Literary Nonfiction: My Life, ‘Before’ Me

Before me is past, before me is present, and before me is my future (last update May 11, 2019)


my life before me
the past
before me
was meant to challenge me
to reason with
to do with
to have been with
to have experienced
to have existed with
in this human form
so i could learn for the life before me


today i am
the culmination of the parts
of the matrix of my body
inner mind, soul, heart and spirit
as I had connected to life as it was


my life before me
in front of me
the future
tomorrows
beckons me 
to plow on
despite fears
despite anxiety
despite depression
it calls upon me 
to soothe
to aid
to comfort


to be me, the real me
not the repressed me
so i can be better
than the human I was before me
as I am today and and could be tomorrow
and be the me
that is meant to be
to fulfill the purpose
for being here
in the first place.

and this is what motivates living 
especially at times when i feel i am drowning.

🕊 namasté, Leah


About the genre of creative, literary nonfiction

The Art Matrix Review

Creative nonfiction — also known as literary nonfiction or narrative nonfiction — is a genre of writing which creates accurate narratives using literary styles and techniques. In contrast with other forms of nonfiction, such as academic or technical writing or journalism, literary nonfiction is also rooted in accurate facts, but, it is written to entertain based on writing style or florid prose.

In The Art of Creative Nonfiction, Lee Gutkind writes that ultimately, the primary goal of the creative nonfiction writer is to communicate information, just like a reporter, but to shape it in a way that reads like fiction.

It brings the personal essay and the journalistic essay together. Literary critic, Barbara Lounsberry suggests, in her book, The Art of Fact, that there are four key characteristics of literary nonfiction:

1. subject matter is documentable as opposed to invented from the writer’s mind
2. information is credible because it is based on exhaustive research
3. the scene or context of events is revivified in contrast to the typical journalistic style of objective reportage
4. the writing is fine in a literary prose style

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🕊 namasté, Leah

Leah J, M.Ed. Psychology, writer/artist/teacher
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