Poetess Breanna Brown takes you on a journey through life’s countless trials and triumphs. Through untold suffering and unbearable loss, the road to enlightenment and greater faith is paved. From the darkness, we awaken stronger than we ever could have imagined.
Amnesia belongs in your poetry book collection if you’ve ever been through a difficult time and are looking for a some hope. Or perhaps you’ve lost someone close to you like the author has. Either way, this book is a must-read!
Hi Breanna! I must say, the cover of Amnesia is very striking. But we can’t judge a book entirely by its cover alone, so I’m sure glad we’re having this interview. First thing’s first: Inspiration. What was your main source of inspiration when putting together this poetry book?
I had to watch my mother suffer from lung cancer. Until then, I always thought of her as this unmovable mountain that would always be present when I looked out into the distance. I had to watch her get chiseled away and I didn’t know how to survive once she had passed. I started to write to cope and it turned into a healing process. Before I knew it, I had a mess load of pieces of me on paper. And I thought that maybe my experiences could help someone…
In our darkest hour, it seems like creativity makes her way into our lives. It’s in those moments when poetry becomes more than mere writing on a page, it becomes a healer. I’m glad poetry found you. When it comes to your journey as a writer, how did it all begin and what’s your creative journey looking like now?
My mother taught me to write before I even entered preschool. Ever since then, it’s been a way of life for me. I write to exercise my observations, take inventory on my emotions and translate our human heritage of awareness into worlds that can be explored over and over again.
That’s so beautiful, Breanna! It’s amazing that your mother taught you how to write at such a young age as well. How inspiring is that? Also, I love what you said about translating our human heritage of awareness. That’s a poem in and of itself! So, theme-wise, what are we looking at?
My book follows a cognizance theme. In the dawn of my struggle, I felt like I’d dozed off into a very dark nightmare, as if I were sleepwalking through my days. Then, I started to wake up. I saw the true natures of love and life in what felt like a moment of deja vu. I began to heal and the more I did, the more lucid I became.
Once again… how beautiful! It’s safe to say that while this book covers some dark themes, it grants an unshakable sense of hope within the reader. So, it’s easy to tell that your mother is your biggest inspiration and influence, but who/what are some of your other muses?
Muses? Ah, there are dozens. Lauryn Hill, Janet Jackson, Madonna, Prince, Rihanna, Beyonce, Missy Elliot… There are so many whom I admire. That list would probably span over four, five blog posts, lol.
I bet :D. I’m the same way, honestly. So, when you sit down to write, how do you normally go about it… or does it vary?
My writing process is a flighty one. Sometimes I have to sit with nothing but a notebook and pen, pray and open myself up for His inspiration. Other times, I reflect and revisit my most intense experiences. Then there are times where I’m driving to the grocery store and I have to pull over because an idea decided to hit my windshield at that very moment. I don’t have a distinct process because I need multiple ways to stay open and flexible.
That makes perfect sense. Inspiration can hit us at the most random of times. Luckily, you pull over if the poetry bug bites you while driving. Speech to Text typically doesn’t do the best job (I would know :D). Anyway, I’m really grateful you took the time to chat with me about your amazing book. I’m sure anyone who’s reading this interview is feeling particularly inspired.