where I ache

Where I Ache Review Marlena Marie

Use of Bold and Italics; yes. Just yes. There is a difference between me using bold and me using italics. It just feelsdifferent. You know what I mean? Bold feels more like a statement, a fact, an emphasis. Italics feel fluid, stressed, an emotion laying within the words. It may just be me, however, and, in which case, ignore me.

Forms of poetry I didn’t know; This was nice for the simple grounds that I like learning new things and I learned of two poetry types: Abecedarian and Pantoum.

Notable Quotes:

“We’re making angels out of monsters / in the dark.” – pg 6 (Please Don’t Sugar Coat This For Me)

“If You Don’t Like Me Now / Then You Never Really Liked Me / I haven’t become anyone / who I wasn’t already.” – pg 137

 

To read the full review visit Marlena’s site here

 

Book Review: Where I Ache by Megan O’Keeffe – Beth

Where I Ache is a beautifully written collection of poetry. Each poem in this book really made you feel what the author was feeling. I could feel her pain and sorrow, her love and heartbreak. I can’t remember the last time a poetry collection made me feel so much. There was just so much emotion in every line of every poem.

I bookmarked so many while reading it, because of how much they moved me. I was stunned by how many of the poems really stood out to me. I just related to so many of them, in so many different ways. I fully expected this book to just be another Milk And Honey, but for me personally, it was much better.

 

Read the full review here via Book Review: Where I Ache by Megan O’Keeffe

Where I Ache Review Alliee Reads

In terms of the poems themselves, I did enjoy reading them. They offered an insight into the human experience, they were easily understood and easily able to relate to.

I recommend it to others who need a hand to hold, who need to see that what they are going through is not something that you have to deal with by yourself, that there are others who feel and have felt the same way.

read the full review here at Alliee Reads

Blog Tour Author Spotlight by Morgan Hazelwood

Name one commonly accepted piece of writing advice that doesn’t work for you.

Read other poets.

One piece of advice I’ve been told is to read a lot of other poetry to become a better poet and that just hasn’t held any value or truth for me. For one, I fear I’ll end up nearly plagiarizing another poet on a subconscious level. And secondly, I just end up judging their poems as a reader rather than drawing inspiration for it.

Definitely a tricky thing, especially with poetry. It’s hard to know what might inspire you.

 

Read the full interview here on Morgan’s website

#review #5stars Where I Ache, by Megan O’Keeffe – Didi Oviatt

I can seriously say, “move aside Rupi, because Megan O’Keeffe is here to give you a run for your money.”

With intricate lines, and intimate detail, Megan leads us through an emotional roller coaster of a journey filled with love, self-doubt, desperation, the grief of losing a loved one, and self-reconciliation. The words are written with the sort of emotion that bleeds through and is felt on a real and relatable place of solace.

read the whole review here via #review #5stars Where I Ache, by Megan O’Keefe

Blog Tour Torrid Literature Interview

How do you deal with writer’s block? What is your advice on how to overcome it?

Writer’s block usually comes when there’s pressure to write about a certain topic or a deadline is fast approaching. For me, I tend to get inspiration driving around and attending concerts and musicals so I try to listen to music to help get the words flowing. My advice would be to learn where you get inspiration from and to not force work just because you’re running out of time. Allow yourself some peace as you allow inspiration in from the art around you and the words will come to you.

 

Can you tell us about your challenges in getting this book completed and published?

This collection seemed to have a lot more moving parts than the first collection, so it was difficult to keep everything organized the way I wanted. The most challenging thing for me when writing any collection is writing the new, exclusive poems for that particular collection. For me, it’s a challenge to force myself to write about a particular topic on demand. I also need to write about this topic in a different perspective from all the other poems in my collection to avoid redundancy.

 

Read the full interview here on Torrid Literature 

Blog Tour Random Musings Author Interview

Tell us a little bit about your books

My first book focused on a journey of love lost then found. Not all poems are happy, as not all of love is. I hope each reader can find comfort and strength to continue on their own journey of love.

Where I Ache focuses on various aspects of mental health such as depression and self esteem. Mental health can be such a delicate topic and often gets avoided because of that. I knew I wanted to publish this collection so that the readers could be their own little community of support and unity.

 

What, for you, is the best thing about being a writer?

The best is probably when you’ve created something better than you ever thought you could. A few poems really wow me with some impressive lines of creativity. It’s also so special when a reader connects with a poem and you’ve helped them articulate exactly what they’ve been feeling inside.

 

read the whole interview here at My Random Musings – Author Interview

and buy your copy of Where I Ache here !

 

Poetry Review: Where I Ache by Megan O’Keeffe — Northern Plunder

Where I Ache by Megan O’Keeffe Genre: Nonfiction | Poetry Length: 157 pages Published on 10th June 2019 by Author Purchase*: Amazon *these are affiliate links Megan O’Keeffe: Website | Twitter | Goodreads Received for free from the author in exchange for an honest review Synopsis: Where I Ache is broken up into six chapters […]

I really liked that it opened with an author’s note, addressing that the content may be triggering and seeking help is always an option. You do not have to fight your battles alone.

I felt heard and seen.

read the full review via Poetry Review: Where I Ache by Megan O’Keeffe — Northern Plunder

Favorites Recap

Quarterly favorites review, June Issue!

 

Favorite show: I’ve been watching The Guardian on Hulu which originally ran from 2001 to 2004. It’s about a corporate lawyer that ends up having to perform community serve at a children’s legal services office. I’m just finishing season 1 now and it’s been good!  

 

Favorite tweet: My Twitter page

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Favorite blog post: Where I Ache is officially released!!! Get your copy here!!

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Favorite phase /word to say: “what is happening “ Brooklyn 99, love this show!

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Favorite thing you did: My sister’s wedding!!!!

 

Favorite artist: I’ve been loving Morgan Wallen’s Whiskey Glasses

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Favorite Poem: My Best Friend here, another oldie but goodie.

 

“Where I Ache” Megan O’Keeffe (self-published) – poetry review — Emma Lee’s Blog

“Where I Ache” has an author’s introductory note, “This collection is published to help those that relate to these poems feel less alone. To know that others have gone through similar experiences and that they too, will overcome their dark days. Some of the inspiration comes from personal experience, world news, film and book characters […]

 

This review is a great analysis of some of my poems! Read the full review via “Where I Ache” Megan O’Keeffe (self-published) – poetry review — Emma Lee’s Blog

Where I Ache out now!

We’re finally here launching Where I Ache today!!!

You can purchase your copy on Amazon here

Reviews:

 

“I enjoyed the writing style, the way the book was broken up, and the overall message of you aren’t alone. I would recommend this book, even if you aren’t that into poetry, there’s always a place to start.” – full review

 

“Each poem in this bold collection spoke to me. Like most poems, I is used so it can be hard to know whether the poem is describing real events. I felt like the poet was speaking directly to me, pressing my buttons.” – full review

 

“I think the underlying theme to all of it was strength and survival through it all. I definitely had some favorites when it came to this collection including “Lost at Sea,” “Fragile” and “To My Knees” among others. The illustrations by Kevin Furey also add a great contribution to the work, at some times very poignant. ” – full review

 

“The poems are honest, straightforward and empathetic. Her use of unusual and very descriptive metaphors sets the book apart from others dealing with similar subjects. The book is beautifully simple and simply beautiful, not meant just for those hurting, but for everyone who would perhaps gain a better understanding of another’s unsaid aches.” – full review

 

Blog Book Tour:

 

What piece of your own work are you most proud of?

I really do love my piece, ‘War Cry.’ It’s in the form of a pantoum, which is hard to explain, and makes more sense when you see an example, but it repeats two lines from each previous stanza so you have to take the readers on a journey with not much material to do so. I think the creativity needed for the form could go unnoticed if you haven’t tried it before. I also love the world news topic I wrote on for that piece.

-Full interview

 

Fiona: How did you come up with the title of your new book?

MO: The book Where I Ache focuses on depression, self esteem, grief, and self love and there’s a lot of mental and physical pain here. The chapters refer to different parts of the body (head, heart, spine) focusing on different parts of where the speaker is aching.

-Full interview