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Free-Verse Poetry, 2012

Melissa Hekkers prefers to refer to her work as free verses as opposed to poems, as the definition of free verses suggests that they refrain from the “steady, abstract rhythm of traditional poetry. Its rhythms are based on patterned elements such as sounds, words, phrases, sentences, and paragraphs, rather than on the traditional prosodic units of metrical feet per line”.

As Hekkers explains, this enables her to ‘play’ with images and external factors that provoke the verses she explores and gives her the freedom to experiment with rhythm as well as with connotations and meanings. Looking deeper into the work, her verses are based on a balance of ten poems/verses which explore humanistic themes through feelings Hekkers believes “everyone experiences”. This coincides with the author’s notion that poetry is a must for everybody, especially if you consider that words are used to express the psyche and that poetry is a play on words, poetry writing or reading is a real attempt to express the inner being without the need of framing, cohesion or structure.

The verses are a selection of works which Hekkers has been writing since 2003, and which are seemingly transcendent in time. Reminiscent of a diary/ sketchpad, the book proposes to emit a diary or journal essence. Drawings, also by the author, accompany the poems in an aim to join this format, as a sketchbook would replace a diary in a visual form.
The poems are written in English.

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About Melissa Hekkers

I am freelance journalist and author, who has frequently been featured in mainstream news outlets and other publications in Cyprus. Recently, I've been focusing on developing my writing, promoting my own books and teaching creative writing to children and adults. My most recent publication (2020) - Amir's Blue Elephant- pushes the boundaries of creative non-fiction, and recreates the moments that marked me the most, whilst volunteering in refugee camps in Lesvos, Greece, and during her ongoing involvement with the refugee community in Cyprus. In 2018 I published My Capre Greco Mandala which is the third in a series, an interactive colouring book about the biodiversity of the Cape Greco peninsula in Cyprus. My Akamas Mandala, the second in the series, is a colouring book inspired by the variety of endemic plants found on the Akamas Peninsula. In 2016, I published My Nicosia Mandala, the first of the above series, an innovative, interactive colouring book about the historic fortifications of the old town of Nicosia. I also focuses on silenced communities in Cyprus: I writes about migrants and refugees, both as a reporter and a features writer; I profile them and teach them creative writing skills. In 2007, soon after graduating with a Communications degree, I published my first children’s book in both English and Greek entitled Crocodile, which won the Cyprus State Illustration Award. In 2012, I launched my second children’s book Flying across Red Skies (in English and Greek), using an experimental approach to literature, for which I was nominated for the Cyprus State Literary award. My third, similarly well-received children’s book was Pupa (Greek and English), published in 2014. In between the last two books, I published my first free-verse poetry book entitled Come-forth. In 2019 she was contributing author to the anthology Nicosia Beyond Barriers: Voices from a Divided City, published by Saqi Books, London