Sara Grimes | Poet
Influences for Catch Your Dreams span from the Bible as literature: “Book of Proverbs” to Oscar Wilde’s unholy and irreverent “The Importance of Being Earnest.” It begins with the edict, “Your words are your Dreams, be generous with them,” which echoes the time worn refrain of the Alchemist, ““It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting” or Eleanor Roosevelt, “The future belongs to those who believe in the power of their dreams.”
Likewise, the gravity of Catch Your Dreams, spans classic and contemporary. Ch 2: Authenticity, “I had to align who I was with how I exist in the world,” conjures Robert Frosts’ “The Road Less Traveled.” The thrust of the chapbook, its momentum, is inspired largely by Courtney Peppernell’s “Pillow Thoughts.” Its raw subject is an invalidating breakup and an alienating work environment that triggered trauma from childhood emotional abuse. Yet it is a quest to find resilience and meaning through the visceral catharsis of language. It begins with a discovery of the power of words, is propelled forward by tragedy, trauma, and loss, and resolves in a woman’s literature-fueled empowerment.
The range in Catch Your Dreams is unparalleled. It is intentionally unmoored by traditional rhyme schemes and instead stumbles headlong across the pitter patter of lyricism. It is contemporary to a critical juncture of upholding traditional literature while embracing new voices. I hope you enjoy the read!