This Week, I Read Gabriel Oladipo: Emma

Image Credit: Pietra Schwarzler via Unsplash Emma, by Gabriel Oladipo, is a series of voice poems from the perspective of a teenage girl, Emma. She is addressing those who are close to her, in a sort of confessional. Whether she’s actually telling them, or this is a journal is unclear.   The poem, “White Teeth,”…

This Week, I Read Greg Santos’s Ghost Face

Image Credit: Steinar Engleland via Unsplash “If I ever visit Cambodia,/I wonder what it will be like/ to be met with smiling faces that look like mine?” the speaker in Greg Santos’s collection, Ghost Face asks. “Will I feel at home/ or utterly alone?” Ghost Face is about how the speaker fits in to his…

This Week, I Read Elisabeth Horan’s Self-Portrait

Image Credit: Alessandra Zani via Unsplash Self-Portrait is a collection of ekphrastic and biographical poems on Frida Kahlo’s work and life, written by Elisabeth Horan. Each of the poems is based on a painting by Kahlo, and they are arranged chronologically. While it is based on Kahlo’s life, this is a fictional representation. The tone…

This Week, I Read Lindsay Lusby’s Catechesis

Image Credit: Evie Schaffer via Unsplash “A girl has two choices:/ to be a tree or/ to be the forest,” the speaker declares in Lindsay Lusby’s collection of – poems, Catechesis, a Postpastoral.  The collection is a stunning pastiche, interwoven with references to Grimm’s Fairytales, Silence of the Lambs, anatomical drawings from Grey’s Anatomy, and…

This Week, I Read Vanessa Maki’s Haunted Mind

Image Credit: MontyLov via Unsplash *Content Warning: The book reviewed contains discussion of suicidal thoughts and self-harm.* For the record, I will always promote books which discuss taboo subjects in a way that is meaningful and seeks to shed light on those subjects. Haunted Mind is one such book. “i’m your//devourer / your chaos /…

This Week, I Read Kathryn Gossow’s The Dark Poet

Image Credit: Annie Spratt via Unsplash Most of the time, people misuse the word “seems.” They mean that something looks a certain way, when they mean to say that it definitely looks the way that they’ve described. “Seem” should be used when something looks a certain way, but lurking beneath its surface, it’s actually another…

This Week, I Read Catherine Garbinsky’s Even Curses End

Image Credit: freestocks.org via Unsplash “I did not belong in the village/ where people would point and laugh,” the speaker in Catherine Garbinsky’s fairytale themed poetry collection, Even Curses End. “They did not see my robin’s egg heart/only the crooked branches of my body.” The pieces in this book tend to flip the narrative, telling…