Having any type of mental disorder is no walk in the park. This is especially true for kids with learning disabilities. they are subject to ridicule and embarrassment, due to their condition. This was the reality of Telixia Inico, a.k.a. “The Truth Poet,” of south London. Though diagnosed with dyslexia as a child, she started writing poetry at the age of 11. Through persistence and faith Telixia (now 25) has overcome dyslexia, as well, as well as gang life, and landed a poetry publishing deal Xlibris London. “Being dyslexic used to be a big barrier of mine,” she told The Irish Examiner.
Telixia’s youth was rougher than average. Her father was not a part of her life, and she was taken away from her mother for a period. Her mother had to fight to get her back. She eventually went to the streets an started running with girl gangs. “Growing up in Brixton wasn’t easy. I was afflicted with gang life and gang culture,” she said. “I was also in a girl gang myself but seeing close people around me killed, jailed or just outright lose their mind makes you appreciate life to the fullest.”
Realizing that she was on the path to destruction, Telixia used her experiences and struggles artistically, by incorporating them into her poetry. She explained, “With me poetry saved my life and realising I could help people through my passion, my purpose became clear. I haven’t left my road since and I’m excelling more and more everyday.”
Through Xlibris, Telixia will release her debut poetry book, The Naked Truth, on May 19, at Croydon Conference Centre in south London. Along with dispensing 45 signed copies of the book, there will be a live show. The book will also be available on the Xlibris site and Amazon.
Telixia reflected, “I used to feel dumb because all of my friends and peers were super smart academically, until I learnt to accept that I was never going to be that way and started to understand and embrace that I was super smart in another way and that is being creative.
It took me 25 years to realise that being different is good and that sometimes believing in your gift can be so much better than receiving As or Bs in Maths or English test.”