Mitzy Sky's debut collection of poetry takes the reader on a journey through her life—from her childhood growing up on the island of Jamaica, her tumultuous move to the United States, and her struggles and self-reflection as an adult and parent. Tackling universal experiences such as faith and body image, mental health and motherhood, racism and love, her collection of deeply revealing and emotional rhymed and freestyle verse will touch a place in every reader's heart.
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What inspired you to write this book?
I was working on another book and thought it would be my first solo release. I was motivated to get it done within a few months. I felt the energy of it and was amazed at how quickly I finished the first draft. Then, a friend asked me to put forty-five minutes of poems together for his show. I gathered the poems and saw I had enough for a whole book. As I organized them, I saw how my thoughts had changed over the years. It reflected my journey where I was, what I had been through, where I am now, and how I continue to learn and grow.
What drew you to poetry?
That question sends my mind back to: “Jack and Jill went up the hill.” Then the next thought is my grandmother Mum reading Bible stories to me and sometimes singing them in her deep, spiritual voice every night when I was a child. It was comforting; that is my first memory of falling asleep at night. When I learned to read, my hand was the first one up in Sunday school ready to read the Bible chapters, and I loved the way the words sounded and the resonance of it all as a teenager in Bridgeport, Connecticut. As a teenager in Bridgeport, Connecticut, I was in a dancehall deejay crew (one person who spins the records and announces the rappers. While the rappers rap or sing the lyrics on the microphone). We wrote lyrics in rhymes and rapped them over Reggae beats. The ability never left me. Poetry has allowed me to reach the darkest pains, bring them up, look at them, and release them, allowing me access to joy from within.
What's next on the horizon for you?
Well, I can't shake my passion that turned into my purpose. My focus is on sharing my lived experience of moving through adversities that caused emotional distress and behaviors learned from feelings of helplessness and powerlessness. I am creating a Substack page called Beyond the Story: Letting Go of Internalized Oppression. I will share documented videos of my journey and offer coaching support to people with lived experience of using mental health services looking to move forward through emotional distress. A dream of mine is to turn Top of the Zinc Roof into a screenplay and a one-woman show, and I am reading recommended books and learning how to write a non-fiction novel/memoir. I also continue to blog/vlog at www.mitzysky.com.