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There is no tiptoeing here.
Anaïs Chartschenko walks the fiery path of her emotions and delivers one of the most intensely honest collections I've ever read.
This is raw poetry. Beautifully and intensely raw at that. You wonder how much of what is captured here is inspiration and how much of the source material is from real life. I found myself again and again reading and being floor by how deep these lines carve. I've recently begun to read more poetry and have for some time always had a poetry collection running while I read other works and I can honestly say this is as candid as Bukowski, but no vulgarity, just pure raw emotion.
I picked this collection up not really sure what to expect and what I found is yet another indie author that has impressed me and leaves me intensely curious as to what is next. If you want to read something that is as deep and personal as a page can hold, this is a wonderful example of just that.
Fans of poetry should absolutely go and get this book right now. I have a feeling you’ll be glad you did.
My own expertise in poetry is not among modern poets, but this small collection is packed with what I found to be quality poetry. It evoked emotion, whether pain or rage or straight numbness. Raw talent drips through verse after verse, line after line. The reader also hopes, after reading this somber collection, that pouring these words out helped to provide a sense of healing and closure to the situations described.
It is clear, by the end, that Ms. Chartschenko is a poet to watch and her newest release, The Weightless One, should prove to be an excellent and unique read because it is a novel told in verse. Her talent in verse is apparent in this collection, and I fully expect the same talent shining through in that versified novel.
When I read the first poem in the second part, “How to Even Say,” I stopped and took a deep breath. It is one of the most intense, truthful poems I’ve ever read. There are so many people who go through heartache, anxiety, depression… but it is difficult to put into words some of the more painful things we may go through. It’s more than difficult to express the thoughts that go through our minds when we feel fear and shrink into ourselves. This poem conveyed it well. Many more after it had the same effect. The urge to escape, to forget, to purify… losing all sense of self. They are a bit intoxicating.
In the third part, there is a poem called, “You Are.” The message I took away from it is, there is always beauty, and there is always a choice to change. There is a dark theme to it, and then there is more. This sentence stuck out to me… “You are worth all of the effort because there is no other you.” Beautiful words from a soul full of depth.
I can’t begin to go into detail on everything that deserves recognition in this book of utterly candid poetry. There are too many aspects to touch base on. I highly suggest you give it a read.