Tidal Pools and Other Small Infinities

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There are infinite beginnings waiting for you. Sometimes, what seems like a beginning is actually an ending – and that ending becomes the start of what you really needed all along.

The love story starts in the usual way: a whirlwind of confessions, late night conversations, and promises that seem sturdy. The years pass by, and novelty is replaced by a comforting routine – one that’s difficult to walk away from when things take a toxic turn.

This is a collection about bravery and evolution. It takes courage to leave behind the familiar. To question all the things that once seemed undeniably true. To learn to stand on your own and, in doing so, become who you were really meant to be.

Endings can be the best beginnings…once you realize you have the power to create them.


Kristen Costello is a poet, speaker, and mental health advocate who lives in Central New Jersey (yes, it exists!). She is the author of two full-length collections: Tidal Pools and Other Small Infinities and Grey Matters. Her work explores themes such as love, loss, mental health, personal growth, and healing. When she’s not writing, you can find her beach-combing, watching space documentaries, or buying more books than she can carry. Find her on TikTok @kristens_notebook_poetry