Troy, Mo. - Poem Fridays is a collection of poems that were written on Fridays for over a year.
Susan Hibbler said that her poems are about mental illness, interesting things that happened that week or that day, and some about the pandemic.
“It’s just funny because I am a paranoid schizophrenic. How do I have the courage to do this?” Hibbler said. “I find it funny I can actually put myself out there.”
Hibbler said that her book is a collection of poems from May of 2019 to May of 2020. She said that she is working on the next volume, which will be from May of 2020 to May of 2021.
She is self-published, and her poems can be found on Amazon.
“I talk a lot about mental illness,” Hibbler said.
She said that she also wrote about family and faith, and sometimes current events.
“Sometimes it can include humor. Really I just sit down and write, and it is really cathartic,” Hibbler said. “I just pour out my feelings and hope people will like it.”
Hibbler said that she doesn’t have a favorite poem, but the one that really sticks out to her is her birthday eve poem.
“It’s No. 29. It was a funny moment with some friends,” Hibbler said. “I feel a sense of accomplishment from doing this.”
Hibbler graduated from Truman State University with a degree in English, and a focus on composition.