Catherine Owen’s collection of poetry, Designated Mourner, is a heartbreaking look at how addiction can destroy lives. Each piece is part of a collection of elegies that mourn the loss of a Owen’s spouse/artistic collaborator who lost a battle to addiction. Owen mixes both tenderness and rage at the death of her spouse as she struggles against the sorrowful tide that was his loss. The anger she feels against “his night” is both enthralling and utterly heartbreaking to read. But despite its bleakness, you won’t be able to look away.
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Poet Cecilia Llompart’s debut collection allows her readers to sip from the glass of human emotion and experience all that our souls have to offer. While many of the poems published within are full of subtlety and scale, which invites readers to reflect several times on the meaning of the words within, she also gives a unique view of the world around us as well. By taking a metaphorical time-lapse camera and giving her readers a pair of binoculars to fully examine not only her thoughts on the world but also our own experiences as humans, Llompart shows the beauty in being still and observing everything around you.
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For those readers who long to get swept up in poetry, check out Mary Szybist’s Incarnadine, which was voted Amazon’s Best Book of the Year in Poetry in 2013 and won the National Book of Poetry award that year as well.
However, even if you are not usually a fan of poetry, you’ll still enjoy Szybist’s work because it’s not static and it covers a wide range of topics. From thoughts on love, motherhood, and even religion, Incarnadine urges readers to open their eyes and see things as they really are. There’s also a sense of vulnerability in the author’s works too—her poems allow the readers to take a peek into her heart and soul.
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