Literature Reviews

Poetry Review: The Chaos of Longing

the chaos of longing

Rating: ★★★★★

Title: The Chaos of Longing

Author: K. Y. Robinson

Genre: Poetry

Publication Date: 31 May 2016

Publisher: Amazon Createspace (due to be re-released with Andrews McMeel Publishing)

Where to buy: The Chaos of Longing

Summary: “The Chaos of Longing is a prose and poetry collection draped in raw honesty, ache, and eroticism. The collection explores trauma, love, heartbreak, and the realizations from it all.” (Source: Goodreads)


This is why I love poetry. I instantly connected to this poetry collection, in particular, the sections ‘longing’, ‘chaos’, and ‘epiphany’. The title of K. Y. Robinson’s collection is apt as it is a beautiful chaos of emotions ranging from despair to hope. It is quite a journey, a journey that I connected by ‘longing’.

that stench

of the death

of innocence.


i still remember

that smell


years later.

(1.17.93, (iii), p.15)


I wish the collection contained some trigger warnings for the sexually explicit imagery.

Why did I read it?

I connected instantly to the title. The Chaos of Longing is poetic by itself.

Does the author have other works?

Not at the moment, but as Robinson recently joined Andrews McMeel Publishing, a second revised and expanded edition of The Chaos of Longing will be released in September 2017.


Robinson’s words flow so powerfully and painfully through the fabric of love and loss. This is one of my favourites that I will re-read throughout my life. I cannot wait to see what the new edition will have in store!

– Melissa Jennings

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