“What if there were others living in limbo, fighting for balance? What if there were others who understood being strong didn’t mean we were invincible, but rather, it meant we felt our pain and chose to concentrate on the beauty within?
And what if someone was out there with a hole inside their chest they didn’t know how to fill, their only solution to lie in the dark and wait for the emptiness to end, as I still do from time to time?
What if I could help?”~ Jade M. Wong
This is the goal of Glowstick (approximately 10,000 words), a poetry collection that believes “it’s okay to be a glowstick—sometimes we need to break before we shine.”
Glowstick‘s innovative storytelling spans 98 poems, narrating the speaker’s decline of mental health and eventual journey towards healing, acceptance, and recovery. Glowstick never paints a rosy picture where mental illness is miraculously cured. Instead, it guides the reader on a roller-coaster journey through darkness into a place of courage and light.
Glowstick also provides an intimate window into mental illness and self-love from the Asian-American perspective, while keeping in mind that mental health and individuality remain topics still considered taboo in Asian-American culture. Through relatable language and emotional beats, Glowstick celebrates subtle strength, quiet resilience, and compassion, both for yourself and for others.
The hope is that Glowstick can add to the conversation of mental health and in turn, uplift others to share their stories too.
“Together, maybe we can be each other’s glowstick in the dark.”~ Jade M. Wong
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