Poems on self-love and spiritual blackmail, vol. 3
by Angie Outis
I really like the very first poem in this volume, which speaks metaphorically of her faith as a slab of meat in the fridge, of all things. Her voice is so acerbic. She writes about further disintegration of her faith, and her marriage. Of challenging behavior patterns and rules. Of questioning the status quo. Asking for help from one who was supposed to be in a role of spiritual leadership, and being shut down. Gestures of anger, striking out against sacred symbols. In the earlier volumes it wasn\’t as clear, but this one makes it obvious which particular belief system the author had issues with.
I should point out, these poems are for adult readers. The author isn\’t shy about speaking of conflicts she had with her husband, regarding intimacy. And some of the poems are quite sensual in nature. The writing is raw and eloquent, but there were a few poems I just didn\’t get. Something was left out, leaving me guessing as to what the title really pointed to. Or perhaps I\’m just a bit dense (poetry isn\’t my usual genre, after all). And I wish there was more! The moment I turned the last page, I wanted to pick up the next book and keep reading.
I received a copy of this book from the author.
Rating: 4/5 22 pages, 2017