• Poetry Book Review

    Afterwards

    Warnings: Death, Suicide, Sexual Assault, Sexual Harassment My Thoughts Losing a loved a love one is hard, but the loss of a loved one to suicide is even harder. It’s difficult because it’s preventrable, and it’s hard to explain the feeling of helplessness afterwards. This collection of poetry details the grief that comes with losing a friend, but it is other things too. Myers explores the loss of family, depression, and sexual assault. There are a handful of good poems, such as The Girl Becomes Gasoline which was what made me decide to pick this book up. “I don’t know when I became a space to be filled. My thigh…

  • Poetry Book Review

    Helium

    My Thoughts Goodness gracious Helium was such a breath of fresh air. Francisco writes with a voice that is down to earth and full of so much truth about life today in America. I greatly enjoyed this collection, it was free verse but many of the poems were still littered with beautiful metaphors and allegories. After every poem I finished, I appreciated the medium so much more. “I am learning that a person who only knows how to fight can only communicate in violence and that shouldn’t be anyone’s first language.” The author pulls no punches when discussing contemporary issues such as in The Heart and the Fist, which is…

  • Poetry Book Review

    The Future

    My Thoughts So I discovered Hilborn’s work after watching him perform The Future a couple of years back and the poem had stayed with me ever since. I sought out more of Hilborn’s work and fell in love with his first collection, Our Numbered Days. “When I’m down I don’t kill myself because then the sadness would be over, and the sadness is my old paint under the new. The sadness is the house fire or the broken shoulder: I’d still be me without it but I’d be so boring.” I don’t know why The Future just didn’t click with me. There were a few poems that were good, the…

  • Poetry Book Review

    Our Numbered Days

    My Thoughts If you haven’t had the pleasure of experiencing slam poetry or have never heard of Neil Hilborn before then I strongly urge you to check out some of his performances, particularly OCD and Joey. It will give you an idea of his voice and the strong emotional impact of his writing. Our Numbered Days is a brilliant collection because it challenges readers to ask questions about themselves and take a look at their lives. Hilborn tackles some extremly heavy topics such as heartbreak, mental illness, depression, and suicide. Many of the poems are emotionally raw and are based on the author’s real life experiences. The collection contains forty-five…