"You've Changed, a collection of masterful poems by Jonathan Byrd, leaves me with hope. Takes me through darkness, past sorrow, to the other side of despair, past the losses, the crosses, beyond surrender. Offers a glimpse of the star field where there are no more words. Just the gentle glow of eternity. Hope. What more could I ask of a collection of poems?"
-- Mary Gauthier
You've Changed is a collection of poetry that was born over seven years of working on a novel. I may work on the novel for another seven years or another seventy.
To maintain a sense of play in this highly-disciplined writing environment, I created exercises for myself. I removed time. I introduced two characters from different books. I told a modern story using only words from Genesis. Mostly they were weird little monsters I shared with my friends on the internet. But some were very moving. Some made me cry or laugh out loud. Some still do, even just now proofreading the latest version.
You've Changed is a seven-year journey of inches. I didn't even know I was making a book and now you may be holding it. Please take your time with it and thanks for reading.