Saturday 7 August 2021

THE SMALLEST OF BONES by Holly Lyn Walrath


A haunting ossuary of tiny poems covering a wide range of topics such as love, romance, relationships, queer sexuality, religion, death, demons, ghosts, bones, gender, and darkness. The Smallest of Bones guides those on an intimate journey of body acceptance, with sparse words dedicated to peeling back skin and diving bone-deep into the self. Raw, honest, and powerful, this collection is an offering to those struggling to find power in the darkness.

The other day, the author of this lovely little book reached out and asked if I'd be interested in checking it out. I was really excited because I loved the pretty cover as soon as I saw it. Not to mention that I have a strange fascination with skulls, skeletons and bones, so reading a poetry collection featuring different bones sounded very appealing.

This lovely and soul-stirring collection of tiny poems is broken up into clever sections featuring a new different and very important bone in each one. It's also framed by some very interesting mythical, factual and spiritual information about the CRANIUM (great way to start), MANDIBLE (powerful), STERNUM (fragile), SACRUM (haunting), SPINE (sad), CALCANEUS (chilling) and TEMPORAL (a fitting end).

I really enjoyed this book! It's deep and dark and even quite sad. It's amazing how well such a brief selection of words convey such powerful emotion and imagery when perfectly crafted into small and very imaginative poems.

My favourite thing about this book is how deeply I felt every raw and honest word, it felt more like a visceral experience that managed to surpass the simple act of reading and haunted me until the very end. 

This is a beautiful collection of minimalist poetry and packs quite a sentimental punch.

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