By Cris Santos
If there is anything that is difficult to do, it is to love oneself. The crushing pain of traumas, inner child wounds, and broken relationships is often felt and rarely understood. In September Stardust’s debut collection of poems on self-love and healing, pain makes itself known, understood, and accepted.
September Stardust’s love for poetry was sparked (pun intended!) in her childhood years.
“I’ve been writing poetry since I was 7 years old. They’d be written on recycled paper my Mom would bring home from work, on construction paper I would fashion into a booklet. I would keep them stored on my study table for my eyes only. It wasn’t till my older years that I started submitting my poems to magazines and literary websites, with some of my poems published in anthologies,” she tells 8letters.
All the Broken Bloom is a wonderful tapestry of poems on self-love, which September describes as a “beautiful but tough journey to be on, healing even more so.” With her book, she hopes to help the reader acknowledge how whole they are despite feeling broken from time to time, and that her poems inspire them to bloom through whatever is in their way.
Readers should not be fooled by the brevity and minimalism in September’s poetry, for each piece carries the weight of age-old wisdom, which is to be chewed and digested, to be read with diligence and attention, as the English essayist Francis Bacon once said. The author applies the same philosophy in this collection. “When I write, I aim to keep it clear, concise and compelling. I imagine this gives the reader time to reflect and respond.”
The book is divided into five parts, all of which allude to the process of growth. Among her poems, September cites Begin Again, Royal, and Awake as her favorites.
“Begin Again captures the gift of things that do not stay. Royal reminds us of the intersection of self-worth and empathy. Awake emboldens us to trust in our power. The theme of these three favorites is loving yourself with kindness and courage,” she explains.
All the Broken Bloom will be formally launched on May 20 at 3:30 PM, via the 8letters Publishing Facebook Page. To pre-order, contact 8letters.