Literature Reviews

Review: I Am More Than a Daydream by Jennae Cecelia

 

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Rating: ★★★ (3 stars)

Title: I Am More Than a Daydream

Poet: Jennae Cecelia

Genre: Poetry

Where to buy: Amazon

Summary: “Daydreams are more than just short bursts of happiness that only our minds can see. I know I am more than a daydream; and you are, too.” (Source: Amazon.com)

Content Warnings: being scalded, emotionally abusive phrase “be man enough”, threat, male predators, scars, low self-esteem, body negativity, use of f*ck, image of the middle finger gesture, alcohol, terrorism


My thoughts

Jennae Cecelia’s third poetry collection resonated with me far more than her previous poetry collections. The title has great significance for me personally. Admittedly, I connected with some poems more than others, but I believe anyone could find something to take from this book.

Just like the moon,

brightness is the only

side you see of me.

Darkness lingers on the

other side,

only exposed in catastrophe.

– I am the (wo)man in the moon

Moon metaphors are some of my favourite kind of metaphors. This poem illustrates how much of ourselves we hide in order to keep our loved ones close. I am uncertain how I feel about the title of this poem; I think the parenthesis is unnecessary as men and nonbinary people hide their thoughts and feelings too. It just seems random, in my opinion.

With regards to poem titles, I thought that some of them were rather peculiar, such as “good thing I am an ice princess”, “women are architects and builders”, “we are all milk jugs in the end”. I felt that these particular poems did not visibly connect with their titles.

Moving on, I loved the following line:

I am the unexpected

pit stop;

– I Am a Forest

The deliberate spacing is so satisfying to read! I utterly connected to I Am a Forest; it illuminates how unpredictable life is, and how surprising people can be. I also wish that this poem was extended as it reads like a spoken word piece.

However, despite loving some poems from this collection, I was disappointed in a few poems, which ultimately brought my rating down:

I am a woman with a mouth

of wisdom

You better be man enough to

listen with patience,

and not talk over me because you

can be louder.

– you can’t silence this woman

I completely understand the intention with this poem, but the phrase “be man enough” is incredibly problematic and abusive. There is nothing positive about the statement “be man enough” or similar phrases “man up” or “be a man”. It reinforces hyper-masculinity where men are told not to express their emotions. With this poem, I understand that the female speaker is tired of being interrupted and spoken over, but to belittle a person’s emotions is not a solution.

Why did I read it?

I’m all about supporting indie authors, and I was rather curious about the title’s meaning.

Does the poet have other works?

Jennae Cecelia has written two other poetry collections, Uncaged Wallflower and Bright Minds Empty Souls, which I have already read! (Click on the titles to see my reviews)

Overall…

I feel that I Am More Than a Daydream is the strongest out of Cecelia’s poetry collections. due to its title significance and thematics. If you enjoy inspiring, positive poetry, then this is for you.

– Melissa Jennings


What does “I Am More Than a Daydream” mean to you?

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