Author: Lee Martens
Publisher: Secret Midnight Press
First Published: October 12, 2018
Source: Review Request
If you’re a dreamer, there is no doubt you have had your heart broken a few times, whether it was by the people you loved or by your own thoughts. ‘Secrets of a Broken Heart’ is a poetry collection to carry you through the heartbreak. It tells a story of healing, of how nothing matters more than to just keep dreaming no matter how much it hurts at times.
Secrets of a Broken Heart is a debut poetry collection that covers a couple of different topics: feelings of sadness and heartbreak after a breakup, the excitement of new love, or the anxiety of writing and creating art. It is a wide collection that follows a similar free verse style that has become popular in poetry in recent years.
“Honey, you are so pretty that
the ground cannot get enough of you.
Your tears are the water to the earth,
your red eyes the sun to the flowers.”
This poetry book is split into a few different sections, the first half of the collection primarily handling themes of heartbreak after a painful breakup. The later parts of the collection include poems about finding happiness despite insecurities and feelings of sadness and goes into great detail about the author’s personal struggles with writing. I appreciated the poems that dealt specifically with feelings of anxiety about overwriting and the constant worries that her work being good enough, these are feelings that I think many artists can relate to. As someone that has written professionally, I could definitely relate to these poems and it is a topic that isn’t often discussed.
The writing style is straightforward and simple, and I think that the poetry in this collection would have wide appeal with many readers. For me, I had difficulty with the rhythm and pacing of many of the poems since it was mostly free verse, with some stanzas rhyming and then the flow suddenly being dropped at the end of poem. It could be the way that I read them, I tend to read poetry specifically because it rolls off the tongue easily or has a playful tone. There were also many metaphors about tears and flowers that I found a little tiring, but I’ve also never been a fan of flowery prose. Overall this wasn’t a bad debut and I can see this author has potential as she develops her style.