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Poetry Update: Underworld Cover Colour!

Hello! Well, it’s been a while since I posted a poetry update (and an update in general), so I thought I’d set the record straight.

I’m back at university as a second year English Literature student. A lot of reading and reviewing time will be taken up with university reading and essay writing (HURRAY), so I’m sad to say that my reviews will be irregular over the course of the next few months.

In other news, my second poetry collection, Underworld, is ticking over. I received my first proof of Underworld yesterday (mainly to see the cover), and oh my stars, it was a beautiful thing.

Here’s a sneak peek at the cover:

underworld proof 1

Underworld will be released in a dark shade of purple as Underworld is hella dark! I am super pleased with the cover; I really took my time to make sure it is what I wanted and I really hope my readers like (or even LOVE IT) too.

However, my job is not done. Underworld needs to be edited and thoroughly checked before release. My aim is to release Underworld in summer 2018, this will depend on feedback from my beta readers and reviewers, but until then, make sure to add Underworld to your want-to-read list on Goodreads.

Thank you for reading!

– Melissa Jennings

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Unleashing Poetry: Underworld by Melissa Jennings

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#1 – Why Underworld?

In the process of writing Afterlife, I already knew that I had more to give that Afterlife could not contain. Afterlife was simply the beginning of what I have always needed, to write authentically.

So, I knew I had to sit myself down and think of a title that has meaning to me; I also had to make sure that there was a connection to Afterlife both semantically and aesthetically. Regarding semantics, I wanted to link life and existence, as I believe they are different concepts; Afterlife equals life and Underworld equals existence. Then, with aesthetics, I desired a title that was short but still had an impact, so I thought of some synonyms for ‘afterlife’, and after a few hours, Underworld occurred to me.

#2 – What is Underworld about?

Underworld takes on the thoughts and feelings that lie underneath my skin presently and also addresses much larger issues which affect human nature entirely.

#3 – What influenced Underworld?

Dante’s Inferno, Greek mythology, elemental mythology, interesting Tumblr images, my own experiences, some of my favourite poetry, and the ocean (always the ocean).

#4 – How does Underworld differ from Afterlife?

Underworld will have a structure of some kind and will be a much larger poetry collection. Unlike Afterlife, Underworld will discuss the past colliding with the present – the ultimate internal battle.

#5 – Who is the publisher?

Amazon Createspace – my saviour.

#6 – When will it be released?


#7 – What will be the cover art?

This is undecided, but it will be in a similar style to Afterlife. I will be working on that once I have completed the collection.

#8 – Is there more to come after Underworld?

Indeed there is. But, that is to be revealed in good time.

– Melissa Jennings

In the meantime, you can read my debut poetry collection, Afterlife, and share your thoughts on Amazon and Goodreads. Happy reading!

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