LCFC Journal #14: What It All Really Means

25 Jul

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A year ago, I published my first poetry collection called Life Comes From Concrete. And as I reflect a year later, I’m noticing how long ago that chapter of my life had ended since I first wrote about it. Since the fall of 2013 I’ve started to come into my own as a young man and more importantly, as an individual. By this I mean, at the age of twenty-six I am fully aware of myself and my surroundings. As I write this I am currently seated on a plane headed back home from a vacation (a well needed one at that) and I’ve never felt more at ease with the choices and decisions I’ve made.

I wouldn’t say writing the collection was a chore or something that I found to be extremely difficult but seeing the progress I’ve made makes me happy and anxious for what is to come. When I think about the meaning of the collection’s title itself I think about journey and one’s path while on it. I say this because the ordeals that I’ve faced and the obstacles I’ve had to overcome not only shaped my way of thinking but deliberately set me onto a path in which I expected nothing other than greatness for myself.

The title of the book is metaphorical in two ways. We can look at the title as being symbolic in terms of a flower or rose rising from the ground to live full lives. Also, to connect the meaning back to the idea of journey, we can look at the concrete being symbolic of human beings walking upon the paths that they create for themselves. Therefore, it is very important that one realizes who they are when embarking upon their paths. For the path you create becomes the guiding light towards your destiny.

Over the past year, I feel as if I’ve eclipsed the meaning of the title by experiencing multiple potential paths that could have lead me in many directions. However, the one that was meant for me came about and showed me its importance when the time was right. Now, do I think that just because I know what I will be doing over the next two years personally or professionally legitimizes me as a person or validates the journey ahead? No, I don’t think so at all. But what I do know is that I wouldn’t have gotten where I am had I not taken the initiative to better my circumstance and somehow make a way for myself.

And so, this journal entry here is all about individual perspective. Life has a way of not only showing what is potentially to come but also is powerful in throwing many curveballs along the way. When I think about the inspiration of this book as well as my career as a poet, none of it would have come about had life not thrown me off course and made me experience losing my older sister Alexandra, my father, and my maternal grandmother, all in a four-year span. I never asked to be placed within those predicaments but was thrusted into them headfirst without warning. In turn, these experiences have catapulted me to become a diligent hardworking person who perseveres despite whatever life may throw his way.

I know that my story may not be of relation or in any shape or form connected to yours, the reader. Nor would I ever expect it to. If anything, I would like for this poetry collection to be viewed as a system that helps one gauge and reassess their progress and expectations thus far on their own specific individual journey. My story is unique to me as a person because it was born out of desperation. Yours may not be as dire nor should you ever think that it has to be in order to create a championed narrative for yourself. Instead, when you see the title, Life Comes From Concrete, I’d like for you to think of it as a second chance in all that you do in life. Which goes without saying that no matter what your situation is there is always room for a fresh start. No matter what ordeals you face there is always a chance to begin life anew.

KEVIN ANGLADE is the author of frankly Twisted: the lost files, a collection of detective fiction. He was featured on NBC’s The Debrief with David Ushery in 2014 where he provided insight and purpose about small-press publishing. Anglade holds an A.S. in Theatre, (Queensborough Community College) a B.A. in English (Brooklyn College) and an M.A. in English (Queens College). He is the author of the poetry collection Life Comes From Concrete: a poetry memoir (2016).

Find him online at:

www.kevinanglade.com

Twitter/IG: @velevek

 

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7 Responses to “LCFC Journal #14: What It All Really Means”

  1. N. Hernandez July 25, 2017 at 9:10 pm #

    You may think no one cared about your story but you are a revolutionary man. You are strong and your story is unique. Behind every strong man is a stronger woman & I see you have a lovely woke sister with beautiful natural hair as well from my fav HBCU. U also have a lovely mom and sister. I like ve seeing black brothers shine in all aspects of their life on social media. Looking forward to hearing about your love life and life, now that you are a black man with a strong future ahead of him, which a woman by his side & his family. Keep on writing my brother.

    • Kevin Anglade August 2, 2017 at 10:44 pm #

      Thank you N. Hernandez. I really appreciate your kind words. Be blessed.

  2. N. Hernandez July 26, 2017 at 3:49 am #

    Im not sure if u got my other comment. These things are dumb.

    But loved this story about your life.
    Interested in hearing about your life now and the love life now with your beautiful HBCU woman. Your family. Please write another im very interested in learning.

    • Kevin Anglade August 2, 2017 at 10:45 pm #

      I most certainly will thank you. You can find more writing at kevinanglade.com

  3. Mark July 27, 2017 at 1:52 am #

    Good shit! Glad to see you’re doing well & you actually found love according IG. Nice guys finish first clearly.

  4. N. Hernandez July 27, 2017 at 1:53 am #

    When is the next book??

    • Kevin Anglade August 2, 2017 at 10:46 pm #

      In a few more years. Working on a lot of things currently.

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