No other poet in the last ten years (or maybe ever) has been able to create such a powerful shift in the public opinion of poetry.
Now I'm trying to embrace my dramatic and weird, trying to be myself, but I've spent so long hiding myself and shape-shifting for other people that I have no idea who that is.
I have a really hard time letting go of my excessive control over my impulses, and it makes it hard to just be a person.
For anyone else with fine hair and/or a round face, I am here to let you know that you can have a cute pixie cut.
Dissociation is a form of protection. We dissociate when our minds need to protect us from some aspect of our reality.
The thing about mental illness is that it can act like a giant magnet, completely skewing your internal emotional compass so that it's hard to distinguish between symptoms and regular emotions.
It's an education class. It should educate you about the good, the bad, and the ugly.
I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday season, and I will post whenever I can!
I'm grateful to my terrific therapist, my wonderful husband, my relentlessly supportive friends, and I'm grateful to myself, for doing this difficult work.
I'm learning that reacting to my emotions doesn't actually get rid of them or spare me from that fear, it just adds a layer of confusion and shame.