Literature Reviews

Review: Before I Lose My Nerve by Layla S. Tanjutco


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Rating: ★★ (2 stars)

Title: Before I Lose My Nerve (This is NOT About You)

Poet: Layla S. Tanjutco

Genre: Poetry

Where to buy: Amazon

Summary: “If you’ve ever had your heart broken you would know that it takes courage to love again. Before I Lose My Nerve is a collection of poems about heartbreak, the journey to finding the courage to love again, and realizing the kind of love that one deserves.” (Source: Goodreads)

Content Warnings: sexual imagery, bleeding.

My thoughts

For me, this collection lacked depth. I struggled to connect to the poetry. The content of the poetry was not the issue, it was the writing style which I somehow didn’t connect with. Maybe it was the choice of words or the syntax. I am also confused at the subtitle, as the collection is quite descriptive about someone. Then again, the final poem in Tanjutco’s collection explains that the collection is for herself. As a poet, I certainly understand that poetry is often created purely for the poet, not for a reader.

Despite such a low rating, I did like a couple of Tanjutco’s lines:

There was only

the deafening silence

of my tears





– Timber

The spacing of the final line was quite clever. The spacing creates onomatopoeia, where the isolation of the last four words produces the sound of the tears falling. On the other hand, the speaker describes the falling of the tears as painfully loud yet silent.

Why did I read it?

Love poetry is an interesting sub-genre of poetry, so I like to read different styles.

Does the poet have other works?

As far as I am aware, no.


Tanjutco’s writing style simply wasn’t for me in places. If you like short love poetry collections, then this is for you.

– Melissa Jennings

Do you prefer a certain writing style?

Let me know!

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