About the Artist

About valerieparente.wordpress.com

This website is a base to brand me, Valerie Parente, and my artwork. And the overarching theme to all my artwork- whether it is poetry, prose, stories, drawings, paintings, or photography- is beautiful darkness. I love finding beauty in dark moods, situations, and imagery. This is evident in my written work, often influenced by a lifelong and personal struggle with depression and anxiety (particularly obsessive compulsive disorder and an eating disorder). Needless to say a lot of my visual work veers into a gothic realm.

Since this website is based around me, I think it’s only fair to share a little bit about me. First thing’s first- I am utterly addicted to daydreaming, an ironic art with infinite creative possibilities that limit my mood towards the real world. As a direct result of what I’m not sure is a fantasy-prone disorder or a personality trait, I am constantly trying to find a balance between losing my head in pink clouds and keeping my feet on the germ-infested ground.
I read textbooks for the genuine pleasure of learning (probably as a way to overcompensate for the class time I wasted daydreaming and doodling during middle school and high school). I am particularly fascinated by theoretical physics and psychology; I have a tendency to incorporate these institutions into my writing. As I have already said, I deal with mental illness on a daily basis. I like to elicit personal revelations out of these mental disorders, and I will often share these discoveries through my writing. With that being said, please note that all posts regarding Obsessive Compulsive Disorder are strictly written from my personal experience. I am a writer, not a psychologist. I break down OCD using a writer’s mind, not a degree in psychology. My writing is, first and foremost, my artwork.

I will never post anything with detrimental intention. Like I said, I am always finding beauty in darkness. Yes, there are hardship influences in the words that bleed from my pen, but make no mistake, this morbid ink will always write itself a silver-lining of revelations or optimism. And that level of beauty in darkness is what valerieparente.wordpress.com is all about.

 The Artist, The Muse by Valerie Parente

The Artist, The Muse: A Poetry & Prose Collection by Valerie Parente OUT NOW


The Artist, The Muse is what you get when you interweave psychology, creativity, and spirituality into the poetic fabric of a mentally disordered daydreamer’s mind. Valerie Parente artfully hones the craft of written word in this collection of poetry and prose through fantastical metaphors, rhythmic patterns, heartfelt emotions, metaphysical references, and breath-taking epiphanies. Dark daydreams and silver-lining mantras blossom out of the obsessive compulsive writer’s verbal landscape as the artist becomes her own muse.

Includes poetry, prose, and artwork by Valerie Parente.

Table of Contents:

The Artist, The Muse
Conscience of Nonsense
Glitter In The Air
Shy of Me
The Gargoyle Mindset
An Inadequate Reflection
You’ve Made An Author Out Of Me
Grandiosity of the Sick
Daydreams Are Shadows
Hindsight of the Falsehood
Idu Ego
The Silver Screen
Realize These Butterflies
The Writer
The Instinct of Intuition
The Masterpiece Tragedy of Marionette
Playing with Dolls
Imagination Is Not Free
I Wish You Well
Paradox Lock
Dreams of Floating
Give & Take
Her Bright Pink Shoes
Why I Apologize
My Heart Thaws
Sage of Tarkus
The Creeper
Young Sapling
she could not master astral projection
Touch the Heart
To Be Human
Lady Luna and the Light Inside
The Answer
Order In Disorder
Trust the Stars
Message From The Universe


In Touch (Cover, No Binding)

You can purchase In Touch by Valerie Parente on Amazon.com in paperback or Kindle!

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“Undergraduate physics student, Jef Sterling, has done enough textbook reading to know that the universe is home to countless mind-blowing discoveries. But Jef never expected one of those discoveries to be the mind of an obsessive compulsive writer sharing the same campus as him. After reading a poem by Lacey Parker about her personal struggle with OCD, Jef’s highly rational brain fixates on uncovering the mysteries held captive in Lacey’s highly irrational brain. Throughout the course of a school year these two students exchange ideas that merge science with art, reality with fantasy, and physical phenomena with mental phenomena. While learning from one another Jef makes it his mission to make sense of Lacey’s nonsensical disorder and all of its incredible ironies; how she lives by the notion of feeling everything emotionally but dreads feeling anything physically, how her mind lives to protect as it gradually wreaks destruction, and most paradoxically how both Lacey’s most rewarding qualities and most detrimental flaws manifest from the same brain. In Touch by Valerie Parente is a realistic fiction novel alive with intellectual discussion, mental strife, heartache, and anecdotal insight into the cognitive confines of obsessive compulsive disorder.”