When I decided to read at least one volume of poetry a month for #poetrychallenge2019 I used the Book Outlet boxing day sale to pick up a bunch of random poetry books, based only on the title and cover. This was one I picked for the cover, and when I saw it on Maggie Stiefvater's shelfie the other day I knew I found my February pick.
I loved everything about this. Donika Kelly knows her craft. These poems are so skillful and beautiful and chimerical. There are poems about nature, about her own (often painful) childhood, and about mythological beings, and somehow it all works perfectly together. Amazing.
TW for sexual abuse
This book was intense and raw, brightly colored and earthy. I loved it, even as parts of it were painful or unsettling. Strong contemporary poetry. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
My #readingstats for #October!
🎃 Fever Dream by Samanta Schweblin
🎃 Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
🎃 Autumn by Ali Smith
🎃 The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur
🎃 Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado
🎃 Bestiary by Donika Kelly
Worst: Fever Dream
#BestofOctober| #OctoberStats| #SpookyOctober
This title won the Cave Canem Poetry Prize and the name of its accolade is a solid hint at the nature of the work. Kelly oscillates between rhapsody and devastation in the space of a line, pulling you in with her beautiful fragments and then showing you the truth just when you've been lulled into a false understanding of the nature of the work. Prepare for wonders and monsters alike before jumping in, #triggerwarning abuse .
The holidays thrust me into a bit of a book slump, and completely distracted be from Litsy, but there's nothing like #bookmail to get me back on track. I can't wait to delve into these. I've missed you, littens!
So excited to read Donika Kelly's BESTIARY, winner of the Cave Canem Prize. Thanks to @graywolfpress for sending it! #poetry
Littens, are any of you also poetry readers? How do you find other verse enthusiasts on @Litsy ?