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Well-versed in the business of poetry

Lindenwood mom starts imprint

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Posted: Wednesday, November 27, 2019 10:30 am | Updated: 12:41 pm, Thu Dec 5, 2019.

It was just supposed to be a small publishing project for Christine Weimer, a single mom — and now published poet — from Lindenwood.

Weimer, 28, wanted to put her poems between hard covers and see if anyone would buy them.

Be careful what you wish for.

Her book, “Tainted Lionheart,” came out last week and sold nearly 100 copies in its first few days on sale. “Way more than we expected thus far,” she said.

The release also marks the launch of a new publishing company, Our Galaxy Publishing, based in South Queens.

The imprint — owned jointly by Weimer and Lindsay Tisi, a friend of 20 years — has already signed five authors, who will be published in 2020.

“The concept of starting a publishing company came after I decided to self-publish,” Weimer explains. “I started to learn that there are a lot of women out there who had stories to tell and didn’t know where to start.”

Our Galaxy’s first-year schedule includes a memoir, a children’s book on the stages of grief, a chapter book for 8- to 12-year-olds and several more books of poetry, said Weimer.

The just-published poet and her partner came by entrepreneurship the old-fashioned way — growing up and working in family-owned businesses.

Weimer’s family owns Auction Outlet of Queens, the longtime home improvement store on Cross Bay Boulevard in Ozone Park.

Tisi’s family also owned businesses on Cross Bay for years, said Weimer.

Their first group of authors are from Alabama, New Jersey and New York, she said.

“I never reached out to anyone,” she added. “They reached out to me.”

Turns out, said Weimer, “there is a vast network of poets on Instagram.”

Other writers began to get in touch when word spread that she knew how to get into print.

“It snowballed,” she said.

Her own book came from the breakup of a seven-year relationship.

She and her boyfriend planned to have a baby, she said. But halfway through the pregnancy, she discovered he was in another relationship.

Weimer turned to poetry to work out the pain and disappointment.

“I didn’t want to worry the people around me so, instead of venting to them, I vented to a paper and pen,” she said.

She wrote hundreds of poems at night in the garden of her house, after putting her baby daughter to sleep.

The poems — she eventually edited the book down to 115 pieces — are heartfelt, filled with loss and loneliness.

You blended with my heart

to make me think

we were one in the same

changed your colors

to match mine

knowing it was not your best shade

The work, she said, was “just to find a way to let go, a way to find forgiveness,” she said.

And it worked.

She and her ex are now “best friends and he is an incredible father.

“The person I was when I wrote this doesn’t exist anymore.”

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