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HERE ARE THE INITIAL REVIEWS ON GOODREADS.COM FOR MY POETRY BOOK: ‘UP FROM THE DOWNTRODDEN’ – Katya Mills
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#There’s nothing like the feeling of connection with poetry… “you tore into us drunk again one of your moods unpredictable charged” 

#overall, this poetry style wasn’t for me. however, the author has a great flow, and even when a poem didn’t do it for me, i could still feel the rhythm of the words. i did really enjoy some of the poems!

#It takes me what can seem like a long while to read a book of poetry that itself is not that many pages with poems that aren’t themselves pages long. I do this because, to me, poetry is a short form of expression that, even in its longer iterations, conveys deep emotions and intimate thoughts in terms sometimes abstract, but always involving a tone/mood. Katya Mills’ collection is ripe with such short poems that convey certain moods.

#i LOVED reading this book. i win it in a giveaway, and stayed up at four in the morning reading through it. im normally not a poetry person, but something about this book really made me connect with it. ill definitely be reading through again, making it like my daily one page at a time book.

#I’m not a big poetry reader but I’m very happy I got to read this gem. It was so refreshing and I really enjoyed reading it

profile of a rainmaker. 1950

what with his fancy suits and rolodex he

brought all kinds of business to the firm and great parties

and for that he was appreciated in NYC

yet nobody knew how he truly felt about anything

the only evidence he had he belonged

was a pulse

#katyamills

Up from the DownTrodden

Book synopsis: Divided into quintets, Up from the Downtrodden offers the possibility of hope to anyone feeling hopeless in the world today. The poems within, culled from a period of inspiration and resurgence after more than a decade of hopeless struggling and despair, honor both the darkness and the light. There is a chance, when the two are integrated, to turn what is bitter in life, sweet.

‘heavy metals’

dissociative
staring at the wall again
they turned up the volume

zero calorie heavy
metals to defend against they
demons

Get your copy here: https://www.amazon.com/Up-Downtrodden-Katya-Mills/dp/B09T66LP1G

book of poetry (new release)

hello friends! this is Katya. i am happy to announce i released my first book of poetry yesterday. Up From the Downtrodden. thanks for all your feedback here as many of the poems i chose to include came by looking at my wp statistics and finding the poems that you all loved the most over the past several years. i have been primarily an author of fiction and creative nonfiction, and all of my 6 published works on goodreads.com (and amazon.com) are either novels and novellas. i am fully independent and do all my own editing and self-publishing. i use beta readers to ensure the content is highest quality.

i took every poem through additional edits over the past year as i built this collection up, so poems you find in the collection will be more fully realized versions of themselves. the only way i’ve been capable of publishing a poem a day for the last 9 years (the promise i made to myself for a daily spiritual practice and meditation) has been to work quickly yet carefully, revisiting each poem 1-4 times, before the commitment. this process has left some room for potential and actualization. i believe you will not be disappointed if you choose to purchase (or, if you have amazon prime, you can read the ebook for free) the paperback. thank you for supporting independent authors like myself! – Katya Mills

turn on

when all’s quiet 

in my home 

the great amplitude 

of raw energy

like a switch

turns me

on

#katyamills

sea.worthy

seaworthy to be

we wore layers upon layers

thick wool caps to be

landworthy laced our boots tight

to be worthy to be

we wore our hearts out

unfurled them off a post

gave them to all 

the elements

our adversaries 

did not stand 

a chance


#katyamills

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i died 4 music


cuttin and pinning wires

while you carve squares into the cabinet
the blade breaks clean

under your power

my lips in stereo thanking you
a star thrown

strikes me in the chest
i died

4 the love of

music

nail polish

my nails grow so fast

they will push you out of bed

they said. you won’t even recognize me 

this november unless you feel

light

#katyamills

other.ness

intervals together we

shared the unforgettable 

brevity the building feverish 

the long hours waitin…

years later got our wish

all our days twenty

four seven together we 

could have killed each

other and then…

we did  #katyamills

blow the disparate minds

takes silence   

thought     

space     

feeling

reflection

on all the tragedy

you inflicted and when the time comes 

destroy the very home obliterate the ego 

rebuild it from scratch

and blow the 

disparate 

minds

#katyamills