My Thoughts on Poetry, short stories and shapeshifter brothers oh my.

Witty, tender, surprising, these keenly observed tales speak to us all, and capture the moment when we all want to roar.

Roar by Cecilia Ahern

Published by HarperCollins
These stories from Cecelia Ahern are a departure from her novels (which I have a lot of time for) and they are chilling. If you look at the list of the stories, some of the stories are a literal as their titles suggest. The stories underline how women are invisible, whatever age: invisible once elderly, put to one side once married.
My one bugbear would be that the characters were all uniform. There was not a great variety in there.


Peppernell understands that healing is a process, and Pillow Thoughts II eloquently captures the time and experience that one goes through on their journey to peace through restoration. A collection of inspirational and comforting poems for anyone who is mending from a broken heart.

Pillow Thoughts 2 by Courtney Peppernell

Published by Andrews McMeel
I enjoyed the writing in Pillow Thoughts 2.
I liked that I could dip in and out of the book.
I found my problem was with the writing, which was impeccable, and an accurate portrayal of falling, and being in love, was so good I couldn’t connect with it, and almost couldn’t finish Pillow Thoughts.


Wicked Origins is a modern YA Fantasy Retelling of L. Frank Baum’s original Oz tales.

Wicked Origins by Paula Black
A retelling of The Wizard of Oz, Paula Black takes elements of the original story and adds them into her own tale. Black’s Dorothy is a hardened character, a child in care who doesn’t trust easy, and lives with Aunt Em and Uncle Henry, and sister. During a tornado her car is taking and lands in the place called Oz, along with her dog Toto. Instead of the Scarecrow, Tinman, and Lion her companions are three shape shifter brothers. The Ruby slippers that Dorothy puts on her feet to save herself from the Munch’kins are boots. The relationship of the brothers and Dorothy develops into a tight unit. I wasn’t convinced by some of the passages in the story. I liked the characters and the dialogue. I will be adding part two to my TBR.


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In a dream you saw a Way to Survive by Clementine Von Radics

Clementine von Radics is a poet whose confessional, conversational work has achieved a wide appeal among both traditional and non-traditional poetry audiences. An internationally touring poet, Clementine’s poems have been viewed millions of times on YouTube, and they are the author of two collections, Mouthful of Forevers and Dream Girl. Clementine lives in New York City.

In a Dream You saw a Way to Survive by Clementine Von Radics
but I remember
I remember everything
I was a bird before this
Now
A graveyard
Of the unburied
My healing is ugly
My edges cracked and uninspiring
But still, they are my edges
Still, I am healing
Isn’t that itself a song?
A chorus of rage and gentle.

New Releases. Anthology (Dis)Connected & Aphrodite Made Me Do It by Trista Mateer.

It is October 1st and I have two exciting new book releases to share with you.

(Dis)Connected 2 poems & stories of connection & otherwise volume 2 which is put together by Michelle Halke of Central Avenue Publishing. These poems and stories are written from exciting writers like Alicia Cook, K.Y. Robinson & Tyler Knott Gregson. The poems inspire the stories. It must be an incredibly exciting project to be a part of. I received an ARC of this book from Netgalley. I am halfway through it and enjoying it.


The second book I have more or less finished and it is by one of my favourite contemporary writers, and that is Trista Mateer. The book is called Aphrodite Made Me Do It. It is a collection of poems and illustrations. I wasn’t disappointed with this book. I will write a review when I have finished reading reading reading this. It’s amazing.

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Book Haul

I’m poor, I don’t usually buy books brand new and so it was a real treat buying a few in August and September.

August

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The Woman with an Owl Tattoo by Anne Walsh Donnelly.

This life-affirming poetry collection reflects on the author’s growth since the ending of her marriage and what it means to unearth one’s true sexual orientation, in mid-life. Anne Walsh Donnelly’s intimate exploration of sexuality and identity is both brave and touching, marking this debut collection as a triumph.

Will you Still Love me if I Love her by Elfie

A debut poetry chapbook exploring queer realisation, self-discovery, and search for acceptance. This sapphic collection features poems ‘Attraction’ and ‘Fraud’ first published by Royal Rose Magazine and ‘TV’ featured in Issue 3 of Constellate Literary Journal.

Lady Saturn by Wanda Deglane

Lady Saturn by contemporary poet Wanda Deglane is in itself a navigation through depression and anxiety to find love – the utmost important self-love. These personal poems traverse the backdrop of what it means to be born into chaos, to feel unwanted and unloved, to be constantly seeking and attempting self-discovery, to struggle to sleep with a racing mind or to defeat depression and anxiety with the help of a pill that makes her brain like her ‘mother’s old microwave, / constantly short-circuiting and casting the whole room / in darkness.’ Take this quest through beautiful, lyrical stanzas and vivid imagery depicting pain, trauma, depression, anxiety, and a deep yearning to land softly at a place on the verge of inner acceptance and love, just the way you are, seeking that happy-go-lucky soul you once inhabited.

September

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Potential by Isabelle Kenyon

Published as part of the much-loved Ghost City Press summer series, Isabelle Kenyon’s micro chapbook is a brave and prickly collection which touches on new relationships, the-thing-between-her-legs and sexual assault. Light in tone, it is an exploration of the wonderful and the horrible things which can occur alongside love.

the sea refuses no river by Bethany Rivers

In this collection, the sea refuses no river, there is an acceptance of the pain and an acceptance of the healing moments; the healing journeys. To quote Adrienne Rich: I came to explore the wreck’, and in this collection, Bethany discovers how, ‘The words are purposes. The words are maps.’