Cedar City Resident Kareli Loeza Celebrates Her Book ‘As Fiery as the Sun, as Moody as the Moon’, a collection of poems is available at Red Cliff’s Mall, St. George, Utah, date not specified | Photo courtesy of Kareli Loeza, St. George News
ST. GEORGE- A Southern Utah author wants to remind people, “We’re not alone, even though we can feel it.”
Kareli Loeza recently posted “As fiery as the sun, as moody as the moon», a collection of poems that can uplift and comfort its readers.
Loeza currently lives in Cedar City and enjoys visiting family in St. George. But this has not always been the case.
“When I first started writing, it was just an outlet for me to release whatever I felt inside. I was stuck in such a dark place mentally and emotionally,” Loeza said. I felt like I was dragging my feet in the mud. I wanted that to show in my writing.
She wanted the reader to feel the darkness seeping through every word. Then, along the way, the universe had a remarkable new journey ahead. Loeza said she started self-healing once she accepted this new direction in her life.
“Slowly I started feeling other colors and from the mud I was buried in I started to bloom like the lotus flower I was always meant to be,” Loeza said. .
She thinks the book will appeal to a wide audience as her poems focus on many different issues. And the book is written in such a way that you don’t have to read it in any order.
“You can open it to a page that will help you for that day or that week, or maybe you’ve been called to page 32. And then page 32 is about family, breaking chains, or love -clean,” Loeza said. “It’s so beautiful because each poem can be applied to different kinds of relationships and different kinds of scenarios.”
Loeza’s journey came after graduating from Pine View High School, attending Dixie Tech, moving to Phoenix, AZ and working in the medical field. At some point, she fell into a depression and felt mentally and emotionally stuck in a very dark place. Loeza felt like she was dragging her feet in the mud.
Then she found a counselor to help her deal with her childhood. She hopes her book will encourage others to seek help. Loeza said she didn’t have the opportunity to benefit from counseling when she was growing up. Loeza left southern Utah because she had family trauma. And she had never taken the time to focus on healing. His solution was to move.
“The generation before us, bless them, they did the best they could with what they had, and it wasn’t common for you to talk about how you felt or what you needed or what you even lived,” Loeza said.
Loeza said many people today still don’t seek counseling out of fear, shame or because they don’t think it will help them. She hopes her book will encourage others to seek help.
“Really, really everyone could benefit from a therapy session. Like everyone else, even if you feel like you haven’t been through a lot and especially if you’ve been through a lot,” Loeza said. “It’s such a useful tool for talking about your trauma.”
Loeza said anyone can come out of the darkness and be healed. The healing path is not the same for everyone. But she hopes that when the load of the world starts to get heavier, by reading her book, we can transport ourselves to another world.
“A world where you can find some comfort in knowing you are not alone. Even in your darkest times, even on your worst days, someone else is begging the stars just like you,” said Loeza: “Use the sensations that each entry brings to you. Leave behind the worries of tomorrow, if only for a moment.”
Loeza is grateful to have returned to her roots and found a wonderful partner. She and her husband are the proud parents of a two-year-old boy. She said she was grateful to be spending time with family and friends in southern Utah. She noted remembering to be grateful for all that brought her joy.
“This book is dedicated and written for anyone who is currently struggling with mental health and self-love issues. I know it will bring light and joy into their lives,” Loeza said.
She said this book is timely, especially with the increase in suicidal thoughts during the recent COVID pandemic. Loeza wrote the poems to let anyone with these kinds of thoughts know that they are not alone.
“We’re all in this together and everyone’s begging the stars for the very same thing. We are not alone,” Loeza said.
Loeza said his publishing team at Fulton Books coordinated the book’s release on Amazon, Barnes and Noble and e-book platforms like Kindle and iTunes. She plans to write other books.
The book is also available inside Barnes and Noble in the Red Cliffs Mall.
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