Samantha Wallen is remembering she is a poet. For a long time her writing has been peripheral because she was caught in a gesture of putting others before her own work. She has now fully realized that she can shine without hurting anyone and is currently conducting a poetic investigation into economy, home, worth and value, and what it means to belong in an economic system of exclusion. She is the founder of Write In Power, and is a writing mentor and book coach that uses writing as a spiritual, healing and transformative practice to help people find the value and power of their voice and story so they can cultivate a fundamental self-trust in who they already are. She lives with her family in Mill Valley, CA where she regularly walks among and bows down to thousand year-old redwood trees to keep things in perspective.
I want to thrive, I want to ride the smooth waves of language down under, the kind that forces meaning from the deep recesses of my soul – turns bits of coal into gems that burst open hearts with shine.
I want to be out of my mind, talk to myself in epitaphs, measure success with hysteric laughs, eat pie and dance in the afternoon rain of my failure to complete, never become neat, or anything close to perfect.