Publisher: Scars Publications
Release Date: January nineteenth 2018
For many this chapbook could possibly be triggering, as it covers sexual harassment, cat calling, and rape culture. I appreciate what must have gone into Linda’s poetry in this collection , and in sharing her experiences. I personally identified with the emotions of which she writes around her experiences, and I think Splintered with Terror is an important read because it is so relevant to our society. There are poems that recount incidents, others question our culture and reactions, as well as others that seemed to be open letters to those that stood by, and did nothing, but accuse the narrator of these poems. A few of the poems take place in college, where I think many of us are experiencing a newly discovered sexual awareness.
‘People should always
Respect each other’s boundaries,’
There are poems too, such as in Men like you, that make a very good point.
‘No means no
And people should be respected
For their decisions,’
What kicks in is a quality that I have noticed, and love about, Linda’s poetry is the uplift, the continuing on, and even referencing Harry Potter in Reliving Nightmares, ‘you are a foul loathsome little cockroach,’ There’s magic in her words. A line I loved was, ‘you’re the pomegranate stain on my heart,’
‘The best apology is changed behavior,’
Linda is a prolific writer and you can read examples of her wonderful writing at Milk+Beans Selcouth Station
And soon in the book Please Hear what I’m Not Saying.
Please Hear what I’m Not Saying is an anthology of mental health themed poetry, releasing February, and the editor is Isabelle Kenyon. The proceeds for money raised from book sales will go to the mental health charity Mind, so look out for that.
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