The Alchemy of Smallness

The Alchemy of Smallness, by Venetta Octavia

If I were a movie, what would I be rated? PG-13

Any spoilers in this review? Nope.

Summary: This is a book about trauma, so the appropriate trigger warnings apply. There are 5 poems inside, 1 of which has appeared on her tumblr.

I’m too young to be this old / too sick to be this alive*

I wasn’t sure what to expect from this. Then I read the line “my father’s mouth” and it was like a horrible understanding, dark and terrible, was suddenly in front of me in the form of a monster I didn’t know existed and now can’t ignore.

Poetry is a tricky thing. Octavia has a hazy, veiled voice. I mean that as a compliment. And I hope she’s okay.

What some people might be uncomfortable reading about in this book because of personal opinion or belief: it is about trauma, as the description says. I had no problems, but others might. I discovered this book on tumblr.

*line from The Hive

Unmythologize

31353550Unmythologize, by Arlen C.

If I were a movie, what would I be rated? PG

Any spoilers in this review? Nope.

SummaryA collection of 12 poems inspired by Greek mythology. Featuring the stories of Icarus, Artemis, Persephone, Andromeda, and more.

and this is what the poets don’t tell you:

you don’t need to die to be a martyr.

sometimes, crushing your soul to tatters

in your fist is enough.

I’m glad Atlas got a beautiful line like that. We don’t hear about Atlas enough. Lovely take on various Greek myths. If you enjoy modern, freestyle poetry and myths, this is probably right up your lane.

What some people might be uncomfortable reading about in this book because of personal opinion or belief: well, it centers on Greek myths, so if you have any issues with that then don’t read this.