I started writing poems when I was 16 years old. Shy and insecure, I didn’t know how to express my feelings vocally, so I wrote them down. I would write letters to my friends, crushes, and teenage lovers and document all of my feelings. My diaries were filled with some of my most sacred experiences. Some of these included my first boyfriend, my first kiss, losing my virginity, as well as hating my mom and everything else under the sun.
The birth of poetry in my life occurred when I moved from Miami to London at the age of 16. Having been in the middle of an environmental and emotional transition, I had no other outlet. This said outlet I found in the written word was the beginning of a collection of poems that would fill the pages of my book ‘The Naked Butterfly‘.
What’s the Book About?
‘The Naked Butterfly’ is a creative nonfiction narrative that will take you on my journey to discovering and defining my self-identity. Through sharing my turbulent emotions, experiences and heart-felt reflections I focus on challenges relating to gender, sex, pain, self-identity, purpose and relationships. The book explores the naïve hopes, persistent insecurities, and painful scars that many of us young women are forced to bear. Through a collage of poems about life, stories and honest reflections, ‘The Naked Butterfly’ carries you on a journey of battles that have been won and lost. I is essentially a journey of how I managed to carve my own identity despite all odds.
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What inspired The Naked Butterfly?
When you see someone naked, what’s usually your first reaction? I tend to feel uncomfortable. Most of us do as a matter of fact. A few words to describe how we tend to feel include; dirty, embarrassed, immoral, impure, vulnerable, awkward, lustful, and like we’re exposing something that should be intimate.
My book was inspired by my desire to free myself through nakedness. To show women who are struggling with insecurities and scars that don’t seem to heal that it’s okay. Nakedness is an essential part of self-discovery and something to embrace, not be ashamed of.
What is the Purpose of This Book?
Writing this book was about pouring myself out. It was about giving myself permission to heal so that others could have the courage to heal as well. It is a way of me saying that I understand how you’re feeling in that prison and sitting with you there, even if for a moment. Through my experiences, I want to show young women that I know what it means to be drowning and desperately in need of someone to tell you to keep swimming, even if only for a few more moments. I wrote this book understanding the woman who wants to put herself back together but you hasn’t got a clue where all of the broken pieces have dispelled to.
Through the pages and poems in this book, I wanted to offer one of the broken pieces of myself I’ve found in hopes that it will fit into your journey on becoming whole again. Through poems, I needed women to know that I understand the pain and loneliness that accompanies trying to find who you are. Seeing as I too have been eroded by the destructive pain of rejection, I wanted superwomen everywhere to know that what is eroded can still be recovered.
I knew that by writing things that made my hands tremble as I typed, I would somehow begin to heal. Deep down inside, I knew that the rawness of words that made tears burn through my eyes and penetrate my cheeks would heal. Writing this book was about how I healed and how I’m still healing.
The ultimate purpose of this book is mental and emotional the liberation of myself and other women around the world. I want it to take women one step closer to freedom from fear, the judgment of others, and crippling insecurities.
Are There Only Poems Inside?
There are 5 chapters and 36 poems knitted in-between stories and reflections throughout each chapter. This makes it suitable for both the poetry lovers and those who aren’t big fans of poetry as well. I hope you will find a few that speak to you personally and which you can call your own.