Rating: ★★★★ (4 stars)
Title: Empty Hotel Rooms Meant for Us
Poet: Christina Hart
Where to buy: Amazon
Summary: “This collection of poetry focuses on dismembered loves, present and past, as past lovers aren’t actually in the past for the author. She carries parts of them with her, even though their hearts are no longer hers.” (Source: Goodreads)
Content Warnings: implied hanging, use of f*ck and variations of it, mention of heroin addiction, mention of killing.
I connected with the majority of Christina Hart’s poems in this collection. In each poem, I felt the despair of having to carry the past within you, and how much it can hold you back from the present and future. I think these poems would impact more as spoken word pieces as some of the language used was repetitive, however, the conversational tone of Hart’s poetry makes it easier to connect with difficult themes.
Here are some of my favourites:
I will take these parts of you
and push this fucking cart
around town until you try
to come take them back.
But you won’t-
you always loved being lost.
– Pushing Carts
The cover art for Hart’s collection was perhaps inspired by this particular poem. There is something darkly comical about the pushing around a cart full of parts of someone else as if they were nothing but plastic mannequin pieces. The last two lines create the idea of leaving parts of ourselves with other people, whether it be a lover or a friend. The last line, in particular, was an unusual ending; it conveyed that even when they were “whole”, they still indeed lost. Maybe we’re all lost.
Why did I read it?
I have already read Letting Go is an Acquired Taste and it was noted that this collection was a companion piece.
Does the poet have other works?
Christina Hart has written another poetry collection titled Letting Go is an Acquired Taste – you can check out my review here. Hart has also written fantasy series called The Rosebush Series.
I would love to hear this poetry collection aloud one day. If you enjoy bitter poetry, then this is for you.
– Melissa Jennings
What poetry collections go well together?
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