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By Graeme Hawke
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About this project

Ok so what is this all about? Well I am a 50 year old man who has over the last 34 years has come to love poetry and writing in general.

I want to give back to my community and show others, especially school children than poetry is cool and it can help with the trials of life as an outlet for expression.

So for every $1000 funded I can supply local and international schools and libraries with a copy of my book along with a full background and introduction to myself which will explain the content of my body of work in its fullest.

Issues like bullying and body image are dealt with, death and inner thoughts and feelings also feature.

Why am I using Kickstarter for a poetry book in 2014?

Well I have noticed an increase in young people between the ages of 12 - 16 becoming increasingly aware of there surroundings but at time not sure of where they actually fit in the overall scheme of life. I have also spent a few years now on www.booksie.com helping and assisting the young people with poetry and short story writing as well as developing plot lines and character building for their personal work and school projects. The one overriding factor I have found is that the world has huge potential in the youth I talk with and they are sometimes troubled and find poetry is a way to express themselves and deal with their own situations without resorting to other self harm outlets. I tell the the following words.

"Poetry is Raw Emotion, Life, Death and Understanding"

To this end I remembered my time at school and my first introduction to the word Poetry. I was unsure in my own self that I could write a poem let alone make it have substance, then I had to write a poem about the movie "The Elephant Man" at age 16 and my life turned around I loved the emotion and story telling I achieved and found it was an outlet for my creative side.

Waters of My Mind

I allow myself to drift away

In time, space to a place

In a not yet lived day

In this place I am nothing

I do not even exist

But I sense I am everything

I feel like I am no one

But my surroundings

Say I am everyone

My body floats as upon a tide

But there are no waves

For my body to reside

My eyes closed, subdue

But there are images playing

Dancing in and out of view

The darkness is safe and warm

Like a cashmere blanket

That is tattered and forlorn

Each breath rattles with distain

And yes, I know this place

By the burning acrid rain

The stench of a life full of misgiving

Drives me back into myself once more

And awake again amongst the living

As I float, I leave the world behind

In my bath I hide from the world

As I float in the waters of my mind

This is a taste of what is in my 115 pages of poetry.

Graeme Hawke

http://graemehawke.wix.com/darkness-presides

http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/Graeme_Hawke

Risks and challenges

At this stage there are no risks to the process all my poems and novels are written and the design work complete. The file is with an on line publisher and I can get hold of as many printed copies as I like within a printers time frame of up to 4 weeks. My aim is to create enough funding to send a printed copy of my Poetry book to as many schools and libraries as possible and for every $1000 funded I will be able to print 10 copies of the book which consists of 115 pages of life and poetry for all.

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    $10 gets you a thank you with a link to download my digital poetry novel "Eternal Complicity" in PDF format.

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    For $250 you get all of it plus I will write a poem just for you it can be for a loved one or family member, whatever you want and as long as you require up to 12 verses.

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