This poem is dedicated to Ned Vizzini, an author who graced my early high school years with novels that breached topics most wouldn’t. “Be More Chill” and “It’s Kind Of A Funny Story,” especially, were immensely important to me.

Vizzini took his own life in December of 2013 as a result of his chronic depression, and I wrote this poem to honor his memory and the impact he’s had on me, as well as to retain awareness of mental health issues and suicide, a combo that takes far too many lives every year. Vizzini’s prose was often beautiful in its imagery but not overdone, and I hoped to emulate that and to still incorporate some verse for the formal structure. Elements of his style are present, especially nearer the end of the poem; the last few lines are a direct reflection of the insane, intense, and powerful ending of “It’s Kind Of A Funny Story.”

Also, I wanted to write a poem about hot showers.

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Feast of Trumpets – A New World Awaits

A revamp of the blog after a while of not posting. No more Calvin and Hobbes (and not just because I ran out of images…I swear…) and a new age of poetry. Revisions will likely follow.

The poem (or, really, series of mini-poems) that is “Chill” was created by taking one line from the lyrics of each of the 100 songs in my “Chill” playlist, and trying to make some sort of cohesive story out of it. The source material for each line is in order in the playlist linked at the bottom.

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