My Perplexing Complexities has, at long last, been sent to production. I have worked and waited about two years for this book to come together, so to finally see it come to fruition is a great relief and accomplishment for me. I have added poems, deleted poems, altered and edited poems throughout the life of this book, and I think what I finally decided to keep is a robust collection that reflects my take on life...and a few purely bizarre and imaginative pieces. I sincerely hope that anyone who picks up this collection will find at least one piece enjoyable, identifiable, eye-opening, and/or amusing.
Official release date coming soon!
Many thanks to everyone who still reads and enjoys poetry.
My Perplexing Complexities is the second collection from poet Susan E. Henry. As in her first book, A Song for Me, the poet shares her view of life, love and the world around her through sometimes whimsical, sometimes irreverent verse.
The poems of My Perplexing Complexities are as simple, as complex, as humorous and as painful as life itself, and each poem represents a snapshot in time that is as tangible and ethereal as memories captured forever in a photograph. Each possesses its own color palette and its own distinct mood.
Susan E. Henry was born in a small town in Kentucky. Her first published poem appeared in a scholastic collection when she was six years old. From there, Susan continued to write, and eventually went on to be published in her high school's arts magazine. In her senior year, she worked as co-editor of that magazine.
Susan's first professionally published piece appeared in How to Jump from a Ferris Wheel and Land on your Feet, Volume V. The short non-fiction piece describes Susan's triumph over depression, and was written in the hope that others who battle the illness will seek help.
On the heels of that accomplishment, Susan accepted a challenge from her publisher to submit a poetry collection. A Song for Me is the answer to that challenge. Influenced by the unique style and voice of Emily Dickinson, Susan drew inspiration from the world around her and poured out her perspective into her poetry. This book represents the realization of a dream that has been more than thirty years in the making, as well as a celebration of life.
Susan is currently writing her first novel, and continues to write poetry. Now living in Melbourne, Florida, she is inspired daily by the natural beauty of her tropical surroundings, as well as the friends and family who enrich her life.
To view promotional videos of Susan's work, visit her YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/seh5247?blend=4&ob=5
A Song for Me: Debut by Susan E. Henry
An eclectic blend of poems, A Song for Me is the debut collection from poet Susan E. Henry.
Prevalent in Susan's poetry is the theme of nature, but other poems explore romance, relationships, spirituality, and pure whimsy. The works collected in A Song for Me have been composed over a span of twenty years, and illustrate the range of the poet's inspiratios.
I am certain I'm not alone in this. At some point, it has happened to all of us. You live through, or bear witness to, a moment and experience this feeling. A feeling of "Oh, wow, something amazing is going to happen as a result of this," and then once it does, with soaring spirit you exclaim, "I knew it!!!"
That moment plays out for me in the following pages. Too many years ago to admit, a fellow classmate shared with me, her poetry; poetry which stirred my sould with how beautifully our own native tongue could be penned; poetry which expressed life with such simplicity and poignancy that it left me with an insatiable thirst for more. I knew at that moment this was something destined to warm and beautify our world. A touch of color where too often everything is black and white, a calming escape, an excuse to slow down, and look around. A Song for Me is a stirring collection of such poetry, which you could never just sit down to simply read, but sit down to simply feel. Take some time to really soak up some life within these pages.
Take some time, and maybe notice life in a way that you have never noticed it before, or sit back in your chair and sigh in agreement. "Ain't that the truth."
"I used to think that I was just destined to learn everything the hard way. Like the fact that my value as a person is not determined by anyone except me. As it turns out, I have been so blessed that I have only had glimpses of what real pain and heartbreak is.
I have never had to endure the trauma of assault, sexual or otherwise. I have never known the agony of having my child taken from me. I have not lost a dear parent or sibling. But I have watched people close to me endure those things and more. And I have had my own glimpses of lost love, depression, and the trials of being a single mom. Just recently, I realized that this is the gift I have been given. I have enough experience at this point in my life to be able to be a knowledgeable support to those who need it, but not so much trauma that I let it get in the way of being a good listener."