Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Review of Chatterbox Poems by Sandy Day

Review of Chatterbox Poems by Sandy Day

Discover a lyrical new voice in poetry. Sandy Day studied under great Canadian poets, bp nichol and Michael Ondaatje. Her influences include Adrienne Rich, Sylvia Plath, Anne Sexton, and Pat Lowther.

Chatterbox is a collection of one hundred and ten poems, tiny tellings written during a year of marriage disintegration. The poems explore a world of bewildering emotions ranging from sadness and terror to anger and enlightenment. The reader enters a world conjured from fairytales and dolls, the Garden of Eden, and the Wizard of Oz; the pages abound with moths and mice, dogs and horses, roosters and crows, oranges and apples, the moon and the sun.

A creative force, exploding after decades of silence, inspires the Chatterbox poems. The poet struggles to attend to a Muse that wakes her each morning, urging her to capture a spirit igniting inside her. The poet observes her own life as it falls apart and fragments then miraculously turns her outward toward others.

Whose heart hasn't cracked open and broken? Do any of us withstand the pain and transcend to the other side? Can we leave betrayal and abandonment behind without bitterness and resentment? Can we move on and find our true soaring spirits? Chatterbox answers these questions with a resounding, yes.

My review

I really enjoyed this delightful book, packed full of an array of poems to suit any taste. My high school years killed my enjoyment of poems, from the endless analysis, but I must admit I enjoyed this book far more than I thought. Each poem tumbles off the page in a stream of consciousness. I read each one with fascination and the book certainly brought back my love of poems that high school had crushed. From tears of sadness to open mouthed surprise, I enjoyed every one. 

Thrust into a fairytale world, these poems are pure escapism and a hidden treat. I loved the use of animals in the poem and well as the clever use of emotions. I'd certainly recommend this book to anyone.

1 comment :

  1. Thanks so much for this very kind review! I am thrilled that you liked my book so much.