Rating: ★★★ (3 stars)
Title: I Am More Than a Daydream
Poet: Jennae Cecelia
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
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
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
– 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
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?
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?
Let me know!