Roeau Vetrano collaborated with Roberto Carlos Martinez’ newly found publishing company, Panda Monk Publishing, and published her first book.
Rasping Melodies: Painspirations of My Past is a winding road down the mind of a genderqueer creative being. From relationships to ideals of the self, Vetrano weaves her thoughts and experiences using colorful angst and often an anger that transcends the pages.
Vetrano saya that the act of writing ‘is an expression, an extension of oneself to the rest of the world. In my eyes, words are not just words but a delving into ones soul, baring the inner part of you. Words are powerful; they can make connections or break them, create misunderstanding or bring clarity. Words are flexible and fluid, painting so many pictures and ideas imaginable. The act of writing is like painting a picture of a realm that no one else could see but yourself, bringing it to life in the eyes and minds of others’.
There is an exorcism which takes place within these melodies as they rip apart any sense of calm and tranquility. This turbulent ride is hyper-active and verbose from line to line, page to page.
Eventually, words of inspiration take over. Instead of wallowing, or basking in the pleasure of painful cycles, Vetrano exclaims through the page ‘wake up!’. Instead of preaching or judging, one can hear her voice go from cracking to confident as she reflects back to herself and finds that the best advice is coming from within.
When asked how she would describe a concocted path for herself she admires the options within the lines. ‘Physically? Spiritually? Mentally? Emotionally? This question is quite intriguing so I’m very curious as to how you mean with it. (What does it say to you when you first [think about] it?)
‘If I would concoct a path to describe where I am in the universe today. I would say suspended. I feel suspended, like in mid-air. Once upon a time, a feeling like this was identified as ‘lost and confused’ but the more I venture into this world and the more people I encounter, the more I feel like I’m hurling towards the unknown and familiarity all at once. It is scary and yet, at the same time, an echo in the back of my mind utters, ‘It’s okay. Let go.’ In one fell swoop, I continue to catapult myself, flinging head over heels into what seems like nothingness but instinctively knowing a world of wonders lies beyond.’
Rasping Melodies does just that as she offers a trio of self-portraits submerging in a bathtub. The captions read ‘Your life is just that: YOUR LIFE. Speak up, stand up, take risks and savor. For the winding path before you is your breathtaking journey, only.
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