Crystal Woods is a writer, professor and a mom. Now she can add another title to that list as a published author.
A book of her poems, called “Gravity,” now sits on book store shelves in LaGrange and around the country. Woods said she had no thoughts of publishing her works until a few years ago when a friend asked for a manuscript.
“I’m thinking, ‘This might happen,’” she said. ” I made some revisions and he sent it back and said, ‘Alright, let’s go.’ I was very excited … I wanted to run down the road and wave it (the manuscript) over my head!”
Woods, an English professor at Columbus State University, said “Gravity” is divided into five sections with an estimated 55 to 60 poems that she wrote over a span of 10 years. She said most of the poems are serious that cover a variety of topics, such as beginnings and endings, gender roles and relationships, and children, among other things.
“I tried to make it tight and meaningful,” Woods said of the type of poems she compiled for her book. ‘It could be anyone, anywhere. It’s more universal than I thought about, until I compiled it. You don’t have to be from here to get it.”
Book critic Abby E. Murray wrote that “Gravity” is “adventurous and hopeful. They (the poems) seem to say what we always meant to say, tell stories we wished we’d told, and finish our sentences, or long lost thoughts.”
Woods also writes fiction and said she’ll continue to work on both throughout the summer. And though it’s a long, arduous process, she also said another book isn’t out of the question.
“It’s years of going uphill, revising things people won’t look at again,” Woods explained. ” But you get to the crest and look behind you, and you’re like, ‘dang!’”
Woods will be signing copies of “Gravity” at the Book Seller, 819 New Franklin Road, on June 21 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The book is also being sold on Amazon and available at www.newplainspress.com.