Book Talk: But Not Up Here (Poems About Remembering In Neon)

Posted June 28, 2017 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Books, Other People's Creations / 0 Comments

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Book Talk: But Not Up Here (Poems About Remembering In Neon)But Not Up Here (Poems About Remembering In Neon) by RoAnna Sylver
Pages: 28

Words about love, loss, grief, PTSD, recovery, and jokes with no punchline.

Steps toward finding yourself and singing down the stars.

Also by this author: Chameleon Moon, Stake Sauce Arc 1, The Lifeline Signal

But Not Up Here (Poems About Remembering In Neon) is RoAnna Sylver’s upcoming poetry collection. It’s a very short collection dealing with grief, PTSD, love and loss. Also jokes.

Disclaimer: I received an ARC from the author and they are a friend. I have done my best to be unbiased in my review.

This is a very short collection, but don’t let that fool you into thinking it won’t pack a punch. It will. It is beautiful and elegant and if the layout of the poetry isn’t quite my preferred style in places it actually works well for the story it is telling and the emotions it’s invoking.

It’s hauntingly lyrical, and absolutely not a collection to be read just once. It’s subtle and layered and you’ll tease out more and more with each read-through. Its short length here is definitely an asset because the lines invite rereading. They invite you to wrap yourself in stardust and… not necessarily sing down the stars, as the description suggests, but sing yourself towards the stars, shining brightly along with them and dancing between them from glow to glow.

I always find it hard to talk about poetry, but I really enjoyed this and I would recommend this highly. It’s incredibly emotional, heartfelt and mesmerising. I’ve been trying to find better words to capture the beauty of this collection, but I’ve been failing so far. T_T

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