Author Itasska L. Chatman Finds Self-Therapy with the Aid of Writing

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New book, “Black Octagon,” reveals one woman’s intimate journey through her relationships and her struggles of intimacy, pathology and dysfunction.

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Author Itasska L. Chatman unveils her first publication, Black Octagon, which serves as her therapy and self-reflection. The book is about one woman’s amazing journey to self-discovery through the therapeutic outlet that she found in writing. Her poems and essays reveal so much about herself, making her realize some very important facts that will help her start anew.

Black Octagon is best described as the mental state Ms. Chatman lived in. Her issues are displayed and witnessed in her relationships. Her poems, letters, and essays became her outlet to express how she feels, making her think thinking about her life- the past, present, and future. Most of them contain intimate details of her experiences with Black men and the dysfunction and pathology that she tried so very hard to break away from and understand. Some celebrate her love and honor for Black men, while others color her insecurities and frustration in those relationships.

She also describes the mental state in which she lived in while dealing with the abandonment, emotionally unavailable men and the loss and grief in her life. Her works are the snapshots of her emotional frustrations and insecurities in those relationships. Her hope is that everyone finds their own truth, their own Black Octagon, and does it in a way that it can help them move on and maybe inspire others. She believes that everybody deserves to be in happy, healthy relationships, but they’ve got to do the inner work first.

Intimate and very insightful, Black Octagon is a Black Woman’s endless search for love that she feels missing in her life, disguised by her fear of abandonment, insecurity, loss and grief. This is a valuable book for men and women who are trying to understand their relationship with each other and how to recognize their patterns with emotionally unavailable partners.

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About the Author
Itasska L. Chatman was born in Minneapolis, MN, named after the beautiful Lake Itasca (“up north”). It is the head waters of the Mississippi River which runs through the “Twin cities”, Minneapolis and St. Paul. Her mother, who was eight months pregnant, along with her father, noticed the small lake on a map that served as the source of the river while they were getting their marriage license. When her mother gave birth, she was inspired by the name on the map so much that she named her daughter after it and change the spelling, to her version, a “southern twist” because the Mississippi travels through Memphis, Tennessee, where her parents are from. Itasska grew up in South Minneapolis. She attended Roosevelt Senior High School, where she enjoyed taking art classes from her favorite teacher, Mrs. Dove and cheerleading with her fellow “Teddies”. She also credits her love of language to her English classes. Itasska later went on to Brown College and received her associate’s degree in visual communications in 2002. After graduating, not being able to find work with her degree, she took a local job, where she has been for many years. However, she is now pursuing her bachelor’s degree in business with specialization in health care management.

Ms. Chatman currently resides in St. Paul and looking for the next inspiration.

Black Octagon * by Itasska L. Chatman
Intimate Noir
Publication Date: April 10, 2013
Trade Paperback; $15.99; 125 pages; 978-1-4836-1344-4
Trade Hardback; $22.99; 125 pages; 978-1-4836-1345-1
eBook; $3.99; 978-1-4836-1346-8

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