Confessions of a Firework

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Dear Reader, 

Confessions of a Firework was first published in 2016 by World Stage Press. It is a wound I willingly re-open, page after page. The work found here is broken into sections that cluster together the poems in each category: Identity, love, heartbreak, death, growth, and womanhood. In each section, you will find relevant quotes from the Chicana Feminist author and my hero, Gloria Anzaldua. One of the key sources of my personal inspiration and creative awakening.With my background in teaching and my work as a mentor, I did not want to create a collection that left out that part of me.  After each section you will find writing prompts inspired by my poems but also general enough to force the reader to ask themselves questions about things they may not have considered before. Confessions of a Firework is a personal invitation to the reader to take a journey with me back to some of the most formative moments in my life, and ultimately it is an opportunity to extract the lessons from those moments for themselves. Before you read it, I ask of you the same thing I ask of my students: to enter into this moment with me with open ears, an open heart, and a willingness to learn.

Love, Angie



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