Andrew Byrne Announces Release of ‘First Words’

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New poetry collection takes readers deep within themselves to see who they truly are.

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I want readers to feel like they themselves are moving through these poems. That it is they who are dreaming or confronting something about themselves

Inspired by his love of words, author Andrew Byrne decided to write “First Words” (published by iUniverse), a collection of poetry that takes sound and word comprehension and merges the two together to form poems that will help readers find inspiration in their life.

The collection of poetry combines the author’s strong voice and clever wit to help readers see, through an often humorous lens, how vulnerable humans are in personal relationships, as well as in society. Each poem helps readers, as the author states, “dream on when a dream is given up, witness the struggles of others to get through a day, see the ravaging power of jealousy or rage when unleashed against another person, and see the power of nature help them commune with their own inner self.”

Albert DeGenova, poet, editor and publisher of After Hours magazine says, “‘First Words’ is a diverse collection of poetry that shares one man’s view of the world, designed to provoke emotion, humor and, most importantly, reflection on the beauty of life. It is a journey to remember.”

“I want readers to feel like they themselves are moving through these poems. That it is they who are dreaming or confronting something about themselves,” says Byrne. “I want readers to take away that ancient deep abiding belief in the enduring power of nature to release ourselves from our self, to free our imagination and to understand what can be had for a moment's time letting the mind wander and perhaps grasp the faint recognition of our own impossibly beautiful and fragile place in creation.”

First Words
By Andrew Byrne
Softcover | 5.5 x 8.5in | 108 pages | ISBN 9781475981773
E-Book | 108 pages | ISBN 9781475981780
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Andrew Byrne graduated from Loyola University in Chicago. He has published poems and fiction in After Hours magazine, The Chicago Reader, Poetry Quarterly and Oyez Review. His short story, “Delores Decides to Die,” was produced and staged in 2004. He and his wife, Sharon, live in Oak Park, Ill. They have three children.

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