Literature Reviews

Poetry Review: The Secrets I Keep

tsikRating: ★★★★★

Title: The Secrets I Keep

Author: Alex Casso

Genre: Poetry

Publication Date: 23 May 2017

Publisher: Amazon Kindle

Where to buy: The Secrets I Keep

Summary: “The Secrets I Keep is a poetry collection about mental illness, as well as child abuse and the lingering effects it has.” (Source: Goodreads)

The (I am solid gone) AMAZING


Alex Casso’s words utterly purge you. The operative word being purge; it is not an easy collection to digest, but I managed it in one sitting. I must stress at this point in my review that the topics discussed in Casso’s poetry collection may be triggering to some readers. The topics in question range from child abuse, PTSD, and self-harm.

Casso’s collection is divided into two parts: Dirty Laundry and The Stains. The first section, Dirty Laundry, addresses a person who has contaminated their life through various events, and the second half of the collection, The Stains, is concerned with the things that time has not been able to remove. Casso’s debut collection is possibly the darkest book I have ever read in my life.

Why did I read it?

Many thanks to the author, Alex Casso, for sending me a copy through email as I sadly do not have a Kindle. On a side note, if you don’t have a Kindle and really want to read The Secrets I Keep, drop Alex Casso a line on Twitter @alexecasso AND donate to their Ko-fi account. Indie authors, like Alex, need our support, so get to it.

Does the author have other works?

Alex Casso is releasing another chapbook this year called Love Letters to Nameless. It is due to be released in late August 2017.


With careful selection, Casso articulates truths about surviving pain and abuse. Each poem in the 25-page book has its own bleeding heart right up until the end and their words stay with you. I simply cannot wait to read more of Casso’s intense, dark poetry.

– Melissa Jennings



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