Open and Raw is a collection of poems that cover several topics that include mental illness, emotional struggles, heartache, pain and abuse. It is broken into two different sections called Emotionally Disturbed and Heartaches of the Past. The poetry mostly has a rhythm/beat to it, depending on how you read it. I love the tradition of rhyming in poetry, which is something I strive to do in most if not all my poetry. This book is no different with the rhyming and rhythm. I hope you all enjoy it as it is a deep and vulnerable collection.
BIOGRAPHY Kate was born in 1988 in Spokane, Washington. She grew up as a military brat. "Yep, that's the term used for a military kid, or at least it was back in the day," says Kate. She grew up in several states along the way, Idaho being one of her favorites. The final move was to Oklahoma, where she grew to an adult and had two boys. Oklahoma was were she started to learn about poetry in school. She went on to say, "I was about 14 that year and I was learning poetry in class. At first I didn't get it at all because we were covering Haiku's. Soon after we got into the other styles I felt a connection to it. I was hooked!" After a few failed relationships that weren't the most ideal, she found her now husband Sean. "He is absolutely amazing and very supportive in all that I do," Kate raves. Not only does he show his support by helping her when stuck, he also did most of the illustrations on her first book "Open and Raw". She went on to say, "He did all the drawings and I did the editing on them, we really are a dynamic duo!" Kate continues to write when inspiration hits and has several more collections she wants to publish. "It took me a long time to get the confidence and self esteem to put myself out there. I wouldn't have done it without Sean. He really has pushed me. Sean really believes they are amazing and he now has made me start to believe it."
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