Author: Anna Harris-Parker
Genre: poetry, Georgia author, Augusta author
I have a confession to make: as much as I love reading, I have a difficult time finding poetry that speaks to me. That said, one of my friends, Anna Harris-Parker recently published her first book of poems, Dress, and though I don't know a lot about poetry, I attended her release party to support her and the literary community in Augusta.
The concept and layout of Dress is based on some fashion advice Anna's grandmother gave to her: "Always buy a CCC dress so you can wear it to church, the cemetery, or a cocktail party." (Great advice, right?). Each section features poems that highlight pivotal moments in life:
Church: faith (loss of faith, search for faith)
Cemetery: loss (romantic relationships, friendships, death)
Cocktail: love (meeting The One, weddings, family heritage)
During the Q&A section of her reading, Anna told the crowd that the poems in this book are a compilation of 10 years' worth of writing. She also encouraged aspiring writers and poets to find the writing method and mindset that works best for them and to be prepared for multiple rejection letters from publishing houses.
Still intrigued? You can purchase a copy of Dress here.