Nightmares, Night Scares, Daydreams : A Poetry Collection of Ghouls, Ghosts, the Undead, and the Barely Living
Do you see shadows in the daylight? If not, let this poetry collection take you to a new place where dreams are not dreams and nightmares are the beginning of all things fantastical. Not only ghouls and goblins can scare you. Fear can take the shape of your favorite uncle or your father. Horror can happen in the daylight. This is what Nightmares, Night Scares, Daydreams will show you. Maple Summers' second poetry collection will bend your way of thought with its new usage of familiar words. She will bring you to a different realm of a new reality, a place of hopes and dreams and fantastic failure. She explores more familial relations, while also talking about romantic relationships in a new way. She speaks on friendship, fear, retribution, loss, bitterness, and emotional decay. Shedding light on controversial issues and her place as an African-American minority in a white society, Summers also delves into the darkness without fear that you will see the darkness inside of her. She wishes to share that with you in a way that will bind you together. She will show you the fear of living and the fear of death and also explore self-reflection and the meaning of self-confidence. Wishing to challenge you to think of words in a new way, a noun is not always a noun, as Summers bends the rules of grammar by riddling this poetry with a naturally free flowing hand of colorful language. And she does not leave out the sex. She takes taboo sexual issues and drags them into the light forcing you to confront things that you may not want to think about. But there are others out there suffering too. And Summers is here to tell you that you are not alone. She speaks directly to the reader without fluffed language or nonsensical fanfare. This is Halloween where we are all dressing as someone else but all we want is to be ourselves. How do you think of Halloween? Maple tackles the question, speaking about the holiday itself and what it represents to her. And just for ghoulish fun and witchery, she has also included fun spells that are a little more than just magic. They are flashlights of her personal insights. Let her share this journey with you. Welcome, sweet dears, to Nightmares, Night Scares, Daydreams.
- Paperback | 104 pages
- 133 x 203 x 6mm | 127g
- 26 Jan 2016
- Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
- Illustrations, black and white
About Lori Jenessa Nelson
Maple Summers is the sound of air being sucked in and breaths exhaled sharply. She is a writer, dancer, musician, and artist who strives to give form to the complexities of the human spirit and its wants, desires, thoughts, sufferings, victories, and failures in the form of verse and more recently, in prose. She began writing prose and poetry at the age of ten and was an active journal keeper. She participated in the Wordsmith writing competition at 13, and won a writing contest with one of her short stories at 15, where she also played viola in the orchestra, danced and sang in the show choir (mostly danced, as singing is not a well-fitted suit in her closet). By college, she hadn't written any prose in several years only wrote prose under "great duress," until she discovered the hybrid of prose poetry which unleashed a whole new range of creativity. Since then, she's published two poetry collections, and four short stories. Writing in both formal verse and freeform, she further explored the form of prose poetry that inspired her book, Dear Lover, which covers some of her personal anecdotes in letter formats in an effort to make her writing more relatable to persons of all ages and backgrounds. Her poem "This is what we should've feared" has been published by Belleville Park Pages, an international literature magazine, in the summer of 2014, and her first poetry collection, Dear Lover, was published in December of 2014. She draws influence from her studies in music, dance, writing, and art, and enjoys holing up during cold days in her room with an endless cup of green tea or coffee while cuddling with her cat, Shakespeare. Lori Jenessa is currently working through her first novel, Take Me In, a book about a young girl struggling not only with womanhood but also the sudden loss of her own sister, which causes her to gain custody of her niece and forces her to become a parent. Take Me In will be available in summer of 2016.