Casey Renee Kiser’s “And the Moon Said No” Analyses Depression Through Relationships
Casey Renee Kiser’s chapbook And the Moon Said No is a fantastic exploration into the dark side of life. Even though the whimsical cover art gives the collection the look and feel of a children’s book, Kiser allows her readers to become intimately familiar with mental illness and how it can negatively affect relationships. The poet’s words are bold, blunt, and incredibly quirky. While not all of Kiser’s poems rhyme or even flow in a coherent manner, that’s the point—she wants her readers to know what it feels like to suffer from depression and everyone, knows mental illness can’t be packed into neat boxes.
Her work muses on how depression can negatively effect relationships not only with significant others, but also with friends and family members. For example, “Mother, May I” is a haunting ode to one sufferer’s turbulent relationship with their mom that will give you chills. Kiser also explores how depression can make you paranoid that others are judging you, which in turn can also affect how you see your relationships with loved ones.
And the Moon Said No is a bold and provocative piece created by a spectacular wordsmith that will not only allow readers to get inside the head of someone who struggles with depression, but her words will resonate with people from all walks of life. Each poem will make readers stop and reflect on their own life and relationships as well.
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