Thursday, February 28, 2013

"Simply" Debuts Today!

Introducing: Simply: A Collection of Poetry, a poetic work by Jessyca Mathews, 2013 MANA Passion for Poetry Winner:  

Simply: A Collection of Poetry covers all themes. This variety of poetry appeals to the "children in an adult," reflecting on special memories one will always hold dear. And there are poems that address the circumstances that adults experience.

Simply: A Collection of Poetry, was featured in a previous MANA Sunriser blog post where we mentioned how Mathews fulfilled her dream of becoming published.

Mathews's work runs the gamut of emotion, from sadness, exhibited in the piece, "Darkness," ("It's the feeling of isolation/ Where memories are stalled, when no one is there to help you/ It's worse when the darkness fall.") to sheer happiness as in "Superhero Fun Run"("I'm enjoying being a child again./ I want to think I can fly.").

Review: "I do not have to be an expert in literature to understand what this woman's poems are saying. The title is perfect; they are simply, clearly expressed beautiful works about different aspects of life."

Poem:   Simply

It's simply this,
You don't respect me.
We've gone in circles, playing childish games

Saturday, February 16, 2013

MANA's Poetry Winner Fulfills Her Dream of Being Published

Jessyca Mathews had one goal in mind since elementary school: To become a well-known author. 

Mathews, now a high school teacher, is on her way to fulfilling her goal now that she has won  MANA's Passion for Poetry Poet's Contest. For winning the contest, MANA will publish her book Simply: A Collection of Poetry, is scheduled for release at the end of the month. 
In addition to the poetry contest, MANA also sponsored The MANA Sunrise Writer's Contest. Authors Richard S. Rose and Carrie Mattern won first and second prize, respectively. 
In a question-and-answer interview with MANA, Mathews says she developed a love for poetry as a young girl, thanks to her mother. 
"She was the one who always had me to read when I was young," Mathews says. "She always gave me poetry books to read, especially African-American writers."
Mathews began writing poetry in high school. 
"There was a literary magazine, The Calliope, that was published for the students and staff," Mathews continues. "I decided to send in some of my work senior year, and ended up winning the writing award for the senior class. From that point on, I wrote poetry whenever the mood struck me."
When it comes to choosing her favorite poem, Mathews finds it "way too difficult"!