Sometimes, it can be very difficult to succeed in poetry, when everything is public and open to criticism. With its growing popularity, the industry is becoming more and more saturated with work. Instagram is full of it and so finding the right recipe of engagement, marketing and quality of work while staying true to your craft is a meticulous task often. One writer who has been dominating the scenes for a while now and does not seem to have any plans on stopping is Kamilla Toln∅ who writes under the name K. Tolnoe.
Kamilla recently released the first in a series of poetry collections that she is naming The Northern Collection. It is “a manifestation of the internal journey that we must all face at some point in our lives; the journey to your true north. to our home.”
The moon is the first out of four books and every page reminds me of the feeling of sitting under the moonlight with a friend and the youthful uncertainty of my adolescence. It is filled with expertly curated pieces that manage to strike a consistent tone throughout and it serves a thematic goal: to connect people and lift them up. After a confusing start to the year myself, reading this on the way to work, in the busy furore of London, it was an isolation from the noise and a reminder that life is a fluid and unpredictable thing and we are astonishing beings.
Kamilla’s deep roots into the craft of copywriting is always so significantly apparent in the way she writes. As a job, it is about cutting your darlings and not being precious over words that do not serve a purpose. In poetry, it becomes even harder – we love to waffle on after all – but Kamilla does not divert, every word is intentional. Each piece is snappy and short but conjures up several different images and takes you from the start to the end on a journey that again places you in that all-calming atmosphere of being at the mercy of the moon’s light. Her love for travelling also shines through, as we see no attachment to one culture or one way of thinking. Though the poetry is consistent, it does not limit oneself to any point of belief, it gives acceptance and love to all.
One aspect of her writing that has always intrigued me is the form it takes. Each line is rarely captalised and ends in a full stop (never a comma, never a dash, always a full stop). It’s consistent and oddly never changes the flow of each poem – I wonder if this is the point, the lack of capatalisation allows it to feel like a wave in the midst of the tide. It starts and it ends, but all we notice is the middle – much like life.
Some of the shorter poems pack a punch that comes unexpected. One moment you are flicking through the book, being told a story in the form of a long piece and then there is the sucker punch in just 2 or more lines.
Lines like “is my timing wrong. or am I that hard to love?” and “everything leaves. except the feeling.”. They may seem simple but writing that manages to elicit that craving to reread it over and over again is a difficult feat; one that I regularly struggle to achieve in the short form.
From night-time anxieties to wistful ruminations on the desperate feeling of love, Kamilla builds a world, in which we can say “Hey, that’s how I feel too” and then be comforted when she gives us the wise words to summarise all. Her writing is tight and expertly created; The Moon sits beautifully as the first in a series of books and I don’t doubt they will make waves in the industry. And it cannot be glazed over that the illustrations seen in the book are also done by Kamilla; simplistic but stunning images that are a gorgeous accompaniment to the pieces they sit beside. She is a passionate and often optimistic writer, with a flair for the spiritual. The moon is best served with a tea or a hot chocolate in the middle of a silent evening under covers.
And follow her @k.tolnoe