Article by: Kiaire Duclos
Dear younger self,
You are actually a good writer.
Markesia Barron (Now)
Words from Markesia Barron, as she rereads an old writing she wrote to herself as a child. She started writing at the age of 5, according to her Grandma. Her Grandma saved all of her writings, so she can look back on them. Now at the age of 21 and a New Year's resolution of taking her writing more seriously, Markesia has went from drawing pictures of her dad and captioning them with cute poems to composing and publishing her first book on her own. Kalopsia!
"Kalopsia (noun) A condition, state or delusion in which things appear more beautiful than they really are"
This perfectly describes how Markesia's writing has evolved since she was little. Looking back at her old writing, she noticed lots of errors and realized that her old writings were all practice for what God has planned for her writing in the future. She dedicated her Saturday mornings to writing, but realized that in order to improve as a writer she would have to write more. Markesia forced herself to write every day and for 6 months, day and night, she composed writings that would later become her first book. Markesia would consider herself the driving force behind her inspiration because she always had a passion to write and publish a book. She Googled how to self-publish books her own and didn't tell anyone about her plans for the book. She had the creative freedom to express herself, without the influence of other people's opinions. She designed the cover and all, by herself.
Kalopsia is not like your average book, it is filled with poetry of beautiful, vivid imagery and references that will make you stop and think. Markesia has a unique view on the topics discussed in her book. She wrote about being yourself, religion, love, and incorporated some personal issues that is relatable to anyone who reads it. With the book only being 30 pages, she was able to paint pictures for every poem and placing simple, thought provoking haiku's throughout the book.
"Demons", would have to be my favorite poem in the book because it's about overcoming demons.
Markesia explains that demon's was actually the last poem she wrote for the book, but it ended up as the first poem that starts it off because it was so important. After purchasing (support black businesses) and reading her book, it was hard choosing a favorite poem. Her poems "Freewill" and "Past" related the most to me because it spoke to me about holding on to things in my past that are holding me back, on the other hand her poems "You" and "Prey' spoke to this other side of me. This side of me who is learning how to love myself and be unapologetic about the way God made me, but the one poem that stood out the most was called "Forgotten." I loved how personal Markesia got with the poem (You have to read it yourself), sharing things in her life that most people wouldn't share to a large audience.
Markesia fell in and out of love with this book so many times, but she enjoyed the process and confidence she gains with every poem she wrote. She was undecided for a while about publishing the book, but she was confident with her work and didn't let anything or anyone stop her. Even after facing rejections from different publishing companies and overcoming Amazon obstacles, the first person who purchased her book loved it and now Markesia has finished her second poetry book (Releasing in December). Since then she has been receiving support from her hometown, peers from school, and family. Markesia was blessed with her first book reading in a library in her hometown, Adel, Georgia.
"This experience was humbling, but very motivating at the same time."
Markesia would also describe her book reading as "eye opening." There were many of her peers and family had reassured her that they will attend her event. She received so many shares on all her social media, but only 8 people attended. Markesia wasn't upset in light if the fact that she understood that the numbers didn't make a difference, what matter were the people who actually cares about what you are doing. She had 8 genuine supporters who had favorite poems that they wanted her to read and it was so reassuring. Since then Markesia meet up with people in her community on Sunday mornings to remove trash at different parks, has been a part of a Women's Business Expo, and is hosting an event on August 26th, called The Second Wave Showcase. She wants to give performing artist like herself a chance to showcase their talents.
Aspiring to become an 8th grade Language Arts and Reading teacher, Markesia is currently studying middle education in school and share very valuable writing/publishing tips on her website. Check out How To Self-Publish your book, 5 Ways To Become A Better Writer, and other blog posts on MarkesiaBarron.com.