My sincerest apologies to Yecheilyah – this was supposed to appear last Monday, 1st October. With everything else that was going on in the preceding week, I completely forgot. I hope that, as the last in line on the tour, being late might offer an opportunity to extend the duration of maximum exposure for her new book.
Yecheilyah (e-SEE-li-yah, affectionately nicknamed EC) is an Author, Blogger, and Poet and lives in Marietta, GA with her wonderful husband. She has been writing poetry since she was twelve years old and joined the UMOJA Poetry Society in High School where she learned to perfect her craft. In 2010, at 23 years-old, Yecheilyah published her first collection of poetry and in 2014, founded Literary Korner Publishing and The PBS blog where she enjoys helping other authors through her blog interviews and book reviews. The PBS Blog has been named among Reedsy’s Best Book Review blogs of 2017 and 2018 and has helped many authors in their writing journey. I am Soul is her fourth collection of poetry.
SHE WAS NOT A POET
No one told her she was supposed to taste the lyrics first,
That her brain was supposed to decipher the intent of melody
before it escaped her mouth,
That her taste buds were supposed to burst forth
before she spit them out.
She had no aspiration that we should admire,
Never attended a poet’s university
or danced between the poetic techniques
they said would enhance the skill,
Did not know what all these terms were
for she was not a poet.
Did not understand Dickinson’s Train,
Why it lapped the miles,
and licked the valleys up,
and stopped to feed itself at tanks,
Or why frost stood still and stopped the sound of feet.
No one warned her about the sweet, sour,
and salty substances of alliterations
and internal rhyme schemes,
But she fell head first in love with the way the words
moved around in her mouth,
With the way her emotions tickled against
the backdrop of her heart.
With the filled something that racked
against the torn cells of her tongue,
With the calm that sprayed peace into the air,
With the poetry that took her there…
So she sang.
Sang poetry with all of the ignorance
stomping around in her stomach—
Did not care about its government name,
Did not worry about its image,
Did not care that her words were not professional enough
Fun Facts about Yecheilyah:
- She loves to laugh, and her favorite comedy TV show is Blackish
- She is originally from Chicago, IL
- She’s been married to her husband 8 years, together for 11 years
- She believes eggs makes everything better
- She is a twin
- She is addicted to reading and new notebooks
- Her favorite desert is ice cream
I am Soul is now available on Amazon, iTunes, Kobo, Barnes and Noble, Scribd and The Medu Bookstore at Greenbriar Mall in Atlanta.
The Medu Bookstore
2841 Greenbriar Pkwy SW
Atlanta, GA 30331