We are a small group of poets who met on Instagram and formed a page that supports the poetry community. These past three years have been a blast. We want to keep growing, keep expanding. Our mission is to be champions for poets and their poetry. Having our own website will allow us to do more of just that.
In real life I am an administrative assistant and have worked for the same company for 23 years. Long term resident of New Jersey. Typical Jersey girl, who has never pumped her own gas. I am also the mom of three grown children, 29, 22 and 17. In November of 2013 I lost my husband to suicide and discovered poetry. At the age of forty my life began. In the past nine years I have become someone I don't even recognize. I am so proud of my transformation. In February of 2022 I published my first poetry book titled - In Past Tense, Breaking the Circle. So grateful to have finally found myself.
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I write from a place of raw and unfiltered truth. My earliest influences were wide ranging from Edgar Allen Poe to Tupac Shakur, and Jim Morrison to name a few. This work is driven by the motto write without fear, which I pride myself on. I am also known for my supportive nature and my advocacy for mental health issues. This stems from my own personal experience with depression and anxiety which is evident in my writing. I am also highly active in the writing community on Instagram, having founded and co-founded four feature pages for which I am both a curator and live host. I also enjoy spending time outdoors with my wife Anna and our two children, as well as time at the ice rink with our daughter who figure skates and our son who plays hockey.
I didn't know that I would be writing poetry someday. What I did know was that I was angry, full of rage, that I didn't care if I woke up the next day. What I did know was that it was okay to be angry at God (because they say He can take it) and I was pissed at Him for me being a failure at suicide, not once but twice. What I did know was that I would sit alone in the dark at night and just write paragraphs after paragraphs saying what I never got to say to those who are no longer here. Then something happened... something small, something quiet, something sad... I become Broken. So I wrote a poem about it. And then another and another. (that was just the beginning of what I would soon label My Beautiful Hell) When I decided to finally share my poetry on social media, I never intended on using my real name, showing my face let alone going Live. I wanted to remain anonymous forever. But here I am. I am so grateful for everyone at Poets Anonymous and for all of you in our community, because I've finally begun to heal.
Valerie Lorraine is a free verse poet, speaking on all matters of the heart, turmoil, fears, giving up, letting go and starting again. Valerie has also begun working on lyrics in collaboration with musicians. She enjoys cooking, nature photography and pencil drawing. The artist in her thrives in these pastimes.
Her first book Falling is in the process of publishing and expected to release in March 2022. Her 2nd book, My Life…..Untitled will follow with a release of April 20022
As an intensely private person, Valerie has been overwhelmed by the responses to her works. The connections others feel to her words strike depths of emotions we do not always have ways to verbalize, yet here they are for you.
Find Valerie Lorraine on Facebook at Valerie Lorraine Poetic Author or on Instagram @valerielorraine_poeticauthor
I am a 25 year old poet & photographer from South West Sydney, Australia.