After Moments, Mich Atagana returns with Notes From The Pandemic, Love Hangovers
Last year, the world came to a standstill as a result of COVID-19, when businesses had to shut down and countries were lockdown in fear during the pandemic spike, but for Head, Communications and Public Affairs, Google South Africa, Mich Atagana, it kick-started a new adventure and a time to put pen to paper.
The lady follows up her 2020 debut, Moments, with two new books written during the lockdown. The first is a collection of poems released on March 16, 2021, titled, Love Hangovers, and a collection of poems and essays, Notes From The Pandemic And Other Anxiety Born Things released on July 16 2021.
According to the authour: “while writing Moments, I realised that I had so much more material that I wanted to put out there. Working from home and having our movements restricted gave me the time to put pen to paper and get these stories out.”
In Love Hangovers, Atagana uses poetry to express love through various stages, namely, longing, breaking and loving while in Notes From The Pandemic And Other Anxiety Born Things, the storyteller examines her own anxieties while navigating the pandemic.
Atagana describes love as so bright that it sets the world on fire, however, heartbreak is terrible and capable of breaking the universe into halves.
Sometimes, we need something to speak to our hearts. In the toughest of times, words may fail, but in all, love prevails, she says.
Notes From The Pandemic And Other Anxiety Born Things is broken into six parts with each one reflecting the key parts of how the author sees anxiety and the pandemic.
The new books showcase human emotions and the way they are learning to navigate life in isolation. The way they are dealing with pains: Falling in love, staying in love and living through heartbreaks. Dealing with anxieties and those of loved ones and making sure they come out the other side with grace and kindness.
In her words, the former head, editorial strategy at Burn Media, says, “There is so much focus on the devastating effects of the pandemic on economies and healthcare systems that I wanted to offer a more human perspective on the experience. My expectation is that these stories will give the reader hope in surviving the pandemic and gesture towards a post-COVID future that is less isolated.”