The singular experience of holding your first paperback book in your hands is incredible. I sat back with a cup of black coffee and rested on the futon facing the purple pop-wall in my partner's living room and opened the sample bag with Usurper Kings inside. Wind rustled in the trees outside the bank of windows, a swathe of green reflecting chipper and gentle on the purple and pink of Usurper King's cover art.
I fell in love.
Usurper Kings is a first work in a bath tub of many. It's a poetry collection which burbled up from over a decade of experience throughout the feminine and masculine worlds. It's been called "jaw-droppingly beautiful" and "structured with strength and individual beauty" and "the book that made me glad I'm on author Burnell's side of the gender divide". It's a privilege and prayer answered to have it, and love each pop of black ink on white paper.
Here's to you loving it too.