I kept on seeing Filipino author (and kinda my local semi-life peg) Dawn Lanuza pushing this book and raving about it so I put it in my wishlist. And lo and behold, it was free last week! So I immediately grabbed it and took the time to read it one night when I couldn’t sleep and NOW WHAT TO DO HOW TO COPE
Author: Yrsa Daley-Ward
Date of Publication: June 16, 2014
Source: purchased (Kindle)
Bone. Visceral. Close to. Stark.
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My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
F E E L I N G S
Seriously. I couldn’t sleep so I started reading it and when am I gonna learn that reading poetry before I sleep isn’t a wise decision? Because I just end up wrecked by emotions.
Yrsa Daley-Ward does not mince words. She goes at it head-on. It doesn’t mean that her poetry is pure tell and no show because it isn’t. She’s able to paint an imagery that would be vivid in your mind and fierce in your heart. I repeatedly had to roll over my bed because I had to pause reading and just soak it in.
Her poems on mental illness are bookmarked and highlighted in my Kindle. In fact, I bookmarked a handful of poems and highlighted several passages too. There was simple beauty in her succinctness, yet it slowly pierces through the heart.
The collection’s pretty short and features some prose of hers too. I read it in less than an hour, I think? It’s a good way to pass the time and just relish the waves of anger, love, hope, lonesomeness, and all these other emotions wash upon you.
“The worst thing about somebody who betrays you, somebody who turns out to be a completely different person to whom you first thought, is the love that you still feel in your heart for them, embedded so deeply into the narrow spaces of yourself that you cannot access it to try and remove it.”