the year of lyrics: a poetry project

my search for inner-peace, one poem at a time


Info on the writer & the poetry project.


The Poet

Ryann in the…

She’s a bookworm, wanderer, dreamer, golfer, dancer, volunteer, traveler, food & drink aficionado, & member of the William & Mary Tribe.

She’ll be a performer, humanitarian, & professional explorer.

Photo by Ivin Dysangco

The Process

Insight on how I choose a topic for the day, or rather, how a topic chooses me.

1. Take Notes. I keep a notepad on me at all times, and jot down thoughts (simple or complex) throughout the day. I basically take notes on anything that I may want to revisit later in the day.

2. Free Write. Once I have a handful of thoughts, I start stringing together ideas by writing out phrases or sentences that embody the concepts I want to portray. I usually end up starting three or four different poems that I may want to build off of later.

3. Connect the Dots. Most of the poem-writing occurs at the end of the day (only a couple of times have I hashed out a poem while it was still daylight). I give myself at least an hour every night to really play around with the phrases that litter my notepad. I expand upon each of the poems before zooming in on the one the I feel is the most honest and representative of me.

4. Consolidate. I narrow the poem down, add some, edit, and refine just a bit. I write each poem as if I am saying it out loud, and send it (or in this case, post it on this here blog). I sometimes miss fixing typos/other errors, but I love raw poetry that isn’t perfect. I never feel that my pieces are truly finished, as I find myself changing poems around when I perform them out loud. Sometimes I will read them out loud, just to establish my personal flow, as each poem has a particular cadence.

The Project

So, what are you up to, Ryann?

I literally write a poem a day, and will do so until I graduate.

The timeline?

April 20, 2011 – May 13, 2012. Insha’Allah, I will succeed with my project! My project has gone through many phases thus far: it began as an outlet – a safe space for sharing my thoughts; it progressed into a public diary of poetry; it is now my step-by-step, day-by-day journey toward a new kind of happiness. And I am very excited to be able to share it with all of you.

Still confused?

Learn more about the history of the project here: Tribe Pride = Self-Expression