Lines For Kesha

Lines For Kesha

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Lines for Kesha was written in response to my research into Kesha for my book Hack.  When I say research, I mean to say listening to Kesha's music repeatedly for hours on end. When you listen to an artist over and over, you begin to develop a sense of their voice and sound that you would not normally obtain from casual listening. I used this inspiration for a chapter in my book Hack but at the same time I found myself writing poetry that was focused on Kesha.  This writing would expand further and take on new tones as I explored her legal and personal battles.  
 
Kesha's struggles resonated with me because of my own abusive childhood.  Kesha inspired me to take a more proactive approach to publishing my writing.  Although I was ghost and content writing for some time, I stopped trying to publish almost 25 years ago.  Kesha's struggles to be released from her management resonated with me and I was able to understand how my own abusive past kept me from publishing. I have since come to understand this fear as a residual pattern of abuse.  
 
To understand this pattern, you need to go back in time to my early 20s.  By the age of 27, I had written two poetry and two fiction books. At that time, I was actively attempting to publish those books.  In the course of seeking a publisher, I allowed some academics to read the material and their reactions and criticisms were extremely negative. While most people would take this criticism and move on by trying to fix the work or determine if the criticism was even valid, I instead stopped trying to publish. 
 
You might be asking why I did this and to be honest I didn't understand it myself until I was inspired by Kesha.  You see, when you have suffered abuse as a child you learn to avoid conflict and negativity because deep down you are afraid of being hurt again. So, when my writing was criticized negatively, I overreacted and stopped trying to be a published writer. 
 
In 2017, after reading about Kesha's struggles, I realized that surviving abuse is not the same as being free from it.  Since I was a kid, the only thing I wanted to do was write.  I wrote everything for other people including essays, content, web pages, etc. But not once since I was 27, did I consider my own fiction and poetry to worthy of publication. Why? Because deep inside, I was still that hurt kid that felt worthless- at least with certain aspects of my life. 
 
Reading about Kesha and her struggles made me realize that I needed to shelve the BS that was holding me back and take the 25 years of accumulated writing and start publishing it. In the last few months I have published more material than in 25 years prior.  I thank Kesha for where I am at now. 
 
With all that being said, I collected my poems inspired by Kesha and put them together in a small collection.  Lines for Kesha is really a thank you to her but it is also for anyone who has suffered abuse. Thank you, Kesha. 
 
*You don't have to buy this poetry it is available on this website for free.  I only sell it here to cover art costs and editing.
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