Self Portrait: Intimate Reflections – Powerful Book of Raw Coming-of-Age Poetry Depicts Author’s Search for Acceptance, Identity and Loss

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Self Portrait: Intimate Reflections – Powerful Book of Raw Coming-of-Age Poetry Depicts Author’s Search for Acceptance, Identity and Loss


Masterfully crafted by Syeita Rhey, ‘Self Portrait: Intimate Reflections’ comprises verses written by the author some 10-15 years ago, during her frantic and tumultuous search for her true cultural identity. Conveying confusion, self-awareness, anger and love, each verse grasps a vital rite of passage, transitioning Rhey from the loveless world of foster care into a powerful, independent public servant.


Hartford, CT – Those meeting Syeita M. Rhey see a bold, authoritative maverick; a public servant dedicated to advocating for social justice and educational equity. However, behind her hardy exterior, Rhey hides an upbringing that puts her passions into true perspective.

Rhey grew up in foster care; an urban proving ground that forced her to seek out her own identity, love and ability to be accepted. Fifteen years ago, Rhey put pen to paper to convey her thoughts through poetry, resulting in an uplifting showcase of human resilience now being released as ‘Self Portrait: Intimate Reflections’.


Exploring real issues from discovering cultural identity and acceptance to tumultuous relationships to dealing with loss. Add dashes of sauciness and you have the phenomenal poetry book…Self Portrait: Intimate Reflections.

This collection of poetry has been selected as an autobiographical introduction to present novice author, Syeita M. Rhey. These early poems reflect Syeita’s rite of passage through expressions of confusion, self-awareness, anger and love. They reveal a vulnerable young woman’s raw perspective of the world prior to becoming a public servant in the education field advocating for social justice and educational equity.

“The urban area I grew up in lacked any kind of resource and opportunity; I and my peers had to think quickly on our feet and forge our own place in society. It was a rocky time to say the least, but I’m so glad I committed my thoughts to paper so they can now be used to inspire other young people in the same situation.”

Continuing, “I continued to write throughout my high school and college years, as I became consumed with loss, new relationships and my constant search for acceptance. Looking back at my work, it’s a very useful tool as a reflection of life for one young teenager who knew poverty all too well. The sad thing is that thousands of “me” are still out there across the nation. I hope my work will serve as a life-changing tool that will help these youngsters step out into the world with gusto.”

‘Self Portrait: Intimate Reflections’ is due for imminent release.

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About the Author:

Syeita M. Rhey was born in Philadelphia, PA but raised in Hartford, CT where she still currently resides. She is a visual and graphics art enthusiast, blogger, poet and teacher. Syeita received her B.A in Studio Arts from Trinity College and a M.S in Teacher Leadership from Quinnipiac University. Her poetry influences include Etheridge Knight, Maya Angelou, Hugh Ogden and Sherri Bacon Isaac. Syeita Rhey was placed into the foster care system as a youth; she was later adopted. It was her childhood circumstances and adversities that first led her to use poetry as an outlet to express her feelings. Syeita enjoys tackling prospects involving creativity and education.

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