I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review
I going to start off this review like I usually do when it comes to collections like this: I’m honestly the worst person when it comes to analyzing poetry and that’s why I don’t often read it. However, I still enjoyed this collection from fellow Canadian author, Sandy Day.
Chatterbox is a collection of poems written during a terrible time, the end of a marriage. The poems the book contains are vivid with metaphors and imagery that expresses the harsh reality of coming to know someone you once loved is no longer that person. That they no longer love you back. The feeling of loss and loneliness comes through with a vengeance.
Although I have no actual negative thoughts with the collection, I did find Chatterbox has an older vibe to it. This isn’t a bad thing, more an observation as I am more used to younger voices like Michael Faudet, Lang Leav, and Amanda Lovelace. For older readers fond of the topic covered by said authors, I would certainly recommend Chatterbox as Sandy is able to combine a more “classic” style of poetry with a kind of youthfulness that keeps her words from being stuffy.
A solid three out of five from me.
Author: Sandy Day
Published: January 18th 2018
Summary: Chatterbox is a collection of one hundred and ten poems, tiny tellings written during a year of marriage disintegration. The poems explore a world of bewildering emotions ranging from sadness and terror to anger and enlightenment. The reader enters a world conjured from fairytales and dolls, the Garden of Eden, and the Wizard of Oz; the pages abound with moths and mice, dogs and horses, roosters and crows, oranges and apples, the moon and the sun.
A creative force, exploding after decades of silence, inspires the Chatterbox poems. The poet struggles to attend to a Muse that wakes her each morning, urging her to capture a spirit igniting inside her. The poet observes her own life as it falls apart and fragments then miraculously turns her outward toward others.
Whose heart hasn’t cracked open and broken? Do any of us withstand the pain and transcend to the other side? Can we leave betrayal and abandonment behind without bitterness and resentment? Can we move on and find our true soaring spirits? Chatterbox answers these questions with a resounding, yes!