Poems on self-love and spiritual blackmail, vol. 2
by Angie Outis
Continuing from Sorry So Sorry, the author writes about her painful awakening to something very amiss both in her marriage and in the community of her church. With the conformity and expectations to always seem pleasant and content, while her frustrations grew. Instead of being supported and encouraged, the tiny snippets shared in these poems show that she felt belittled and criticized. I try to imagine how she must have felt- the overwhelming sense is one of being stepped on. Constant reiteration that men were superior, important, women a secondary role. Her husband sparked with anger at small things that were wrong, and hid the large ones. She tried to shield her young children, tried to pretend everything was okay. Until a missive arrived from her husband\’s employer, which obviously held a dirty secret. I have to admit I\’m really curious to read what was revealed- maybe in the next chapbook of the series she opens the paperwork. Why do we always want to know each other\’s pain, to know how bad the worst of it was? I think it was very brave of her to write these poems about the disintegration of her relationship, all the little things that occurred in private to bring her down.The writing felt a lot more vivid to me in this volume. I was especially struck by the poem titled \”Why I Write\” that personifies her fear of emotion.
I received a copy of this book from the author.
Rating: 4/5 23 pages, 2017