We’ve made it to my selection of poems for my last month of college! It’s already been a doozy of a month as I’ve had numerous essays due at the same time and three final exams to study for while also spending quality time with friends and trying to find time to clean out my apartment. These selected pieces have brought me to my knees and inspired the hell out of me while I’ve taken a short break from writing. My poems in May slightly differs from that of last month’s collection because I chose the pieces that focus more on the complexity of love and romance and fondness and how those feelings are tangled into life’s shitholes. I’ve recently tried to address past lost loves and my emotional ties to people who have left me behind in my new poems, which is scarier to write about than almost any other topic for me. Being vulnerable in all scenarios is one of my most defining qualities, but I find it incredibly difficult to write about trauma and people I’ve lost, even when those poems are just for me. These poems in May showed me how to delicately touch on the memories that still remain in my heart without having to rehash every single moment. I love how almost every piece was found in my collection of chapbooks, from Olivia Gatwood to Jericho Brown to my incredible and brilliant professor, Dr. Chloe Honum, and so many more! As I graduate in less than two weeks and experience all of the changes that May brings, I’m going to take these pieces with me and fully immerse myself in the tenderness of new life adjustments. I hope these poems and their authors spark a bit of peace and inspiration in you as well.