So, this is for the Read Harder challenge and I picked it off a list on Goodreads so I’m going into this with no idea what to expect. I’ve never even read a book of poetry since university and I’ve yet to find a book of modern poetry that I’ve really enjoyed. The dedication to Harry Potter at the beginning certainly gets us off on the right foot so let’s see where this goes.
Trauma is shown in tiny snippets. There’s not a lot of detail but there doesn’t need to be. The plain facts are horrifying enough.
Really not the poetry I’m used to appreciating but I like this stream of consciousness style and I like the way the words are used to make shapes to fit the poem like a poem about something locked away formed into the shape of a key. The poems are also well paired together too to compliment each other.
Incredible imagery. The twist on the meeting between fire and ice and playing with the usual romantic cliches is great to read. The language is polished to absolute perfection and sears into your mind something fierce. Not a single word is wasted.
Keeping it realistic all while the language soars. When speaking about grief and loss, the author does go off on a tangent, exploring the unexplainable like the old poets would, but focuses on the smaller things that trigger grief, like a bookmark in the middle of a book the person will never finish.
I love the lines at the end of a poem that can either be a revelation, a summary or a punchline. In this context, the punchline can actually punch you in the face and leave you feeling shocked and dazed.
Now, her poem on millennials is brilliant. ‘The generation you didn’t want to see fail then ensured that we did’ – I love it. As I do the messages she has for us and for society. I’m taking a lot of quotes away from this book.
Genuinely astonished at the fact that I stayed up late to read a book of poetry. That has never happened before. The book is just that arresting.