ARC Review – Squall by Chad Norman


Poetry | 108 pages | 03.24.2020 | Guernica Editions Inc


6Honestly, this collection wasn’t very memorable. As I’m trying to write this review a few weeks after finishing the book, I’m having a hard time recollecting any specific poems … .

Ok, after skimming through my copy, I do have a few thoughts! I’m a huge Mary Shelley fan and her voice shone through in this collection. The poems have a very strong feminist and Gothic feel. There is darkness but also romance, there is despair but also lightness, there is seclusion but also adventure. I feel the poems would lend themselves really well for oral recitation. They are a total mood and I am here for it!

To be frank, though, this is where the praise stops. I couldn’t really tell a progression in the collection. Yes, the content changed and so did Mary but as a reader, I just didn’t feel that. I didn’t grow along with her. I didn’t contemplate my own thoughts and beliefs. I didn’t walk in her shoes. These types of emotions are to me what makes poetry such a powerful medium and this collection clearly lacked that. On top of that, the formatting of this ARC was terribly inconvenient and made reading unnecessarily difficult. It is possible that this prevented me to have an emotional connection but I somehow doubt that.

So, all in all, this poetry collection wasn’t for me. It didn’t challenge me enough and it didn’t hit me deep in the feels like other collections have done in the past.

I would like to thank NetGalley, the publisher, and the author for my advanced copy of this poetry collection in exchange for an honest review.

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