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Somewhere on a Highway

Sometimes you’re moving forward. Sometimes you’re running in place. Sometimes you’re sprinting 90 miles an hour in what feels like the wrong direction. Sometimes you’re stuck. Sometimes you’re driving with the road spanning out in front of you in all its endless wonder, and you’re at a loss of where you’re really going. Sometimes you just close your eyes and trust.

Donnelly’s first collection of poetry, Somewhere On A Highway, takes you on a journey of questioning, of experience, of growth, and of discovery, mixed with loss and love and the challenges of becoming.

She writes openly, honestly, even fearfully about heartbreak, faith, change, leaving home, losing yourself, and finding yourself in the wake of change. This collection will hurt you, heal you, challenge you and remind you what a gift it is to be human.

Marisa Donnelly

Marisa Donnelly is a Midwest-born, West Coast-based writer, poet, and essayist whose work specializes in relationships, love, heartbreak, faith, traveling, growth and self-discovery. She is the author of two emotional essay compilations, "Big Heart Problems" and "Fiercely Independent (Most Days)" and her writing appears both in print and online, at Thought Catalog, Quote Catalog, and her personal blog, Word & Sole, among others. She currently resides in sunny San Diego, California.


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