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dear judas by Melissa Jennings

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Why hello there!

I have an important poetry announcement – my next poetry collection will be titled dear judas. 

dear judas will be the first of many chapbooks addressing different kinds of beings who have left their mark on the world.

Here is a little background as to why I chose this title:

I was raised Catholic. I was fascinated by the Gospel stories in the New Testament of the Bible. However, I had heard the name Judas before actually reading his story. As I grew up, I realised that the name Judas was associated with the words: betrayal, liar, backstabber etc. Years later, I was in a play in college which was written by Stephen Adly Guirgis, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, where Judas is given a trial in Purgatory, and well, Judas is shown to be like anyone else – flawed. It is a fantastic play, please give it a read! You will not regret it.

The word association with Judas is potent and personally meaningful to me, as you will discover when reading the collection in due course. We all have our Judas’. 

dear judas will be a part of a series of poetry letters, published by Amazon Createspace. The release date is to be confirmed, but it will be released before Underworld.

You can add dear judas on Goodreads!

Thank you for reading!

– Melissa Jennings

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Literature Reviews

Review: Small Ghost by Trista Mateer

small ghost

Rating: ★★★★★ (5 stars)

Title: Small Ghost

Poet: Trista Mateer

Genre: Poetry

Where to buy: Amazon

Summary: “Small Ghost is a brief narrative collection of poetry about depression and anxiety with a central focus on coping mechanisms.” (Source: Goodreads)

Content Warnings: scars, mental illness, knives, anxiety, panic attacks, alcohol abuse, low self-esteem, blood, use of the word f*cking.

My thoughts

Small Ghost is one of the most relatable and tragic poetry collections I have ever read. As someone who suffers from depression and anxiety, I recognised myself within these pages. Trista Mateer’s dedication nearly made me weep:

for anybody who feels like they’d


pull the sheet over their head and play


than get out of the bed in the morning

The narrative-like structure of Small Ghost was what intrigued to read Mateer’s collection, as I was curious if the summary would be connected to this “small ghost”, and goodness, I finished reading the collection with a whole new understanding of my mental health.

As I adored this collection, dog-earing every page on my Kindle app, I will share some poems/lines that were my (absolute) favourite:

she makes things so people know she’s still


she makes things so she knows she’s still here

– Small Ghost Gets Creative

There is something about creating things that make you feel alive, makes you feel real. It’s also bizarre how, as people, we feel a need to do things in order to feel a part of society and/or even ourselves.

I also loved Lauren Zaknoun’s illustrations of the “Small Ghost”; the images of the ghost made the poetry much more impactful.

Why did I read it?

Mental illness is rarely discussed as it is, so this was a must read.

Does the poet have other works?

Trista Mateer has written other poetry collections, such as The Dogs I Have Kissed, Honeybee, and [Redacted].


I LOVE THIS COLLECTION. I really want a physical copy. Please, Trista?

If you enjoy impactful, poignant poetry, then this is for you.

– Melissa Jennings

Have you read narrative-like poetry before?

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