Joliet Central High School Alumna Elizabeth Anne Briick Publishes Second Poetry Collection
Joliet Central High School alumna Elizabeth Anne Briick (’99) has published her second collection of poems entitled "Where I Have Been and Where I Am Now - A Collection of Thoughts".
Have you ever felt as if your heart was the only one to shatter like glass? Have you hidden your darkest secrets from those you love? Have you felt the pull of sadness hold you hostage? Have you wondered if anyone can understand? If you answered yes to any of these, than this collection of over 70 poems is for you. This collection of verses weaves together like a tapestry the poet’s feelings of sadness, fear, love, and hope. You will travel with her as she sinks and as she rises. Share in her journey.
“I understand what it means to feel alone in a crowded room; I understand following the brightest star, to find out, it was only a rock; I understand seeking love in the wrong places; I understand the fear of walking outside; I understand what it means to wear a mask. On these pages I lay myself open and vulnerable to you. I hope you find something in my words to relate too. The darkest of our moments are a little less bleak, when there is a sliver of light. We share similarities, experiences, and that is what connects us. Whatever you feel, you are not alone.”
Ms. Briick is a graduate of Joliet Township High School – Central Campus. She graduated from Robert Morris University in Orland Park, Illinois, in 2005 with her Associates in Paralegal Sciences. Presently, she is enrolled at Lewis University, in Romeoville, to obtain her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. She is employed at Chicago Bridge & Iron in Plainfield and resides in Joliet.
Ms. Briick has overcome many struggles. An accident when she was 7 years old caused trauma to her right arm. This resulted in various surgeries from the age of 7 to the age of 13. Her parents divorced when she was 15. Ms. Briick had to take on the active role of parent to her younger brother. She has dealt with sexual abuse at the hands of strangers; mental, physical, and emotional abuse, from relationships, including her mother. Ms. Briick herself has dealt with depression and anxiety since she was 13. This collection of poems is Ms. Briick’s second publication. She continues to write daily and is finishing a short story collection. Her influences include Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Susan Grafton, and Clive Barker.
Photography throughout the book was provided by Ms. Briick’s brother, Sgt. Jonathan D. Briick, of the United States Marine Corp.
The title is available for $6.99 through Amazon.com and CreateSpace.com. The version for Amazon Kindle will be released around February 25th.