A Literary Assault to the American Mind


Once upon a time, my Instagram account was littered with poetry. I’m sure I’ve talked about this hobby of mine. I write poetry in various mediums. And though it’s been a while since I’ve posted any, I still write them on my journal. I have posted book-inspired poetry several times on here before as well, but inspiration hasn’t struck me lately.

It was during those days  when Bruce of  @silentnoisepub followed me on Instagram. Almost instantly, he’d asked me if I would be interested in being a part of a project.  I was surprised, and intimidated all at once. Because I am aware that my poems have always been elementary by my standards. To be honest, I’ve written stories and poetry in the past, but to dare call myself a poet or a writer is an audacity. Being a published writer is nerve wracking for me. A dream, sure. But a scary thing, nevertheless. 

When he gave me the details of the project, I must admit that I didn’t know what to do with myself. The elation of  being recognized as a poet soon waned, quickly replaced by jitters. I told him I am a Canadian at once. You see, I was hoping that if he knew I was not American, he’d give me an out. But, to no avail. My being Canadian was a non-issue. In case you’re wondering what my citizenship has to do with the price of tea in China,  see title.

We were asked to hand in never-before-seen poems, of course. So it wasn’t like I just consulted my journal and pick one, or two. Let me tell you, it wasn’t all that easy. In fact, it took me months before I submitted my paltry selections.  I wrote four specifically for this anthology. I wrote about  domestic abuse, the dying Earth, the men and women we elected in office, and homelessness. They were, in my opinion, not only relevant to the American people but a reflection of  global crises that face the generations of children we will leave in this world.

the promise | the giving earth | armed | he roams
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  • Congrats on getting your poems published! I just saw your one on instagram and boy, you are a good poet! I actually really like reading poetry so I will be adding this one to my TBR and make sure I get it at some point. 🙂

    I have been gone from your blog for so long. It was good to spend today catching up ^^

  • That is so cool that you were able to get your poems published Joy! Congrats!

    Naomi @ Naomi’s Reading Palace

  • Congratulations from the bottom of my heart, Joy. I’m cheering you and your work on from over in Australia and I send you a big internet buddy hug, lovely. You are awesome and I’m so, so proud of you. I really hope you’ll be posting poetry and writing on IG again, soon, because I’d truly love to read some of your work. xxx

  • I love this! Congrats sweet girl. <3 You are going to be famous 🙂 I adored reading your poems. I must find a way to get me this book 😀 Looks awesome. <3 You are the best Joy 🙂 So happy for you.

  • That is wonderful! Congrats! So happy for you :))

  • Proud of you and thankful you overcame your jitters. You gotta start somewhere right?

    Have you heard of Carmen Jenner? She used to be a book review blogger like us, then she wrote a short story for this anthology. The writing bug bit and now she’s another indie success story. You might be next!

    Congrats, Joy!

  • That is SO AWESOME! You are a published person. I would love to check out your work.

  • Oh my word! Joy, this is so utterly amazing. I am so happy for you. PUBLISHED POET!
    <3 <3 <3

  • Oh, that is awesome! I am so proud of you

  • Oh Joy! How exciting! I”m so happy for you! 🙂
    I’m hoping to read your poems soon. Congratulations!

  • OH MY GOSH JOY!!! That is so exciting, I can’t believe you’re a published author with your poems! Congratulations!

  • kindlemom1

    I’m still so proud of you!!! Honestly, this is huge and you should be proud of yourself as well!!! Huge congrats again girl, you deserve it!! You are a PUBLISHED author!!!

  • So awesome 😀

  • Congrats and hope the book is very successful! So exciting 🙂

  • RO

    I think I said it on my last post, and that is that I’m super proud of your accomplishments and $15 this fab book is a steal! Your poems are speaking my language with domestic violence and homelessness and can’t wait to read! I can only imagine the nerves you had, but clearly this guy saw something in you that oozed talent and inspiration. You go girl! Hugs…Ro

  • OMFG congratulations Joy! God that book has such a gorgeous cover! I’m so, so glad you got published! Yayyyy!