If you find yourself hungry for the kind of words that walk boldly into the dark filled spaces of your poetic heart, be prepared to put your dancing shoes on. This anthology is a collective kaleidoscope of fragmented and pulsing light from some of the most talented writers around the globe. Having them intermingle, and rubbing shoulders against each other in one volume – is a gala for the senses. Every page begins a new dance, and these writers have intricate and unashamed moves. Shake the dust off and spin that heart and soul around, because you are going to want to twirl all night long in arms of those who will look into your eyes with understanding, and delve into your misunderstood heart with compassion. The writers voices blend together in a satisfying gulp; Tasting one minute like jungle juice with bawdy friends on a Saturday night, and then powerfully like a time travel elixir that lets you relive all the parts of a past you thought were ashes on the moon.
Anthologies are wonderful eye openers because you are exposed to so many new writers and their own individual styles of writing.
Some standouts for me were:
Henna Sjoblom Her poem Miscarriage splayed me. Every word. So good.
Weekly Meetings by Georgia Park brought every insecurity I had out into the cold and then blanketed them with every word thereafter.
I found delicious comfort in every scar I quilted. Phenomenal.
These days when you have a daughter by Samantha Lucero lefts its mark because as a mother I found so much truth in her words.
Out of my hands by Matthew D. Eayre The tears -both happy and sad, would not stop.
In Blues and Golds by Nicole Lyons proves she is a treasure under the sea in her exceptional craftmanship of imagery.
Lost Voice by Christine E. Ray left me spellbound. I felt every word. Like a willow tree shaking her hair after an afternoon romp.
Even now, with every step I feel the vibrations under my feet. I will carry these words with me.
There are so many more I could list, but suffice to say this anthology will be one I read time and time again.
It is an absolute must for every poetry lovers poetic library.