Title: Table for One
Author: Laura Ashley Laraque
Publication Date: 4 May 2017
Publisher: Amazon Createspace
Where to buy: Table for One
Summary: “This book talks about a female who has experienced what many have, heart break. In the midst of her pain, she takes on a journey to learn to love herself.” (Source: Goodreads)
I am blown away by this collection. Laura Ashley Laraque wields her words in a variety of ways, mainly through the form of prose and her use of spacing. The contents of Table for One is thematically separated into the three prominent sections – just like a menu at a restaurant. Laraque’s strength lies in her idea clarity, she presents her poems like a stream of a consciousness, each idea builds on the next. I identified with the majority of Laraque’s poems, and the collection left me a stronger person.
Just go up beyond a distant star
and forget about all your scars
that left your life locked behind bars.
I wish Laraque had played around with her main concept, self-love, as I wanted to see a significant link between the title, her main theme, and her individual poems. The section titles were the only obvious link, except the odd Untitled Food For Thought, so I had expected a little more.
Why did I read it?
I am a massive poetry fan. I came across Laura Ashley’s collection through Twitter, and I befriended her during my process of creating my own poetry book. I’m all about supporting fellow indie authors and poets.
Does the author have other works?
Laura Ashley Laraque is working on Volume 2.
Laraque’s collection expresses a hunger to be understood by both self and the world, and moreover, the realisation that the heart needs what it always tends to give out: love.
– Melissa Jennings