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I enjoy how this book seems to have a clear relatable voice while touching on tough topics and also having extremely poetic elements. It is almost like reading a diary of her life experiences that she just so happened to turn into poems but they also feel so intentional as well. Sometimes with poetry, I have seen that authors focus too much on the language sounding pretty but they don’t say anything (at least that I can understand as a person reading for entertainment without deconstructing each line which is what some of the poets want, it just is not my favorite form of poetry so my opinion is a little bias). Whitney Hanson can create such amazing pieces that while sounding poetic and beautiful, have a voice that is easy to understand and wants to say something to the reader. She uses simple word choice overall, which blows my mind because I always try to “sound like a poet” when I write. This collection shows that you don’t always need “big fancy words” to create good works, even though she does have great use of word choice throughout her pieces. She wants the reader to relate and be able to feel what she is saying in her work. I believe that the voice she chose allows for that throughout her collection.

So, withHomeI kind of reimagined the body and the self as a beehive. All of these emotions like anxiety, loss, and heartbreak are the bees. Some days the bees are very unsettled and some days they’re not. WithClimateI wanted to do something similar, but this time I reimagined the mind as weather patterns. Climate has four different sections: “Stormy,” “Foggy,” Sunny,” and “Climate.” The idea is just that all of these different types of weather make up the climate, in your mind and body. The point of the book is that the sunny days are just as important as the rainy days. All of it is a balance.“ What do the four parts in Climate represent?But I wish Whitney the best and can’t see if she will develop her talent! The message is beautiful, of course, it’s about heartbreak and healing, but I feel like this wasn’t it. To not be afraid to be vulnerable in any way that feels natural. Whether that’s in painting, writing, in any creative way that they express themselves. Other people need you and you never know when your story is going to impact other people. I really had no idea that this would and I thought I’d sell like 10 books. I didn’t know how important it was to share my story. So I would just encourage other people to share their stories and to be vulnerable.“

We each begin with a simple note, but as life progresses, we’re led to the next note, and the next—all of which combine to form the melody of a song and a life. As life becomes more complicated and complex, we find that loss, grief, and heartache can muffle our music, making the world go silent.

What advice would you give someone who is having writer’s block?

From TikTok phenomenon Whitney Hanson, a brand-new collection of poems exploring the cadences of love, loss, grief, and healing I think poetry has always been something that’s really natural for me. I have ADHD so I feel like my thoughts kind of come in small bursts of inspiration rather than one novel of inspiration. And so I think that’s part of the reason that poetry comes more naturally to me. But, it wasn’t something I was really pursuing. Being an author wasn’t something that had been a life goal for me. It was a side passion project that I always worked on, It was a way of coping with things. It became this thing where I don’t really know how I got here.” What is your favorite book?

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