When you think about why you do what you do, what comes to mind? If you’re an architect- do you do it for the money, or do you do it to build homes? If you’re a writer you probably ask yourself the question “why do I write?” often. There are many answers and they differ for each of us- money is just as good a response as social recognition. But the writers that have true potential, I have found, most often write for themselves.
In the far reaches of the writing community lies a beacon of such writers- each one looking to improve and to grow on their own, regardless of what others think or what value others place on certain collections of words. While I can’t count myself among this select group (Papa Bear has gotta eat dinner sometimes) I can pick out those who are in a heartbeat. The feature I have for you today is such a writer.
Rachel sails the sea of words to create poetry that cradles the very heart of her empathy. She focuses on creating something that makes her proud to have done. There is a passion to her poems that echos in the minds of their readers- a love of connecting that builds a relationship between her and them.
Rachel joined the writing community after an unexpected illness kept her from her normal creative outlet: music. While she poured herself into her poetry from the start you can feel the changes she experiences through time- from the nostalgia for piano keys to the love of what she can do with a keyboard. What she writes matters to her, and gives us a valuable insight not only in what it means to be human, but in what it is to be her.
When reading In Mind and Out, the reader feels that she is there trying to care for them and herself. She bathes her work in reflections of her own life, showers it with her emotions, and breathes life into it.
Rachel truly writes for herself; her poems read as a collection of meditations and cathartic streams of consciousness. Her themes deal with many aspects of her life and its changes. Despite this, or maybe because of it, reading her work leaves the reader thinking wow, this person is so empathetic– she really knows how these things feel!
I hope you will see her work as I do. Take a look for yourself in the next page.