority of what I'd written was actually about heartbreak, trying to open my heart again, and the thought of new love. Accompanying my poems with lessons I've learned in therapy and in reflecting on my past, I felt this collection was worth sharing.
It's nerve-wracking and scary for me to share this with you. But I truly believe the work here is not only beautiful and creative but impactful, helpful, and hopefully, inspirational.
What made me finally decide to publish this?
I thought to myself, if I had a daughter, I'd want her to have this. Because so much of the heartbreak I've endured was bred from naivety, inexperience, and a desperation for love without a clear understanding of what love was and perhaps, most of all, the understanding that love is not enough to sustain a healthy relationship.
"There's so much we forgot. So much we were never taught." - "We Were Too Young"
This collection is divided into three sections: We Were Too Young, Just Another Heartbreak Story, and I Still Have Love to Give each detailing different phases in my healing journey, each followed up by my personal commentary and reflection.
Over the next few months, I'll share more details but, for now, here's the nitty gritty.
RELEASE DATE: January 4, 2024
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The ebook will not be enrolled in KU.
***There will be no print preorder, so you'll have to wait to order those copies until January.