Whiskey on Vinyl
Whiskey on Vinyl is the first collection of poetry written by Hannah James. Whiskey on Vinyl consists of 47 poems and collectively expresses the understanding of one’s true worth in and out of a relationship. The collection tells the story of falling in love, experiencing a heartbreak, and falling in love with one’s own self.
I was always the one who in leaned in first
Who demanded a kiss with the hope of being loved
But the I realized the only one who needed to love me
From the Author
Whiskey on Vinyl is a collection filled with pieces I almost didn’t share with the world. There are many poems I thought were too specific and detailed, too scary and honest that I wanted to keep for myself, but then i realized that details and honesty are what keeps us authentic. This is the journey of falling in love, the confusion and self-reflection when heartbroken, and finally realIzing that our worth is not defined by someone’s inability to love us, it is defined by our ability to love ourselves.
I hope when people read this book, they find themselves relating to the questions and confusion reflected throughout. I hope that readers grow with me in this book, and ultimately realize their worth is not defined by anyone but themselves.
Arrows on Monsters
Arrows on Monsters is the second collection of poetry written by Hannah James. Arrows on Monsters consists of 41 poems and focuses on mental health, addiction, and recovery. In this collection, the reader is given an intimate look into life with a mental illness, the suffering of an addiction, and freedom of recovery and sobriety.
Can you hear that
The tightening of the bow
as I pull back an arrow
Just when I thought the
monster had won the war
I find myself with strength and poise
As I sit across from another
and explain my sorrows...
From the Author
Arrows on Monsters is my battle cry. A book that takes on the darkest of places my mind has ever slipped inside only to agree to fight to stay away from everyday. I've seen many struggle with mental health, finding themselves run to substances with the hope of finding some kind of release. These poems take on the feeling of having nowhere else to go, the feeling of never being able to live without the sting of addiction, and they battle the lie that tells us we will never be able to live a normal healthy life.
To those who struggle with mental health, self-worth, addition, and/or trauma, I hope these poems make you want to battle, to pick up your own arrow & defeat the monster who keeps you awake at night.