Hey! I haven’t spoken to you in a little while. First and foremost, thank you so much for being a part of the Eyes + Words community. Since January twenty fifteen, hundreds of poems and stories have been shed on to this platform from myself and people like you. This place has kind of out of nowhere grown to a community of over thirty one hundred people which still boggles my mind to this day. I think one of the things I love most about this experience is connecting with other like minded souls that don’t care about crossing the line between normal and strange. We’re all degrees of strange, and it’s only when we embrace that fact that beautiful things tend to happen.
has just released his first book Ways To Upset Your Mother and I absolutely love it. It’s a prime example of allowing yourself to wander into the dark corners of your psyche and being alright with creating something from whatever the experience may be. Along with the story, Sasha also provides his own brand of illustration which marries the reading experience with a humorous edge. Check out this excerpt that he so graciously allowed us to share:
“She tries to corrupt my conscience and turn it against me. But when she’s talking, I let the nonsense in and out of my ear. Approximately one hundred of “did you hear?” Is more than she can bear. She’s upset, you see. And I did it. Haw haw! Hee hee. ME! Oh, I’ll tell you how to upset your mother. It’s easier than anything other. One way: simply disappear.”
I also want to take this opportunity to thank all of you that continue to email and share your poetry with Eyes + Words. Can’t say enough that it’s all of you that makes this place special. Hopefully I’ll do more of these sorta kinda updates in the future if you’d like. I hope you all have a meaningful day and I’ll leave you with one of my favorite quotes I shared last week, “No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader.”