book cover: Bottled Memories by David Ritter
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Book Review: Bottled Memories

Bottled Memories by David Ritter is a short book (40 pages) of poetry capturing both active addiction and the process of recovery. While the poems relate to his own experiences, there are themes many others will relate to, including the lure of "one more," "praying to the porcelain throne," and doing the walk of shame.… Continue reading Book Review: Bottled Memories

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Review: Here Until I’m Gone (& Thoughts on Therapeutic Writing)

Here Until I'm Gone Here Until I’m Gone: 40 Poems About Trauma, Illness, And The Inevitability Of Death is a booklet of poetry by Mio Angelo of Mentally Ill in America. The poems capture the challenges of living with chronic mental illness, including dealing with the ignorance of others. He writes about finding healing from… Continue reading Review: Here Until I’m Gone (& Thoughts on Therapeutic Writing)

the poem Not by Erin Hanson
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You’re Not Defined By What You’re Not

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2s9myr7obVA Ginnie Sophia did this lovely video based on the poem. You can find Erin Hanson on her Instagram and Facebook. Here's the text rather than graphic version of Not by Erin Hanson. You are not your age, Nor the size of clothes you wear, You are not a weight, Or the colour of your… Continue reading You’re Not Defined By What You’re Not

book cover: The Silent Scream by Maria Alfieri
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Book Review: The Silent Scream

The Silent Scream: An Anthology of Despair, Struggle, and Hope is put together by Maria Alfieri. There are 10 other contributors to the book using their full names, including myself, and other writing anonymously. In the introduction, Maria writes: It is through our vulnerability that our liberation from our inauthenticity starts. Through honest conversation we… Continue reading Book Review: The Silent Scream

book cover: My Heart's Song
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Book Review: My Heart’s Song

My Heart's Song: Emotional Musings 3 is a book of poetry by Maria Pratico, who you may know from her blog Emotional Musings. She explains in the introduction that after a messy divorce, she realized that her purpose was to use her own experiences to help others heal. She describes the poems in the book… Continue reading Book Review: My Heart’s Song

Book cover: All She Wrote by Paula Light
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Book Review: All She Wrote

All She Wrote: Catharsis & Absolution, is a book of poetry by Paula Light.  It focuses on the myriad emotions that go along with relationship heartbreak.  There are poems about narcissism, gaslighting, and other highly charged circumstances.  There's also a poem about a non-starter online relationship and Google stalking. Here are some of my favourite… Continue reading Book Review: All She Wrote

book cover: Emotions in Motion by Mathew Sackrider
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Book Review: Emotions in Motion

Emotions in Motion: A Book of Poetry is Mathew Sackrider's first book.  Like the title suggests, they are all very emotion-rich.  The poems are all on the longer side and multi-stanza, and various forms are used (which I, being non-poetic, don't know the names of). The book addresses a number of challenging topics.  The Steering Wheel… Continue reading Book Review: Emotions in Motion

Swinging Sanity Poetry Collection by N.F. Mirza book cover
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Book Review: Swinging Sanity

Swinging Sanity is the first book of poetry by N.F. Mirza, who you may know from her blog, Stoner on a Roller Coaster. The book is organized according to five themes, beginning with screaming numbness and ending with random reflections.  Each section begins with an illustration depicting different facets of the author along with a… Continue reading Book Review: Swinging Sanity

Book cover: Confessions of a Wallflower by Juansen Dizon
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Book review: Confessions of a Wallflower

Confessions of a Wallflower is Juansen Dizon's first book of poetry.  The poems are divided into four sections: depression, love, loss, and self-love.  The reader is brought along on the emotional roller coaster implied by the section names.  As much as this book is about facing darkness, it is also about recognizing the power we hold… Continue reading Book review: Confessions of a Wallflower

book cover: I Am the Architect of My Own Destruction by Juansen Dizon
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Book Review: I Am the Architect of My Own Destruction

I Am the Architect of My Own Destruction is Juansen Dizon's second book of poetry.  The book opens with a letter to the reader, which begins "It’s hard to write when you want to kill yourself. It’s harder when you don’t really know the reason as to why."  Throughout the book I felt like I as… Continue reading Book Review: I Am the Architect of My Own Destruction