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.


“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. These poems took me on a journey of discovery and acknowledgment. They felt both otherworldly and familiar in a sense. One of my favorite aspects of these poems was the cosmic and nature-themed imagery. They created such a bewitching and captivating vibe, they truly furthered the essence of the poems.

The collection was written in a few different styles, and while some worked better with Bortz’s writing than others, none felt lacking in importance or emotion. Each poem felt complete and strong on its own.

Final Thoughts

“one day I decided to take a step and it hurt less than standing still”

This collection was absolutely mesmerizing! Bortz’s writing was both comforting and heart wrenching in the best possible way. I was drawn in from the first line and couldn’t put it down until I finished the whole book. I will surely be on the lookout for more work by Bortz and would highly recommend checking out this collection once it’s released!

Disclosure: I received a download of this book from Netgalley. All opinions are my own. 

2 thoughts on “The Grief We’re Given by William Bortz

    • Imagine Reader Post authorReply

      I’ll have to check that one out! I hope you enjoy this one, it was incredible ??

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