This book begins with an author’s note which shows incredible insight into why Ms Van Nelson writes. She shares what motivates her, intrigues her, and above all, what drives her to share her thoughts and feelings in the written word. Above all, this collection is about resilience. Graffiti Lane paints a picture of a fierce warrior who is both strong and protective, an advocate of fairness when there’s none, and a multi-coloured messenger of truth and hope worthy of any urban wall.
The author takes the reader on a nostalgic tour of youth, a time when we feel each emotional cut deeply. A harsh word, a crush, our first betrayal and the ravages of heartbreak. The angst of teenage years, bullying, of battling the establishment, and discovering self, pours from the early pages. The poems then progress to adult relationships, reflection and life experience. Domestic abuse, employment, gender equality and struggle are prevalent here. But in the final collection of imagery, the reader discovers beauty, strength, victory, love, and power.
This collection has a timeless message. Like any urban wall that lends itself to the truth of the current generation, yet leaves the mark of the one before, the reader will connect with the poems that matter to them. They will find their truth and meaning and perhaps feel less isolated in their experiences. Even if poetry is not your thing, you will find heart and emotional depth in Ms Van Nelson’s words.