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A story in poems, a slow unraveling of the self, dealing with that state of mind, and figuring out how to put it back together again.
A story in poems, a slow unraveling of the self, dealing with that state of mind, and figuring out how to put it back together again.
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You Had Me At Topography is my first book of poetry. I am Jessica Lakritz, a 31-year-old writer, teacher, and digital nomad. The poems in it are based on a true story of some real love, some (intense) post-love, and some of the great and small details that happened within all of that. Perhaps a better explanation is not what the book is about, but what happens in it, which is a slow unraveling of the self, dealing with that state of mind, and figuring out how to put it back together again. 

The book courses four years and four cities, which is indicative of my life from an even broader perspective, as I have been moving around from city to city my whole adult life. Now I live in Barcelona, my ninth city. It’s been crazy and interesting and great. The kind of experience and challenges and insight I have gotten from this type of movement is reflected in these poems, and I’m excited to share it. 

One of the coolest parts of the book is its structure, adopted from Julio Cortazar’s novel Hopsctoch, where instead of just reading it from front to back, there is another reading offered. At the end of each poem, there are directions that tell you which poem to read next. The idea of this dual structure is that, depending on which way you read the book, a different story will emerge. If you are interested, some of the poems from the book have been published in various literary journals, which you can read on my website: www.jessicalakritz.com/portfolio 

I am self-publishing You Had Me At Topography through IngramSpark both as a printed edition and an e-book. In the end, I decided self-publishing was my favorite option because poetry books are often left collecting dust on the back shelves of small presses, and in the digital and DIY world that is 2016, why not do it myself and avoid that? 

The $1500 from this Kickstarter campaign will be used to offset the costs of providing and shipping enough quality printed copies of the book that will last through the weathering of shelves, backpacks, beaches, benches, and beds (or wherever else you might be bringing it). I initially planned to fund it all myself, but unfortunately, after lots of careful calculations, I realized it is much more expensive than I anticipated. 

I read poems all the time that change my life from small to enormous ways, leaving me with a greater understanding of the universe and our human place in it. My goal in writing this book has been to contribute to that, and now I want to share the fruits of my explorations and discoveries with you :) In order to bring You Had Me At Topography into print, I am relying on the generosity those out there interested in the project. Truly, thank you so much for your support! 

To show special thanks to my supporters, I have some cool extras for backers. One of those extras comes from a poetry project I started 9 months ago called Sex on Sundaze, where I write my poems on people’s skin, often in sexual or sensual ways, in an effort to market the beauty of poetry to a wider audience. I post photos of these poems every Sunday, all of which can be seen on the website. Sex on Sundaze prints will be available as one of the extras with your donation! 

P.S. Even if you can’t afford to donate to this poetic cause right now, I understand, and I love you just for checking out what I'm up to. 

Risks and challenges

Creating a book isn't easy work. While the writing is finished, the technical process (things like cover design and layout, which were never my strengths) is underway, which I anticipate to be exciting, interesting, challenging, and in the end, rewarding. Plus, I have some really great people around for real-time support if YouTube and tutorials fail me!

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    A short poem sent to your email, written by me on the subject of your choice, and your name printed in the book on the Backers page.

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