The ink navigates // the complexities of my mind // better than I do. My thoughts on poetry collection Real like Laundry by Breanne Weber.

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Title: Real like Laundry

Author: Breanne Weber

Genre: Poetry

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There is so much emotion within the pages of this book. Breanne writes with so much passion. I was swept up in her writing. Sometimes she writes about writing itself (“Poetry does something for me that all the man made chemicals they insist on pumping into my body can’t”) ; as well as touching on personal relationships (“I’m searching for my oxygen”) and mental health. Read these Words is a powerful poem, with the refrain of don’t do it. I think you can guess what the poem is referring to with that, with lines “next week when you go to the grocery store there could be an older woman losing her faith in humanity until you hold the door for her and smile,” and “you have the unique ability to see the best in people like no one else can without you imagine the souls that would be misunderstood,”
She uses the sense of smell too in some of the poems, which I loved.

It felt that Real like Laundry was an open journal, where we read the author’s rawest thoughts. It is one of those books I feel I have to buy a paperback copy of to have on my shelf. I flicked through Real like Laundry numerous times, and loved slowly kind of unwrapping the poetry. Breanne is a poet on my list of poets to look out for in the future. I can’t wait to read more of her poetry.


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4 Questions with Amanda N. Butler.

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1, Tell us about you, and your writing (themes, influences, etc.)

I write poetry but I also have an interest in fiction. I brought those two loves together in my verse novel. My chapbooks of poetry tend to be more whimsical and mystical than my fictional poetry – my first chapbook with Dancing Girl Press, Tableau Vivant, is about flowers and the performance of acting the adult as an early twenty-something. My second chapbook, effercrescent, focuses on the moon and the feminine. My mini-chapbook with Origami Poems Project, How A Fairy Gets Her Wings, mixes new mythology on fairies with feeling enough confidence in yourself to grow and fly.

2, What are some of the ways in which you promote your work, and do you find these add, or eat into, your time writing?

I primarily use Twitter and Facebook to market my book (I almost always forget I have Instagram!) synthesized with my blog. When it’s just a quick share on social media, it’s not as time consuming as sitting down and writing out a full blog (and formatting it!). I usually try to write at least once every few days.

3, What projects are you working on at present?

I’m currently in the planning stage of the sequel to The Mermarium (one hint: wings!) and I’m writing a collection of poems about anxiety. I also want to write a collection about ballet. I have no shortage of projects at the moment!

4,What does poetry mean to you?

At the risk of sounding cliche, poetry is like air to me. I need to write poetry like I need to breathe. I’ve been writing poetry for almost 13 years and it’s a constant companion.


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