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“LET’S TALK ABOUT” by Katrina Loos — book chat and review

hey theydies and gentlethems this week i wanted to talk about a poetry collection that i had the honor of beta reading and editing! it’s a wonderful collection by Katrina Loos entitled “Lets Talk About It.” you can find her on twitter (@thekatrinaloos) and she’s also a top writer on Medium!

her writing ranges in topics: primarily medical cannabis, mental health, and healing. and this collection of poems truly embodies what i love about our freelovingwitch coven: its open, honest, and real.

it’s brave. truly.

and i can’t wait for you all to read it. you can find it on amazon in a beautifully put together paperback format with cover art designed by Katrina herself.

i’ll be talking a little more in-depth about it in a vlog tomorrow but what i want to hammer home here is how much i APPRECIATE this piece of work.

Let’s Talk About It. is brave and inspiring. it tears down the stigma around mental illness and urges us to open up and discuss topics that aren’t always comfortable.

we push on.

we grow.

we heal.

we thrive.

and growing is the hardest part. breaking down is easy — the growth period is what’s hard. we have to confront things we’ve been burying or hiding for so long and actually put in the work to heal them. and if there’s any peace i can give to katrina it’s that healing isn’t linear. and it takes time. but your bravery helps others find comfort in speaking out and your bravery in itself is inspiring.

like katrina writes “this book is for the one/ who yearn to translate/ their anxiety into words/ but don’t know how it’s done”

i truly think it’ll be a revelation for some.

opening up can be the best form of healing. breaking down barriers and stigmas in the mental health community is crucial for growth and writers like katrina are leading the way.

so let’s talk about it:

have you checked out this collection yet? what did you think? what else have you been reading lately? what coping skills do you keep in your tool box for when your anxiety flares up? what helps you heal?

stay safe and stay strong.

mmt

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book talk: “the bitter end” by kaliane faye

i know, i know. it’s been a while.

i took a mini hiatus from existing; but i’m back now and feeling better than ever.

or at least getting there.

this week i wanted to do a little book talk about one of my favorite poetesses Kaliane Faye!

she’s a lovely and energetic person who i found through book blogging and bookish social media. Moonrise was her debut (something i missed out on, actually) but the bitter end is her newest release and wow was it a good one!

the bitter end is a super quick and easy read and it’s very ~beginner friendly~ when it comes to modern poetry collections. while it may be a light read, it can weigh heavy on the heart.

a story of loose ends and bitter losses – it’s sure to leave an biting aftertaste on the tip of your tongue.

this collection truly encapsulates what’s it’s like to leave a chapter of your story with a bit of cliff hanger. it hits to the core for those of us who have felt a bitter ending relationship or lost a loved one in. situation that proved unfair. Kaliane writes so powerfully, so concisely, on a topic that most of refuse to touch on for fear of re-breaking our own heart.

it’s healing.

it’s cathartic.

i highly recommend y’all check this one out. it’s available on amazon and i’d love to discuss it and chat about it with you! let’s have real book talks, soon 🌱

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thoughts (so far) on “love, and you”

welcome back HomeBrew Book Club members; how was your week?

personally, mine was hectic as hell and i barely squeezed in any time for reading — i feel so guilty! but i did restart on our book “love, and you” by gretchen gomez and i thought i’d share my “so far” thoughts with you and maybe even try to come up with some discussion prompts so you all can join in on book club!

keep in mind: my book club posts are NOT “reviews” i don’t believe in ~good~ or ~bad~ writing i just have opinions on the things that work for me. so yes, there will be “spoilers” and yes, this will be biased as fuck. but hey, we’re all just supposed to be here to share our experiences and what makes these books so special to us. so let’s go!

i first found gretchen gomez (@/chicnerdreads) through a twitter friend. i was drawn to her bold and empowering personality that she holds on twitter. she’s incredibly intelligent, interesting as fuck, and blunt as hell. no holds barred. and you know i love that shit.

she’s also — an incredible poet. an amazing badass latinx from the bronx speaking her not-always-pretty truth? you know i was invested, personally, from the get go.

but then. i found her debut poetry book “love, and you” and yea i was late to the party but once i joined i felt right at home.

her writing truly embodies what the spirit of true poetry means to me — brutal honesty and openness.

these aren’t “pretty truths”

— and i won’t compare her writing to other, different poets because i think ALL poetry is a good form of expression —

but her words are REAL. and they hit me like a punch in the gut. and THAT is what i love about (what i call) “true poetry/art”.

“but what’s so special about “love, and you” what is this out very FIRST READ for your baby bookclub?”

because it embodies everything i want my bookclub (and all my other projects) to be.

it’s honest. (and you can read my super old poem about THAT here)

one of my favorite snippets from the very first few pages:

FUCK THE IDEA THAT YOU NEED SOMEONE OR SOMETHING ELSE TO BE WHOLE.

to all the younger women and teenagers out there and to 15 year old me: you deserve the world. and sometimes he can’t give it to you. so go out there. get your hands dirty. and get it yourself. own your “flaws”

do they tell you talk too much, or too loudly? speak LOUDER. make yourself heard.

gretchen gomez has this incredible way of taking a story of love and loss and heartbreak and healing and turns it into an empowering tale of GROWTH. it’s truly inspiring.

she let’s you know, in the most promising way, that sometimes it’s okay to be broken. it’s okay to need help. it’s okay to ask for help. and you know what else.

it’s okay to walk away when someone doesn’t appreciate you, or downright deserve, the love that you have in your heart for them:

my mind is my worst enemy too, gretchen, and it was healing and cathartic and an absolute blessing to have something so beautiful to empathize with. thank you for reminding me that “my worth is more than the depression that fights to hug me” a reread this line everyday.

so those are my thoughts so far. opinionated, i know.

but i want to hear from YOU! have you picked up this book yet? how did it make you feel? what resonated with you?

something i love about her poetry is how stylized it is. it has a very unique fingerprint and i love reading it – what about you? do you like the way her poetry sounds when spoken aloud? this is one of my favorites to recite from because it’s truly so moving – like casting a spell.

do you feel a connection with the tone and themes? do you like modern poetry or n general? let me know – let’s discuss!

xxx

mmt