Since 7th grade, poetry has been an outlet for Roberto Germán. It has helped him navigate all of who he is and what he feels. In college, as he looked across all the pages and all the tears shed in blue ink, he realized he had a book in his hands; a compilation of all his secrets and wonderings. Blue Ink Tears is for those that understand what it is to live the beautiful struggle, and to offer insight to those that don’t.

In this three-part bilingual poetry collection, Roberto tells stories about love, relationships, race, identity, and more. Written over the span of 20 years, you’ll hear from teen Roberto all the way to him as an adult.