• The Grief We’re Given by William Bortz

    This is a review of the phenomenal poetry collection, The Grief We’re Given by William Bortz, which I gave 5/5 stars. Overview “all which I haven’t known is all I ever feel” As the title suggests, this collection all revolves around a theme of grief. The poems all touch on different aspects of the same emotion but truly emphasize how the feeling is all-encompassing, but yet possible to live and thrive with. General Thoughts and Writing “what is hope if it isn’t worth losing everything for” Filled with raw emotion and tender longings, these poems were spectacularly crafted to break your heart, but also help you put it back together.…

  • Night Sky With Exit Wounds by Ocean Vuong

    This is a review of Night Sky With Exit Wounds by Ocean Vuong, which I gave 5/5 stars. Overview “In the body, where everything has a price, I was a beggar.” This is Vuong’s first full-length poetry collection featuring thirty-five poems touching on topics of life, family, identity, grief, and growing up in Vietnam in the aftermath of the war. General Thoughts / Writing “How sweet. That rain. How something that lives only to fall can be nothing but sweet.” This collection was absolutely stunning. The writing was elegant and I was captivated from the start. Vuong’s lyricisms were bursting with emotionally charged words and stories. I’ve started reading more…

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