At the turn of the year, a friend of mine suggested that I do a chapbook. At the time, I had no idea what a chapbook was, and even when I found out, I wondered if I really was qualified enough to do anything that daring.
Read the work of quite a number of poets, and immediately, my major challenge was that I felt my work wasn’t quite there yet as far as ‘standard‘ poetry is concerned, but then I made a commitment to go for it and “announce a release” on the 27th day of this month. I regretted that decision almost immediately because I thought of all the things producing a book however small entails.
But you see… At some point, I had to tell myself to just go with it, and do what I could, and so I decided I’d self publish and then make it available discreetly to only my closest friends.
I wished I could tell the few people excited for me that it
wasn’t isn’t much of a big deal and it’s not like I’m signing a book deal with some fancy publishing outfit, but they’d have none of it, and I just had to man up and do what I had to do.
I crafted a mini advert, put it up as a display picture, there and then, I knew I couldn’t go back anymore, and it wasn’t going to be for just my closest friends alone anymore.
Thought about calling off the plan severally, but the people I had told and would let down, as well as the fact that my first major milestone for the year would have lay in shreds was enough to help me make a decision.
So… Here we are today, here’s my first publication.
Someday soon, there’ll be much better showings, brand new publications, proper book readings to go with launching perhaps, and much more. But this is today, and this is BÀTÁ DRUMBEATS AND OTHER POEMS and I’m chuffed I made good on my promise to self.
I do hope you find my compilation any useful.
Cheers to beginnings.
Cheers to the journey every one of us embarks on; ALWAYS BECOMING, CONSTANTLY EVOLVING.
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