Saturday, August 6, 2011

i didn't mean it but i sort of did - kelsey rakes


kelsey rakes wrote her first story the night before she was born. it was a rather touching piece about deep sea fishing, and the ending was a real tearjerker. since then she has managed to do very little with her life except write short pieces of fiction that are 43% based in fact. kelsey studied english and spanish at the university of virginia, and now that she has graduated she plans to join the circus and write about the adventures that will ensue. her life is a constant work in progress.

Product description:

kelsey rakes never meant to write a book of poetry, but she sort of did. her first published collection is unabashed, uninhibited, unafraid, and unforgettable. she writes about death, sex, and mental disorders as readily as she writes about getting haircuts and sparkly tiaras. this volume was conceived after finally conquering her fear of sharks and of dying alone.

Q: What will e-readers like about your book?

many people think that poetry has to be obscure and ambiguous. my work firmly defies this stereotype by being direct and relatable. although the poems are short and easy to swallow, they capture the human experience and leave a lasting impression.  readers will see a little bit of themselves in every poem.

Q: Why did you go indie?

there isn't yet a niche for transgressive, semi-autobiographical poetry—so i made my own. self-publishing also allowed me to follow my own OCD writing rules, such as no even numbers or capital letters.

Q: Who are your favorite authors in your genre?

my favourite poets include, among many others, jeffrey mcdaniel, greg orr, margaret atwood, and charles bukowski.

Link to web site or blog or Amazon/Smashwords

you can check me out or buy my book at

it can also be found on amazon (paperback):

1 comment:

  1. I followed Kelsey's poetry on deviantart and then bought the book. Totally worth it.