Rating: ★★★★★ (5 stars)
Title: Forgive Me My Salt
Poet: Brenna Twohy
Where to buy: Amazon
Summary: “Brenna Twohy’s debut collection reads like a letter to all that haunts her– letting them know that despite her wounds, she’s still alive.” (Source: Goodreads)
Content Warnings: low self-esteem, alcohol, use of f*ck, knife, trauma, threat, vivid description of fish being pierced by hook, shattered glass, noose, bleeding, rotting, description of drowning, animal death, death, nightmare, funeral, sex, mental illness, panic attacks, mention of rape, anxiety, erotic Harry Potter fanfiction, use of the word wh*re.
Brenna Twohy’s debut collection can only be described in one word: intense. From the first poem, I connected to Twohy’s words. As Twohy is known for her spoken word performances, you can tell by reading her poetry that the words have a life of their own. She has this succinct way of expressing herself in each poem, her dark metaphors are just what the doctor ordered.
when my body feels
more cage than shelter
and my hands ache from the rebuilding,
– Consider This Your Only Warning
Twohy’s opening poem has some beautifully dark imagery. The second and third line of the poem completely seized me. It perfectly expresses feeling trapped in your own body, your own home.
Do you really think Lazarus wasn’t angry
when they opened up his tomb?
Do you really think you can come back
without bringing hell with you?
– I Know It’s a Little Late
These are the final lines of Twohy’s poem, and I again was seized with emotion. How is it possible for this poet to express so much in so little? The ambiguity of the last line is overwhelming!
Why did I read it?
The title was intriguing and somewhat amusing, so I was curious.
Does the poet have other works?
Brenna Twohy will be releasing a second poetry collection titled Zig-Zag Girl.
I am speechless with this poetry collection. It has completely purged me. If you love dark, visceral poetry, then this is for you.
– Melissa Jennings
What was the last poetry collection you read in one sitting?
Let me know!