Poet Juanita Alexandria Davis shares her latest personal verses in Judgmental, her second book of poetry.
In it, her words are light hearted, whimsical and “slightly topical.”
Her latest book shows that poetry is in the eye of the beholder. “It’s amazing how people interpret things differently,” she says. “I let a friend read ‘We Cry’ before I submitted it, and he thought it was sad. I let my mom read the same poem, and she could see the happiness in it.”
Judgmental is a simple yet diverse poetry collection containing 62 works. “My first book was purposely majority ‘light’ in content. I even had inanimate poems. I can’t get away from my personality, as I have a quirky sense of humor. This time, I balanced out serious poems with the light hearted more effectively.”
Before her first book, the author went on the Internet to ask how many poems should be in a book of poetry. The best answer came from a little girl who wrote back, ‘As many as your heart can handle.’
Reflections, Remorse and Revelations
How Many Poems Should Be Included in a Poetry Collection?
Author Juanita Alexandria Davis says, “The obstacle was coming up with enough poems to fill a book. I went on the Internet and asked how many poems should be in a poetry book. The answer was provided by a child. She said, ‘As many as your heart can handle.’ ”
Her book Reflections, Remorse, and Revelations is not concentrated in any one area. It’s mainly light in content, especially in the beginning. But as the book proceeds, there’s a mix of silliness and seriousness, and the collection is appropriate for anyone teenage and older.
Davis wrote her first poem 15 years ago. “I have been on self-imposed hiatus for the last few years. In May of 2012, it was time to come back to it to see if there was a place in the poetic world for me.” She explains, “Writing poetry is a hobby. In sports they call it ‘the love of the game.’ Everyone won’t be a superstar, but they still want to play.” So kick your heels back and relax, and just keep reading until you have reached “as many as your heart can handle.”
About the Author
Juanita Alexandria Davis was raised in the Rehoboth Beach area of Delaware and now resides in Baltimore, Maryland. She is an admissions coordinator for a hospital. “The obstacle was coming up with enough poems to fill a book. I went on the Internet and asked how many poems should be in a poetry book. The answer was provided by a child. She said, “As many as your heart can handle.”