About the Author
Laura Marie Clark
Creative Talents Unleashed is both thrilled and honored to announce the upcoming release of City of The World by author Laura Marie Clark.
Laura Marie Clark began writing poetry as a teenager. Suffering from bullying and developing social anxiety and depression, she was inspired by a challenge set by her English teacher to write an elegy and found enjoyment and release in pouring the darker side of her being onto paper.
At the same time, she found an interest in Gothic clothing and rock and metal music. The distinct styles spoke to her in a way that more popular forms of fashion and music could not, and she began to write her own lyrics for songs based in the heavy metal and black metal genres. Some of these later turned into poems.
Her studies and academic writing at university inspired her to expand her horizons and write poetry on a broader range of subjects, a way of expressing her emotions on a more public scale without directly speaking of them. She continued to suffer from depression and social anxiety, but had become determined to fight them and found poetry a good way to give her strength.
After university, she lived in Vietnam teaching English for 10 months and became ever more inspired by the things she saw there. The people, how they behaved, ideas about their back stories and outlooks on life became entrenched in her mind and found their way onto paper. Through this experience and the recording of her darkest personal moments, she has found a release in the written word and a desire to share it with the world.
We are thrilled to announce the release of Laura’s debut collection of poetry City of The World available November 20th 2015.
On 31st October 2013, I arrived in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) in the south of Vietnam. A recent graduate, I had looked at the jobs available to me in the United Kingdom and decided – against every introverted fibre of my being – to move abroad and teach English as a foreign language. As someone who struggles with social anxiety, it was not easy to adapt. Presentations were my worst nightmare – and now I was going to be doing them every day in front of people of all ages. But it was an adventure, and that was the important part.
These poems tell my story. They are the high points and the low points. They are the memories that I gleefully recall to my friends. Some of them were written when I was in Ho Chi Minh City; the rest can only attempt to recall the mixture of emotions that my memories conjoure within me. Through these poems, I take you from the beginning of my adventure to the end, ten months later, when I returned to England to begin the next part of my life.
Out of respect for the people I knew in Vietnam (and a great deal of other people who I was not on a first name basis with), I have carefully avoided referring to individuals throughout this work. I have instead melded the characteristics of people and used elements of my own experiences for these poems. For this reason, I have used no names, save one, which I have changed. The only exception to this rule is myself, although where I end and the poetry begins is not explicitly clear in order to add to the magic of our poetic adventure.
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