I am not a regular poetry reader and neither am I a fan of it but I did enjoy this particular collection. This is the first I have read since my days in school. My first thoughts on this collection was that it was a breath of fresh air and a beautiful work of art. The collection had two types of poems: long ones with an unfolding story and short ones.
My favorite poem and one that stood out for me was: – Chewing Flowers
The book brought out heavy themes some of which stood out for me were: love, trauma, and family, life in the diaspora, culture and heritage. As you read along, one thing that comes out clear is women experience the same issues, they may not be happening to them at the same time but their experiences are similar.
This was a book club read for the month of February. I chose to read it in advance so as to prepare the discussion questions for the club members. Some members of my book club are very skeptical about discussing a poetry book. I guess they will never understand until they explore. I however cannot wait to discuss it as it is so fresh and packed with so many issues and themes to discuss.