Hurricane Vignette by Avery Kilpatrick – Poetry for Mental Health Awareness


Hurricane Vignette

by Avery Kilpatrick
Genre: Poetry, Inspirational, Women Poets
Publisher: Avery Kilpatrick
Date of Publication: June 18, 2020
Number of pages: 64 pages
Word Count: 4,354
Cover Artist: Anna Claire Garrard
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A Look Inside.

An Artist’s Cage
     and painters—bringers
       of life and molds.
    Fingers feather over
   their lines and angles,
guiding hands
Da Vinci or Shakespeare,
or Nikosthenes—
Muses helped bring their
to life. A cage of color
stone inescapable—unbreakable—
in a gallery for all to see.
pillar that others should strive to achieve the
        perfection of the woman:
chocolate hair with
        a lean, willowed figure,
lips, painted face, shining eyes, and smiles.
pinnacle of a natural standard of beauty—
        pretty, nice, braindead, submissive,
relies on the Father,
       their Creator—or the Husband.
independence erased by
       white paint or another block of
the Muses, beautiful
       women who guided men,
 developed the cage, building a masterful
of iron, entrapping their fellow sisters.

Q&A with Avery

What inspired you to become an author?

I’m sure this might be a common answer—maybe or maybe not—but I was in the sixth grade when I picked up my first book. My English teacher at the time, Mrs. Coleman, encouraged me to read and my aunt, Jenni, also got me into reading. I’m a little embarrassed but also proud to say that the first book I picked up and read was Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight Saga. After I read the first book, I was hooked and my imagination ran wild with writing my own book. 

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Do you have a specific writing style?

I have to say my writing style for poetry is more on the free verse style. I’m not into rhyming with words since I believe that poems don’t necessarily have to rhyme or have a meter in order to evoke an emotion or give a message. 

Do you write in different genres?


If yes which is your favorite genre to write?

I write urban fantasy, supernatural, New Adult, and fantasy.

How did you come up with the title for your latest book?

The title of my poetry collection was created after I was released from the hospital. I was in an extremely dark and lonely place in my life when I began to write the poems that fill Hurricane Vignette. These poems were part of my therapy and rebuilding my mental health—rebuilding me. I decided to name the collection after a hurricane because my life felt like I was in the greatest, most terrifying storm I’d ever experienced. I chose vignette because I wanted to focus on one particular part of my life: the trauma, the depression, the anxiety, and my recovery. 

Do you title the book first or wait until after it’s complete?

The minute I decided to write this collection of poetry, I knew what I wanted the title to be. That doesn’t always happen, but for me, I typically title my book first. 

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

I want people to hear my story and know that you’re not alone. That you’re important. That you’re loved. I want people to know that you can get through the storm and make it into the eye where the seas are calm and peaceful.

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What book are you reading now?

I actually just finished Rhapsodic by Laura Thalassa and plan on reading her next book in the Bargainer series. 

What books/authors have influenced your life?

Patricia Briggs, Stephenie Meyer, Chloe Neill, Sarah J. Maas, and Elise Kova to name a few.

Who designed the cover of your latest book?

My friend is actually a graphic design major at Mississippi State University. Anna Claire Garrard did such an amazing job designing the cover, and I feel like she took what I had in my mind and put onto paper. To give a little shout out to her, she also has an Etsy shop where she sells stickers and more! 

About the Author:

Avery Kilpatrick was born in Flowood, Mississippi, in April 1996. Raised in a small town in the Mississippi Delta, she has a fondness for nature and the cotton fields that create Southern snow pastures in the fall. After writing her first novel when she was thirteen, Avery decided to pursue her dream as an author at a young age. An alumnus of Delta State University in Cleveland, Mississippi, Avery graduated with a Bachelor’s in English. She also worked on the student-run newspaper, The Delta Statement, during her four-year career at Delta State as copy-editor and Editor-in-Chief. Avery currently lives in a ranch-style home in her hometown in Greenwood, Mississippi. The mother of three fur babies, Cinnamon the spoiled cat, Ginger the rambunctious old lady, and Remington a.k.a. Remi the service dog, Avery has enough fur from shedding animals to make a fourth pet. When Avery isn’t busy writing her next novel, she goes on walks with her mother and dogs, watches Outlander or Criminal Minds on Netflix, or can be found curled up on the couch with Cinnamon reading a good book.

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  1. Avery Kilpatrick

    I’m so excited! This is a dream come true and I’m still trying to process it! Thank you for publishing!

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