Debuting author Conor Noll is offering readers his first published piece, a collected poetry book titled Gray. Gray is an insightful, vulnerable, and honest collection that is sure to thrill fans of poetry and reads full of passion and emotion.
Gray is a short collection, clocking at around 40 pages, but this is a book that truly can be said to contain the soul of the artist. Here, he offers a series of windows into his heart and his mind, opening up to readers through the medium of poetry. As a first book, it brings a strong debut with a lot to enjoy for people who are well-versed in this art and those who might not have as much familiarity. Thanks to the author’s profound emotional involvement, it’s easy to follow the poems and understand them, as well as have them resonate with one’s own experience.
Gray covers a variety of topics, thoughts, and feelings, an entire life condensed into a short series of pieces. Noll explores things like love and loss, comfortable places and fondness for different positive experiences, but also sadness and being lost.
The book stands out for its vulnerability, for how authentic Noll is willing to be, and how much that shapes the core of his poetry. He reflects on his life and examines all the emotions that he has experienced, unafraid to touch the feelings that many might experience, but few are willing to discuss.
There is a lot of variety in how the poems are presented and structured. Some are short and simple, very easy to understand and digest, to reflect on, and carry with oneself. Others are more complex and have a more challenging structure. However, they still reflect experiences that everyone can relate to and explore. Noll’s strength is his willingness to share his life through poetry, to talk about who he is and what he does without holding back. This authenticity helps readers connect with the work.
Gray can be recommended to fans of poetry who want to find new authors. As a debut, the collection feels very fresh and unique, with the author’s voice being very strong in each poem. It can also interest those looking for an emotional read that helps them connect with the person behind the work.
Gray is a charming poetry collection full of emotion and authenticity. It has a lot of variety, which adds a strong cadence to the work and makes it easy to read, changing between long and shorter poems. While the book is not very long, it packs a lot in its pages, an entire lifetime condensed in a series of musings and reflections that showcase the author’s own experience, ideas, and beliefs.
Conor Noll is sure to provide many new literary experiences, but Gray is, meanwhile, his first and only published book. Make sure to follow the author for more works that are sure to be published on Amazon.
We had the pleasure of interviewing Conor Noll. Here are the excerpts from the interview.
Hi Conor, Great to have you with us today! Please share with our readers about your book, Gray.
Hello! Gray is my first book, a short work containing poetry that I have written. While it is short, I have put my heart into the poems contained within, covering several topics of life (and one that’s just a story). It is the first of several works I am looking to put out there.
Please tell us about your journey.
While growing up, I always had a book in my hand. From the works of Poe in middle school to reading through War and Peace in high school, I spent more time on the written word than I did paying attention in classes. After graduating high school, I was shipped off to Fort Benning to go through my training for the Army. While in the Army, I stopped reading as much as I did before. After I left the military, I gradually fell into a deep depression, culminating when I was in culinary school for baking and pastry. By then, I was drinking a bottle of whiskey every night to cope with life. Shortly into my time in school, I was arrested. After a short stint in a psych ward and an outpatient rehab facility, I felt like my life was on pause while waiting for my case to go through the courts. Eventually, I was sentenced. It was my time in prison that made me fall in love with the written word once again, reading as I did in grade school. I started writing a short story while doing my time, and once I was out, I continued reading and writing. I decided to publish my poetry collection almost one year after I got out of prison as I worked on my other projects. I am currently working on a novel and a novella, the latter of which I hope to publish in a few months, and I just started attending an online college.
What are the strategies that helped you become successful in your journey?
I’m still working on building good habits and strategies. One thing that helps me greatly is having a close friend to who I can talk freely and bounce ideas off while he gives me feedback. I’m truly grateful for having such a person in my life.
Any message for our readers?
Never let life drive you into despair, but keep fighting against the universe. I keep the words of Camus close by to push me forward whenever I feel like I can’t go on. “The struggle itself towards the heights is enough to fill a man’s heart. One must imagine Sisyphus happy.”
Fantastic! So tell us, how can people find out more about you?
You can find the book on Amazon.
Thank you so much, Conor, for giving us your precious time! We wish you all the best for your journey ahead!