Hyacinth Days: A short poetry collection
This short poetry collection, roughly titled “Hyacinth Days” follows my own navigation through womanhood and search for an adult identity. Embedded within images, the symbolic process of growing takes place through other things natural and good. These poems aim to serve as a truth without the shadow of many years gone by. As a young woman writing about being and becoming a young woman, my poems attempt to capture feeling, doubt, and life without inhibition. The poems featured narrow in on subjects like virginity, being a daughter, finding an artistic voice—and possibly losing it. My poetic voice often ranges from whimsical and hopeful to ambivalent and anxious. While many center upon a feminized struggle, the collection encapsulates a very universal human one as well. From love to loss to growing indefinitely, this is one form of looking at life. The works are influenced most directly by my own experiences, but also on the works I’ve studied in my numerous literature courses. The poems themselves typically go through a process of editing over a span of months which involves trimming most of what is written initially. Many of the poems featured in this collection have also been workshopped by my fellow peers and staff.
First place winner of exhibition/performance at the 17th Annual Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Forum (URCAF) held at the Rhatigan Student Center, Wichita State University, April 4, 2017.