REVIEW: Depression & Other Magic Tricks by Sabrina Benaim
Thanks to Netgalley for providing me an e-arc in exchange for an honest review.
I'm not really sure how to rate or review poetry collections. Some were beautiful or had beautiful verses. Some hit home and articulated depression and/or anxiety very well. I think all poems come from a place of vulnerability, which is impressive, show a lot of strength and is worth noticing. There were, however, also a lot of poems that left me indifferent. That doesn't mean the poems are bad, and because poetry is so personal none of my experiences can tell you whether or not this is worth reading for you. I'd suggest you try, especially if you struggle with depression as well.
i will remember the present as the
place to start
today is a good day/ to wake up/ & be great
& have gratitude/ for the relentless
pump of this heart/ the way it does
to hold back
i exhale/ & i begin
Explaining Depression to my Mother is an incredible poem and I encourage you to look it up, even if you won't read the whole collection.
my depression is a shape shifter;
one day it is as small as a firefly in
the palm of a bear,
the next, it's the bear.
those days i play dead until the bear
leaves me alone
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