Review of Psychaotic By Angie

Posted: February 23, 2015 in Reviews
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A collection of poetry (and an essay or two) revolving around emotional topics, depression being a common theme. Stop Me gives voice to a feeling common among depressive disorders. The stark simplicity of Seer, A Rare Absence, and Impatiencen make them strong (lost) love poems while several poems, like Vendetta, Depiction, and Prize Possession, express violent ideas that women have rarely been allowed to express.

The poems vary in style and format, with only a couple poems structured around a rhyme pattern. The rhyming poems are among my least favorite; the patterns feel too concocted, particularly when pitted against Zahra’s freeform poetry.

My favorite line from this book doesn’t come from the poems but from the afterward by Irum Zahra: “P.S. Find the words written for you and let them resonate in your mind and heart.”

For me, that would be Roses on My Arms. The tattoo on my left arm is a full sleeve composed of roses, clouds, and bats that cover some of my own self-inflicted scars (and that’s all the spoiler you’ll get about the poem).

But Shambles of Innocence runs a close second to being my favorite poem because it’s the strongest “woman-poem” in the book.

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a review


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