First published in January 2017, the The A to Z of You and Me is a collection of 26 love poems. The poems featured in this publication are all dedicated to my boyfriend and tell my experience of our story in an honest way. Feelings expressed within the poems range from those of adoration and love to those vulnerable moments of isolation and neglect. Throughout the book, these conflicting emotions clash in a harmonious symphony, painting the whole picture of the relationship, with all its struggles and rewards.
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I am Jeremy, a twenty-three year old poet and psychology student, born and raised in Malta. The first inspiration to write poetry was when I wanted to gift my parents a present more valuable than a couple of bills. Eventually, it became a past-time, and upon meeting my boyfriend (who loves poetry, coincidentally), I started posting poetry online frequently, and took it more seriously. In these four or five years as a poet, I have learnt a lot about me, both as a writer and as a person.
During a two-year phase of depression, poetry was vital to channel my emotions in a healthier way. Writing became a therapeutic method that worked wonders for my mental health. Even though almost 4 years passed since then, I have kept poetry as my main tool for expression, for both positive and negative feelings. I also engage in mindfulness meditation to help me clear my head and be able to experience the present moment to the fullest, along with any sensation that it brings with it.
As a self-published poet, my aspirations are to be able to connect with readers, and make them feel that they are allowed to express joy, sadness, anger, hate. Anything that you feel, it is valid. All these emotions are normal, and I believe that we should acknowledge and accept our feelings without guilt or shame. In my poems, I do not want the reader to understand what I am thinking, but to feel and empathise with what I am feeling, and in a similar way, the reader expresses himself in his own interpretation. My next book will come out in 2018 and will be a journey of a multitude of emotions in the periods of my life: before, during and after the depression. It was a life-changing experience and I would be honoured to be able to share it with a wonderful set of readers.