Back to my scheduled small/casual poetry reviews, I guess you could call them highlights? Anyways…
I’m focusing on Bones in the Garden and Semicolon; by McKayla DeBonis in this post and I just have to say I love both of these collections so much. They are fluid from poem to poem and are worthy of second reads.
Second reads are my favourite. You go through a second time and find even more life in the words. This is not a bad thing at all. Poems that touch you at first glance, and then grow even more after reading again and again.
Bones in the Garden
Plant me in the ground
Wait for the torrential rainfall
And watch me grow
If you know me… I love bones and flowers. I bought this because of the title alone, with no other recommendation. Because well… the title alone is perfect!
Not only is this beautiful and lyrical, it’s personal and you can feel it. The word arrangement and voice really leave you feeling as if you read a story. I imagined the authors feelings and emotions, but also a fairy tale story played in my mind.
Loving you was like gathering
flowers that grew solely on
I could write a story out of these poems they inspired me not only in my heart but creatively as well. Can I please just quote every poem here?
Remember I said worthy of second reads? This is definitely the book worthy of second reads!
is pouring salt on an open wound
– & yet i do it still
Putting aside a whimsical darkness, Semicolon is raw and pointed, with layers. You see an new angle to so many of the poems when you go through again and again… and I’m loving it.
I’m not saying study each poem the first time you read it. It’s really better when you read through the book… and then go back and savor each word. Each arrangement.
Touching on not only how someone else can break you but how you can break yourself. Self-hate and self-harm are just as toxic a lover as people but she turns the words out so beautiful. Illustrating just how it is to feel lost in yourself and your own darkness.
the face of my own death
slowly ripping at the seams
– until i fall apart completely
McKayla turns these dark feelings and words into reassuring images. That you can struggle and grow at the same time, that you can find a light even when the darkness still clings to you.
surviving my sadness was never easy
it came in waves
even when i thought it was safe
– but i am living proof those waves will pass
The second half of the book is worthy of the smiles it gives. The hope and understanding. The support and love McKayla offers not only to herself but to you the reader as well.
Both of these collections got 5stars from me and I’m excited and waiting for more.
Here’s a link to McKayla’s Goodreads page and her website where you can find links to her collections.