Genre: Young Adult Poetry
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Publication Date: October 3rd 2020
Source: Pansing Books
Page Count: 107
Blurb from Goodreads:
A compelling collection of poems that explores the emotions and experiences of growing up as a mixed-race woman.
From acclaimed performance poet Sophia Thakur comes a powerful new collection of poems exploring issues of identity, difference, perseverance, relationships, fear, loss and joy. The collection is arranged as life is: from youth to school, to home life, falling in love and falling straight back out again. The poems draw on the author’s experience as a young mixed-race young woman trying to make sense of a lonely and complicated world. With a strong narrative voice and emotional empathy, this is poetry that will resonate with all young people, whatever their background, and whatever their dreams. As she says, she hopes the poems will help readers “grow through what they go through”.
HERE’S MY REVIEW!
It has been a while since I read a poetry book. I don’t usually gravitate towards poetry, but once in a while I would love to read some to broaden my reading picks. I’ve read Milk and Honey and The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur and I enjoy them.
This book is divided to a few sections which are the process of life, from growing, waiting, breaking and growing again. It’s a poetry full of stories about race, politics, love, family, friendship and heartbreak.
I love parts where the author writes about her mom’s perseverance in life and I can totally relate it to mine. Mothers are always so kind yet so brave in dealing with obstacles. I cannot relate on the love and heartbreak part but I can feel the pain that the author feels.
Some poetry books are underdone, like just when you read someone’s diary. However, Somebody Give This Heart A Pen is not. The writing is just so brilliant with insightful and perceptive words that makes you crave for more.
There are many great verses in this one but this one verse truly caught my attention. Here it is:
“Do you find peace when you are alone? Or do you claw your laptop open. Chain you eyes to you phone. Trade your thoughts for someone else’s? Too busy to impose on yourself for a moment.”
Thank you so much Pansing Books for sending me a finished copy of Somebody Give This Heart A Pen.