As many fans know, Lili Reinhart has been writing poetry for a while now. But Lili is taking her passion to the next level in the form of a poetry book called Swimming Lessons.
According to the press release, Lili’s poems will tackle everything including depression and anxiety, “young love” (ahem, Cole Sprouse), and the perils of fame. It’s also set to include a poem in honor of her late co-star Luke Perry, who died unexpectedly in March 2019.
Lili has been writing poetry for years and first started writing in 2017 during a hiatus from Riverdale to help her deal with the stress of her new life. She said,
“I journaled my entire life but I really got back into it in November and I noticed a lot of what I was writing was poetry. I started channeling my more poetic side. Maybe in a few years, I will be brave enough to publish it.”
It looks like she finally mustered up the courage and we are so excited!
We’ve already gotten glimpses into Lili’s writing style via her Tumblr, where she shares many of her poems with us. One of my personal favorites is a poem she published earlier this year about fame and dealing with her haters:
I give too much of myself to those people. / The last people on earth who deserve it.
And I feel regret. / For letting them spark a reaction out of me. When I know all too well that the moment will pass.
I’m still me. / They’re still them.
Judging my pictures and words, without actually seeing anything or knowing any part of me.
The sticky spiderweb that they create seems to trap me every time.
But I seem to be the one biting myself in the end. / And I’m worth too much to cheapen myself by acknowledging that their web even exists.
They will never know me. They will never see me as raw or bare as they see themselves.
And that’s what keeps me sane. / That I, myself, am tucked away. Where none of them can reach me.
Each year brings new lessons. / This is one of mine.
Value yourself. And the parts of yourself that are your own.
That no one else can touch.
Lili’s book Swimming Lessons is set to come out on May 5, 2020.
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Feature photo: Lili Reinhart / Instagram