Foreword . . .
“This Is My Pen: Vol I” is a public declaration that lays claim to the art of writing and expression by Jody “Tru Story” Austin.
Jody layers multiple voices and imagery to convey subtle and direct messages without holding back how “you may feel” about how she translates, transcribes and transcends traditions through her art, which is now yours.
KD Morris – Poet, Producer, Educator, Professional Photographer
Preface . . .
In this book of poetry I share some of my most personal writings with you the reader. I illustrate how writing about life can be translated from a creative perspective. Writers are often inspired by our environments and different things that we see around us. Everything inspires me to write, but most importantly I want to inspire others to write. It is my desire for all people to tap into their ability to create. Creating brings about a balance in life. It allows us to see the beauty in life. Writing has been a very powerful, healing, and therapeutic process for me. I believe that writing and other mediums of art help bring about communication and a different perspective that helps people to grow. This book evolved from a two year process of consistent writing, learning, and honing my craft. There is a variety of structured and free verse poetry in this book that explores love, relationships, womanhood, empowerment, faith, encouragement and more. I hope that every reader can relate to the poems and enjoy the beauty of my words.
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