Poetry Collection: You Were Married When I Met You

Contrary to popular belief ‘the other woman’ isn’t some mythical she-monster with snakes for hair. Neither is she a ‘slut’ or a ‘homewrecker.’ Sometimes she’s just a nursing assistant working 12,5-hour shifts picking up other people’s poop. This is a little book of poetry written by an ‘other woman.’

Praise for ‘You Were Married When I Met You’

Rebecca Rijsdijk’s ‘You Were Married When I Met You’ is not the story of a self-pitying victim or vindictive revenge, but one of evolution and resilience. Her clipped journalistic style reveals the ‘other woman’ as intelligent, empathic, one of us. She is also empowered, unapologetic, visceral. Her words are those of a woman who has given all she can, endured endless pain, to the edge of self-destruction, and knows now that it is finally time to let go. If you have ever experienced the harsh heart-wrenching reality of unrequited love or have been ‘the other woman’ yourself, you will find this experience both relatable and cathartic – the way a hot blade will cauterize a wound. – Sarah Herrin, author of One Thousand Questions and No Good Answers and The Oceanography of Her

You can get your hands on my latest book here.

Poetry Collection: The Lady from Across the Sea

The Lady from across the Sea is in love with a world broken into a glorious prism of humanity. Rijsdijk renders the power of the mothers, the tragedy of the lovers, and the struggle of the forgotten in such clear tones and immersive scenes that she gives her readers permission to surrender to the waves. – Sean Felix

The Lady from across the Sea is the author’s second poetry collection. It is available in my shop.

Poetry Collection: Portraits of Girls I Never Met

“The best portraits are the ones made with empathy. They are the ones that show you something of the inner life of the person portrayed, a glimpse into the worlds that hide behind appearances more easily grasped. This book is a collection of those glimpses, thoughts and feelings given by the hand of a writer who understands what it is like to be human. It’s all there, and it’s painful and beautiful.” – Sofia Romualdo

‘Portraits of Girls I never Met’ is a collection of short stories and poems dealing with loss, love and other growing pains. It is available in my shop.