Literature Reviews

Review: Letting Go is an Acquired Taste by Christina Hart

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Rating: ★★★ (3 stars)

Title: Letting Go is an Acquired Taste

Poet: Christina Hart

Genre: Poetry

Where to buy: Amazon

Summary: “The companion chapbook to the best-selling Empty Hotel Rooms Meant for Us. Rather than holding on to lovers, past and present, this collection of poetry focuses on the art of letting go.” (Source: Goodreads)

Content Warnings: use of the word f*ck and variations of it, loss, being burned, abuse, mention of knives, mention of slicing, description of suffocation, death, mention of drugs, descriptions of erotic dancers, mention of train wreck, mention of noose.


My thoughts

I completely agree with the title, letting go IS an acquired taste. The significance of the title is that the speaker “lets go” of what is holding them back, in this case, people. Regarding the collection, only a few poems managed to stir me, but the majority fell flat for me. I felt that there were too many repetitive statements and phrases throughout, so it felt like I was reading the same poems over and over. But then again, perhaps this collection would impact me more as a spoken word piece. I think the collection’s theme is rather important as “letting go” of things is a particularly tough task to do.

I traced a circle

around the beauty mark

on my thigh,

marking what was still mine.

Some things they can

never take with them,

so if they want to leave,

let them.

– Let Them Leave

This is probably my favourite from the collection. For me, the poem expresses the notion of reclaiming ourselves after a breakup, especially after a physical relationship. The speaker draws the reader attention to a “beauty mark”, which is likely a symbol of their identity and self-worth.

Why did I read it?

There is something bittersweet about the title, so I wanted to see how it connected to its content.

Does the poet have other works?

Christina Hart has written another poetry collection titled Empty Hotel Rooms Meant for Us. Hart has also written fantasy series called The Rosebush Series.

Overall…

I struggled to connect with some of the poems, but it was still an enjoyable read. If you like honest, clear poetry, then this is for you.

– Melissa Jennings


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