Fall Survey Results

Hi, howdy, hello everybody!

Wow y’all haven’t heard from me since October. Sorry about that! I’ve been busy as a bee with a combination of college applications, homework and traveling. Before I went to China, (yes, I went to China) I surveyed some of the teachers and members of my graduating class at my school. I have been running under the assumption that my teachers and fellow seniors will most likely make up 95% of the people who buy my book. Let’s look at the survey results and see if that is true.

I surveyed 24 high school teachers and 36 seniors.


87% of teachers surveyed like poetry.

83% of teachers surveyed would buy a poetry book written by a student.

79% of teachers surveyed would buy a poetry book for $10.

37% of teachers surveyed would buy a shirt to promote a student’s book.

75% of teachers surveyed listen to the announcements most of the time/everyday.



66% of seniors surveyed like poetry.

80% of seniors surveyed would buy a poetry book from a peer.

66% of seniors surveyed would buy a poetry book for $10.

41% of seniors surveyed would buy a shirt to promote a peer’s book.

52% of seniors surveyed listen to the announcements most of the time/everyday. 



The majority of teachers surveyed receive their school related news through students, other teachers and emails.

The majority of seniors surveyed use Instagram, Email, Text and Snapchat (in decreasing order) as means of communication.



I would like to believe that the numbers are in my favor. Of the 20 teachers and 29 seniors who claimed on the survey that they would buy a book, I believe about 15 and 20, respectively, may actually do so. The one result that was disappointing but expected was the amount of people who selected no for the question regarding the shirt (27 teachers and senior in total). But the shirts are simply a method to promote the book and the survey presented me with some insight on potentially better ways to promote. A shockingly high amount of teachers and seniors listen to the announcements. I was already planning on announcing my book release party on the announcements but the results are extra incentive to do so. I also know that social media will be my best bet for distributing information about the book, including how to buy it, to my peers.


Thanks for reading!

Tarebear the Writer



Trench Coat

On cold nights
I would pull you
in by your
trench coat.
You always wore
a trench coat.
And you’d wrap
your long arms
Around me.
I didn’t know
Darling, I didn’t know
that our last kiss
would be our last.
I didn’t know
baby, I didn’t know
how safe I felt
In your arms.
I didn’t know
honey, I didn’t know
how warm you made
Me feel.
Until I was left
frightened, and cold.
I miss your
trench coat.
You always wore
a trench coat.

I Don’t Know Why

I don’t know
I don’t miss you
But goodness
I wanna cry
I wanna scream
It’s not about you
It’s not about me
It’s not about
anything anymore
It’s about how everything
Is so much
so much
too much
I think too much
I can’t cry
The tears won’t come out
I’ve dried up
I don’t miss you
I want to cry
I just don’t know why

September Updates and Notes


Golly has this school year been busy! It’s only November and I feel like I’ve been in school for six months. My book progress is going well! I am ironing out some kinks with the format and playing around with ideas in my head. The more I plan, the more excited I get! I am currently working on compiling the poems and trying to decide what I want in and what won’t make the cut. Just hang in tight for a few more months and you’ll be holding your very own copy in no time.

For my September work I began reading Self-Publishing for Dummies by Jason R Rich.



My notes from the first three parts of the book are in the Power Point below.

SIE September


Thanks y’all,



Summer Updates and Notes


As I may or may not have mentioned before, I am working on my first ever poetry book. To do so I will be reading books, taking surveys, looking at and reviewing other collections of poetry and conducting some interviews. I will be posting some of my research and updates in the form of Power Points, Documents and blog posts. Today I will be sharing my first Power Point with you. It was created over the summer and is a combination of results from the Survey Monkey I did and the book I read. Enjoy!

Book: 100 Common Publishing Questions Answered – Derek Murphy



SIE Summer


Thank you!



don’t tell me
that you like me
if you don’t mean it
my feelings
are not a chess match
you cannot play me
until you win
I will not be your
consolation prize
when you can’t have
the girl whom you
deem as
actually valuable
I am valuable.
So if you only want my body
tell me that you
only want my body
but don’t lie
and say you like me
just so you can have me
I am not a piece of

Love Poems Pablo Neruda by Nobel Laureate Review

Love Poems Pablo Neruda – Nobel Laureate

The book itself is quite small, measuring about 6 inches x 3.5 inches and only a few centimeters in diameter. The cover is simple, a light pink (blush) base color with rose gold swirls. The cover plays to the romantic poems that are inside. The title is in large font that is connected to the swirls. The author’s name is in a smaller font, separate from the swirls, but in the same color as the title and swirls. The spine of the book is a continuation of the cover design with the title and “ND” (presumable for A New Directions Paperbook) towards the bottom. The back cover has few swirls continuing from the spine and the barcode at the bottom. The book is a perfectly bound paperback (pages glued together) with folded flaps on the front and back cover. On the inside flap of the front cover the ISBN number and price of the book is listed along with a short summary of the collection and three reviews. The short description of the collection uses attention grabbing diction, such as “fiery” and “captivating”, to attract the buyer without saying anything about the poems themselves besides where they were written and a general idea of what they’re about. The description draws in the reader by mentioning that Pablo Neruda  is a Nobel Prize winner and by following that with reviews that revere Pablo Neruda as a great poet. The back flap has a photograph of Pablo Neruda with an extremely brief biography underneath followed by a quote about the poet. Below the quote in smaller letters is cover design credits, illustration credits and author photograph credits. Beneath that information is the publisher information including name, logo, address and website. The front cover flap is followed by a design-less title page, then another title page that mimics the cover design. The secondary title page also contains the name of the translator (as the collection of poetry contains Pablo Neruda’s poems side by side in both Spanish and English) along with the name of the publisher and the publisher’s logo. On the back of the secondary title page is the copyright page. Next is the table of contents, titled simply “contents”, which lists the names of the poems in both English and Spanish along with page numbers. The next page is a third title page that serves as page 1 but is not marked with a page number. The inside of the book is formatted in plain text, no bolding, underlining or italicizing. The title of the poem in Spanish is in a slightly larger font then the poem itself and is in all capital letters. The body of the poem is in the same font as the title but the letters are not all capitalized. The English translation of the poem follows the same format and is mirrored on the next page.  The page numbers are decorated with swirls similar to those on the cover (simplified) and are located on the bottom left of the left page and bottom right of the right page


The overall structure of the collection of poems is quite visually appealing. The book is the perfect size because there are not a lot of poems in there so if the book were any bigger vertically, it would be way too thin. The size of the book also lines up with the size of Pablo Neruda’s poems because many of them fit on one page. In my opinion,  the organization of beginning is a little awkward because there are simply too many title pages. Yet, I really like the formatting of the interior. The font of title of each poem was not drastically different from the poem itself which is beneficial for easily gliding into the poem. The font is really easy to read and the design on the page numbers adds a simple elegance to each page. I really like the cover because it is simple but tasteful. The rose gold coloring of the swirls adds some elegance and the blush background plays well with the romantic poetry. Having the description, author information and reviews spread out on inside flaps is great for design because it declutters the back. The organization of the poems themselves is also rather clever because some poems that are similar are placed near each other such as how “Your Feet” , “Your Hands” , and “Your Laughter” are back to back right after “The Queen”. The length of the book is also nice because it is only 20 relatively short poems all adding up to only 90 pages.






You know what’s funny?
I never noticed
I had big lips
until you told me
you never kissed a girl
with big lips before.
Well that’s not true
but how tragic would
it be if it were…
I can’t help but wonder
if our flaws are flaws
because we think they
detract from our potential
or if our flaws are flaws
because they’re what
make us different
from those we find to be
My forehead is too big
because hers is small
and you think she’s gorgeous.
My lips are too big
because hers are thin
and you want to kiss her.
I am too tall
because she is petite
and you want to hold her.
I am all wrong
because she is my opposite
and you love her.
Isn’t that funny?

Burning Out

I never noticed

that each time

I gave you a piece of me,

I was tearing myself apart.


Once a constellation

I am now a run down

collection of burnt out



If you won’t

set my heart ablaze,

If you won’t pick up

the fragments of my being

that are scattered on the floor,

at least return the pieces you have taken.


I wish to be whole again.