The Smallest of Bones - Holly Lyn Walrath


Genre: Poetry

Release Date: Expected 26th September 2021

Publisher: CLASH Books

The Smallest of Bones is unique collection of small poems with a chilling and somewhat ethereal undertone throughout. Covering topics such a love, relationships, and heartbreak in such a shattering tone, then jumping into the subjects of sexuality, queerness, gender  and identity and of course death, ghosts and bones. 

"If you strip me down to my bones, am i yours?"

This collection was intimate peek into the thoughts and soul of somebody on a journey of painful self acceptance and reflection. In a dark, constantly moving style that isn't for everyone - it isn't written in perfect stanzas and is in that beautifully disjointed modern style that feels more like a trailing, confusing thought than a standard poem but so much more visually enchanting. Jumping between hauntingly beautiful and viscerally crude and raw, this was difficult and dark at times - especially if you're sensitive to repetitive references to blood and bones.

While these poems may be shadowy, this honestly powerful collection offers a brief glimmer of light in the darkness for anyone who is trying to learn about who they are down to the smallest of bones.

RATING: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Thank you to Holly Lyn Walrath, Clash Books and Netgalley for this ARC in return for an honest review. 

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