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‘Here is how it works: You lie next to me in bed. You love me. You take your finger, and write the most secret words you can think of on my skin. Then I pull you close and I whisper them back to you and if I get them right, you never stop loving me, and I never stop loving you.’
Published: 2018, by Central Avenue Publishing.
Format: eBook/ARC from Netgalley
Genre: Poetry, Short Stories, Nonfiction, Anthologies
Contains: Death, Violence, Anger, Rape, Sexual Assault
I received a copy of this book from Central Avenue Publishing through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
‘[Dis]Connected: Poems and Stories of Connection and Otherwise’ is a short story and poetry anthology combined of some of my most popular confessional poets of today, with the likes of Amanda Lovelace, Nikita Gill and Trista Mateer featured in its pages. Exploring the theme of connectivity, isolation and disconnection, the writers each tell tales from a task Michelle Halket (editor) assigns to them, each with beautiful outcomes.
I originally requested this collection from Netgalley for Amanda Lovelace’s and Cyrus Parker’s inputs, their works never failing to disappoint. But, I was pleasantly surprised by the other inclusions, finding multiple new poets to research further into.
The collection as a whole is beautiful, yet uneven, as I expected with an anthology such as this. That being said, there was still a steady flow between the works, one taking something from the previous piece and using it to create something new. The theme itself is fairly broad, meaning there was a lot of mixed topics within the book; however, many seemed to follow the love and loss, rebellion and oppression, route, which were all wonderful to read. The language and imagery in each of the stories was inspiring, it clearly presenting the love and loss of each writer, which made it remarkably easy to connect to. The idea of each writer having to compose stories based of another writer’s work was brilliant, I loved witnessing what ideas flew from the previous works and how each writer personally interpreted the story. It made the anthology more uniquely collaborative, more connected. All the pieces had their own spark, the writers own narrative styles and quirks making them each uniquely beautiful and fun to read. However, the poetry aspect was by far my favourite, them all taking my breath away while reading.
A few pieces that stood out to me most were;
- No Turning Back by Cyrus Parker
- Things That Aren’t True by Yena Sharma Purmasir
- The Way It Works by Iain S. Thomas
- Astral Travel by Amanda Lovelace
- Erratics by Nikita Gill
- A Book and Its Girl by Amanda Lovelace
- The Knife by Trista Mateer
- Stained Glass Mirror by Cyrus Parker
- If My Aunt Was On Twitter @Lovelydurbangirl by Yena Sharma Purmasir
- Beauty In The Bones by R.H. Swaney
- The Secret Song Everyone Knows by Iain S. Thomas
Overall, I loved this little anthology. It was a wonderfully easy read, completing it in one sitting and experienced so many journeys in that small time frame.
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